Betsy Bennett, Artist: A Cape Cod Treasure

Betsy Bennett, Artist: A Cape Cod Treasure


“A Cape Cod Treasure” is a collection of sensitively painted landscapes that illustrate Bennett’s belief that nature triumphs over man. Bennett’s self-portraits show the artist as she saw herself at different stages of her life.

At age 13, Bennett began the serious study of art at the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Pennsylvania art Association. She was awarded a scholarship to Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, and in 1955 moved to Cape Cod where she and her husband Sid Bennett had three children.

Bennett taught watercolor, oil painting and drawing through the Chatham, Harwich and Dennis-Yarmouth adult education programs and served as a substitute art teacher in those towns’ schools. She also taught at the Cape Cod Art Association and the Nauset Painters.

In 1976, the Bennetts moved to the Oregon Coast, returning to Cape Cod in 1993. Bennett re-established her studio in Harwich and served on the CCMOA’s Art’s Collections and Acquisitions Committee until a year before her death in 2007.