Guy's gallery at the Art Center of Burlington was made possible through the funds and support of her best friend Wilma Groe.
Betty Guy always wanted a permanent display of her artwork at the Art Center of Burlington, and through the funds and support of her best friend Wilma Groe, that dream finally came true Tuesday afternoon.
About a dozen people gathered at the downtown art center to dedicate a gallery wall to the late artist.
Kendal Guy Dionne and Terry Guy, Betty’s children, talked of what it was like growing up with her murals painted on their bedroom walls. Neighbors Joleme and Dan Allen told of her kindness in leaving them a beloved painting after her death. Many spoke of the pleasure it was to carefully carry her artwork around for exhibits and shows.
Groe, with tears welling up in her eyes, talked of how she met Guy nearly 60 years before when they went to parties and dances together around Burlington. Groe said Guy invited her on a trip to Europe, and that is where their friendship blossomed.
The art center already owned the pieces of art put on display, including Guy’s famous seasonal series of Snake Alley. Guy worked in a variety of mediums, but her son said oil painting was her favorite.
“It’s all familiar things she painted,” said Groe. “And so that always gives it a deeper meaning.”
Because of all the talented artists in the area, Terry Guy said he did not think the art center would ever create a gallery wall for his mother. However, the love for Guy displayed at the art center Tuesday showed how it became possible.
“I think that this wall is much about Betty, but it is also about Wilma,” said Tammy McCoy, executive director of the Art Center of Burlington. “And it’s about friendship, and it’s about art, and it’s about love.”
Groe also donated funds to the art center for an outdoor public sculpture, serving as a tribute to all the arts. The sculpture is set to be installed on the corner of Jefferson and Third Streets in the spring.