Mimi Betz is a local DC area artist who rediscovered painting several years ago through study at the Yellow Barn Studio. She first developed an interest in painting while attending high school in Paris, France. Upon returning to the Washington, DC area, she began a thirty-nine year career with the federal government. In 2000, as she was preparing to retire from the U.S. Department of Transportation, her family gave her classes at the Yellow Barn Studio as a gift so that she might revive the painting talents of her youth.
Since then Mimi has continued to take classes at the Yellow Barn has enjoyed studying with its founder Walt Bartman, as well as with his son, Walt Bartman III. She has also taken workshops from plein air artists Bethanne Kinsella Cople, Sara Linda Poly and Gavin Brooks through the South Street Art Gallery in Easton, MD, and "cow painting" workshops from Walt Bartman through the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD. Mimi recently (June 2011 and 2012) studied Emphasis on Landscape with Ed Ahlstrom at Montgomery College. She also studies with Glen Kessler at Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro. Her work includes local scenes, flowers, and still lifes.
She had a solo exhibit of her paintings at the Yellow Barn Gallery in January 2006, as well as a shared show in April 2007. Several of her paintings were on display at Brookside Gardens in September and October of 2007. Her work was included in the 2006 Strathmore Hall Members Show in April 2006 and the “paint to cure” exhibit at the Yellow Barn Gallery during the winter of 2005. Mimi displays work at the yearly Glen Echo Park Labor Day Art Show, the Women's Club of Chevy Chase Art Show (held in March), and most Montgomery County Plein Air Artists Shows.
Mimi loves to paint en plein air. She may often be found painting at the edge of a field of sunflowers or along the C&O canal, or painting the Potomac River from the GW Parkway. She often takes her painting paraphernalia on family vacations and spends a day or two painting in such places as La Jolla, California; Lake Wentworth, New Hampshire; Boynton Beach, Florida; South Carolina; or Sedona and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo, MD
Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association
Montgomery County Plein Air Artists
Garrett Co. Art Sale & Wine Festival
September 12, 2015, McHenry, MD, w/artists Marylouise Roach and Madeleine Schaller
Rockville Mayors Office
April 17, 2014 through July 15, 2014
Flowers , Food and Fun Paintings
Bethesda Main Library
7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD
Month of November 2013
with Marylouise Roach and Madeleine Schaller
Flowers, Food, & Fun Paintings