Myrtle Beach Art Museum Hosts Exhibits By Betsy Havens and James Calk

October 2019

Though created by two different artists, these oil pieces are perfect complements.

(Left) The Age-Old Swamp - James Calk Oil, 60’’ x 48’’, 2018; (right) Rain on the Plaza - Betsy Havens Oil, 16’’ x 12’’, 2018

They say art imitates life. In the case of the creators of these paintings, husband and wife James Calk and Betsy Havens, it’s true. Calk and Havens, who reside in Georgetown, will both have work exhibited at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum this fall.

Havens, who grew up in Savannah, began her study and love of art at the Telfair Museum of Art at age 12. Her exhibit, Congregate, speaks to the common thread of her work—the human figure. Her pieces showcase her unique ability to capture the individuality of the human spirit among large assemblies of people.

Calk, who hails from Saluda, South Carolina, paints large-scale abstract landscapes in oil that feature thick applications of paint. Rhythm and Hues features an assortment of these landscapes, as well as still-lifes and a sampling of semi-abstracted paintings from his “tonalist” period, which exhibit his ability to work with a minimal palette.

The Congregate and Rhythm and Hues exhibits will both run through December 15, so come enjoy the works of these gifted artists both as separate entities and congruent complements.


Photographs courtesy of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum