Betty’s Bench

Posted on May 27, 2008


Art Brown\'s studioEveryone who knows her – or who read about Betty Beeby on the occasion of her 85th birthday – knows about the bench she commissioned for the Pearl family section in Lakeview Cemetery.   Blacksmith Art Brown translated Betty’s design into wrought iron at his studio at Torch Tip Ironworks.  In April I dropped by to see the work in progress, and found Art pondering the best material to use for the pearl.  He figured it out and installed the finished piece at Lakeview, where you can see it for yourself – or you can just enjoy the pictures Babs Young took for you.  (Click on the photo to see a larger view.)

In place . . .The design is pure Betty: an artist’s brush, a ladyslipper, tall pines, a log cabin on the lake, her exuberant BB signature, and in the center, the Pearl in Hand logo that represents both Pearl Press and the scholarship she awards each year to an art student from the region.  (The 2008 recipient is Maggie Piellusch of Ellsworth.)

. . . with a view of Torch LakeLakeview is a gentle place.  Betty’s Bench fits right in, the perfect spot for a little contemplation, with a view of Torch Lake and a place to put your brushes, or a cocktail, depending.