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Ellen Lesperance wins Betty Bowen

From Portland. I’ve never heard of her, and her website is mysterious – all flash, little info.  Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, the  Betty Bowen Award goes annually to a Northwest artist. The top prize is $15,000.  Two runner-up awards for $2,500 go to Elias Hansen and Barbara Sternberger.

Oct. 21, 6-7 p.m., there’s a reception for the three artists at SAM, followed by artists’ talks, 7-8. Free admission.

This image, filed under “writing,” is on her website. May or may not be her work. I like it either way, as the illusion to which the image refers is in all senses threadbare.



  1. Yes, Ellen is very cool, and her art is cool as well. But in truth, you should see her bowl. She can swing that ball like nobody’s business.
    Congradulations Ellen!

  2. After looking at Ellen’s website a year or two ago I somehow convinced myself that she would do well by introducing herself to the art of Mandy Greer. Probably a mistaken assumption on my part but I thought these two fibre artists might be kindred in spirit and possibly lifestyle as well.

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