Betty & Dennis Hayzlett | Betty Hayzlett - Wool & Fiber Art
Betty Hayzett's fiber art includes wet-felting, needle felting, nuno felting and weaving combined with other media to create abstract wall art, sculptures, vessels and home decor that are rich in color and texture. 
Betty Hayzett, Art, Fiber art, mixed media art, felting, weaving, sculpture, vessels, home decor
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Betty Hayzlett
Artist Statement:

For years my art focused on commenting on the human world around me, and, more particularly, on the struggle going on in my personal life. In recent years as my life has calmed, I have been able to look at the environment around me, and my work has included more comment on the natural world. But I always include a focus on the relationships among the elements of the piece itself. I love to play with contrast because of the interest and excitement that it can bring to a work. In creating vessels I can emphasize the contrast between what happens on the inside and on the outside of the piece, or among the pieces in a group. My love of rich color is important, as is my love of texture and the different surfaces that can be created with felt and by adding other materials and techniques. I am constantly looking at how one element changes, enhances, or “speaks to” another, and at what these disparate elements communicate to the observer. I look for ways to engage the viewer to interact with the organic form, the rich color, and the tactile quality of each piece, to create their own personal dialog with my work.


As an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Betty majored in fine art and focused on sculptural media. In her final semester she decided to use a medium that she understood and felt comfortable with: fiber. Her ”final” project, which led to her extending her studies into an additional summer, was a large piece made of cloth stretched over a metal armature. The subsequent summer’s creations were a series of smaller studies using the same basic technique.

Betty later I took a weaving class and quickly found that she loved the medium, but found that the straight lines of loom weaving felt too confining. Therefore she tried weaving curves and weaving on three dimensional structures, similar to her undergraduate creations.

For the past thirty plus years she has been developing her art, adding new techniques from knitting and crochet, to paper making, lost-wax bronze casting, wood working, welding, felting, and needle felting. Each new technique has added to her repertoire of skills, and has allowed her to expand her options when trying to create a particular piece.

Even as she learns to control each medium, she also allows herself to use chance occurrences and surprises to add to her repertoire and to challenge her to be free and flexible in the creative process.

Betty has exhibited in a number of venues in Boise, Idaho, where she lives, and elsewhere. She is a member the Boise Open Studios Collective Organization (BOSCO), and opens her studio to the public each October. Betty exhibits frequently in shows sponsored by the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance, of which she is also a member. She has art work in private and public spaces in Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Washington, Wisconsin, and Alberta, Canada.


1966, B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado

1969, M.S. from Indiana University

Additional art classes at Indiana University (1967-1969) and at Boise State University (1972-1990), and occasional workshops.


2014 “Monsters!”, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance, Boise, Idaho

2014 “Four Eyes: An Optical Collusion,” collaborative work done with encaustic artist Barbara Michener, Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance, Boise, Idaho

2014 “Formidable, the Touchable Sculptures of Betty Maguire Hayzlett,” Surel’s Place Flash Show, Boise, Idaho

2014 “Metamorphosis,” Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance, Boise, Idaho

2013 “Foray,” Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance, Boise, Idaho

2013 “Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold,” Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

2013 Art Source Gallery Annual Juried Show, Boise, Idaho

2013 “Local Color,” Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance, Boise, ID

2013 “What the World Needs Now…,” Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance, Boise, Idaho

2013 “Opening Doors: A Glimpse into the Artist’s Mind,” Boise Open Studio (BOSCO), Boise, Idaho

2012 “Inside View,” Treasure Valley Artists Alliance, Boise, Idaho

2012   Boise Open Studios Visual Arts Collective Show, Boise, Idaho

2012   Treasure Valley Artists Alliance “Silver Linings” Show

2012   Treasure Valley Artists Alliance “Foray” Show

2012    Juror and demonstrator for Idaho Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

2011    Touchmark’s Fall Fine Art Show, Meridian, Idaho

2011    Boise Open Studios Collective Organization Show

2010    Boise Open Studios Collective Organization Show

2010    Art Source Gallery Juried Show, Boise, Idaho

2010    Nature by Design, Larson Gallery, Yakima, Washington

2009    Boise Open Studios Collective Organization Show

2009    Fine Arts Festival at the Waterfront, Boise, Idaho

2009    “Fantastic Fibers” at the Yeiser Art Center in Padukah, Kentucky

2009    Two pieces used by the Dublin Examining Board in its Vocational Specialism, Craft & Design Course exam.

2008    to 2012, exhibiting in Brown’s Gallery, Boise, Idaho (Brown’s Gallery closed in 2012)

2008    to the present: Member of Boise Open Studios Collective Organization (BOSCO)

2008    Boise Open Studios Collective Organization Exhibit, Boise Historical Museum

2008    August and September Exhibit in Washington Federal Savings Bank, Boise, Idaho

2008    Carnegie Art Center Regional Juried Art Show, Walla Walla, Washington; second place Jean Jamison Memorial Award

2007    Eleven pieces in “Natural Wonders of Fleece and Vine” at the Carnegie Art Center in Walla Walla, Washington

1998   “Material Matters,” a six-woman show of fiber and paper art in the Student Union Gallery at Boise State University.

1993    One-person show, Scandinavia Today

1992    “Art Alternatives,” show, Scandinavia Today, Boise, Idaho.

1989   Two-person show, Tenth Street Gallery, Boise, Idaho

1989   Two pieces in the Northwest Biennial Weavers Conference juried show “Personal Expressions.”

1987   One-person show, Boise Air Terminal, Boise, Idaho

1985-86  Wild and Woolly Ways, Boise, Idaho.

1984   Weavers Guild of Boise Valley Show

1982-83  Chataqua Studio (gallery), Boise, Idaho.

1980   Visual Expression Gallery, Boise, Idaho.

1979-80  Beaux Arts Christmas Sale, Boise, Idaho.

1975   Student Art Show (Juried), Boise State University, including one in “Best of  Show.”