|Betty Guy American Biography|
Betty Guy (American, 20th Century)
Betty Studied at San Francisco State University and entered Cal for graduate work taking art classes. Also furthered studies at the Alliance Francaise, Paris.
Betty exhibited in many cities. Her first exhibit was at the Gallerie Henri Tronche on Rue de La Boetie, Paris.
Betty's first museum exhibit was at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1961. Her works are also in the collections of; The Queen of England, Placido Domingo, Gianni Versace, and John Steinbeck who she also good friends with. She wrote a short book about her 1957 trip to England where she met Steinbeck and his wife, entitled Surprise for Steinbeck, who commissioned her to do a painting of his home.
She was the company artist for the San Francisco Opera House for many years doing the program covers and painting scenes from company rehearsals. She has met some of her more famous clients via the Opera. At Gumps in San Francisco, CA, beginning in 1956, Betty had become the longest running artist who has featured and sold works through their retail location, before it moved to its Post Street, location. She did commission paintings for the Port of San Francisco which were a series of watercolors of the Embarcadero among other San Francisco scenes.
(Rewritten, Sources: Lowell Alumni Association Newsletter, Fall 2006; ucsf.com).