A juried-award winning collage artist and specialist in hand made and vintage papers, Betty established the Butternut Gallery in Montrose, Pennsylvania, more than 20 years ago to bring fine arts to a rural and vacation community in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. She helped orchestrate a popular Artist Open House Tour, for its large arts community, and a few years ago, approached me with a few friends to help them set up a non-profit community arts and music program, Pink Arrow Arts, to offset dwindling arts education in schools and to bring it to those older and with less access. Like everything Betty touched, it flourished.
I wonder if on some level Betty felt driven to complete this last big commission, full of the life and fanfare that only Betty could have given it, as if she knew that just six weeks later, the pancreatic cancer that would cut her life short had taken root. As often happens in small towns, we were all with her through the end, stopping in for visits, making her laugh, making her happy, and keeping her content. She will live on in our new clinic, in all her paper finery. As always, I will smile when I see her work, joining in the joy it gives the thousands who will walk through our doors. But now, I will pause a little upon seeing those frolicking fish and thank her for her final gift to us.
— Sean T. Granahan Esq., President and General Counsel