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Artist of the Month: Beth Knipstein

By Courtney McKenna and Ashley Brown

Playfulness, vivid colors, and an element of fun are the building blocks of the work by Elizabeth Knipstien.   Much like herself, Knipstein’s artwork evokes an innocence and glee that presents whimsy. Despite those qualities the artist’s work is intentional.  

Beth Knipstein was born in 1983 and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. Since 2007 she has attended Gateway Arts. Knipstein’s sense of humor and love of all things Disney drive her artistic practice. Over the last 7 years Knipstein has established a strong portfolio that gives a nod to pop-culture. 

Her positive outlook, dedication, and strong work ethic has made her a widely appreciated role model in the studios.  Always willing to help her peers out when she can Knipstein receives pleasure in helping her colleagues succeed. 

Although playful, Knipstein is an emotional artist who feels very deeply.  She is an advocate for herself and other individuals with Down Syndrome.  This past year she has donated work to Anna’s Angels, for an art event to showcase art work by artists with special needs in support of Down Syndrome research. In 2013 her painting of Fenway Park was published in the Woodbine House book “A Room of Golden Shells”. Knipstien has also been featured as one of three artists in the documentary, Three Paths, produced by the Center for Emerging Artists

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