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 Ray Bethers  (1902 - 1973)

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Lived/Active: Oregon/California      Known for: wood engraving, floral landscape painting

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Ray Bethers
from Auction House Records.
White Houses, Black Roofs
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Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Printmaker, painter, engraver, illustrator, Ray Bethers was born in Corvallis, Oregon on April 25, 1902.  After graduating from the University of Oregon, in the early 1920s, Bethers moved to San Francisco where he studied with Gottardo Piazzoni and Ray Boynton at the California School of Fine Art, and with Armin Hansen.  He had further study in New York City at the Art Students League and Grand Central School followed by one year (1929-30) in Paris at Academie de Ia Grand Chaumiere.

During the 1930s, he worked in San Francisco for Foster & Kleiser (billboards) and with Lord & Thomas.  Bethers made trips to Mexico (1932), South America (1934), the South Seas (1936), and New Mexico (1937) in search of subjects.

His wood engravings are similar in style and subject matter to those of Rockwell Kent.  He was a resident of New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. He died in September 1973.

San Francisco Art Association, 1925-37; California Artists, San Diego, 1926; Emporium (SF), 1930 (solo); Gump's (SF), 1930, 1933, 1936 (solos); Art Institute of Chicago, 1934; Denver Museum, 1934; California Society of Etchers from 1934; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935; Portland Museum, 1935; Grand Central Galleries (NYC), 1935; Rockefeller Center (NYC), 1937; NW PM, 1937; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.

San Francisco Museum of Art; Texas College for Women; Library of Congress. & CAR; WWAA 1936-53.
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