Most folks would see a collection of tins, silverware, and metal Christmas ornaments lying in piles and consider it presorting for recycling. Betsy Soifer sees small birds with attitudes. Over the next few hours, after drilling, bending metal, using tin snips, and a metal file, the birds emerge and are waiting to greet their new owners.
Betsy Soifer was born and raised as an artist’s daughter in suburban eastern Pennsylvania. Encouraged by her father and his artist friends, she dabbled in drawing, pen and ink, painting, and sculpting using both clay and wood as her media.
Accepted in both art school and a traditional 4 year college , economics favored Bryn Mawr College. College was followed by medical school. After working 20+ years as either an anesthesiologist and/or intensive care physician, sculpting resurfaced in 2009 in the form of animal Christmas gifts to friends and family.
Having completed some introductory welding classes, her lack of a supporting metal shop did not slow her need to create. Using nuts/bolts/metal screws, a hack saw, an angle grinder, a drill press, and a drill, Betsy Soifer enjoys the challenge of converting recycled scraps of metal [including kitchenware, plumbing parts, construction hangers, hub cabs, knobs] into whimsical creatures for folks to smile at and enjoy. She has been fortunate to participate in Cracked Pots Garden Show, Recycled Arts Festival in Vancouver, WA, Belmont Street Fair and several SE Portland neighborhood fairs. Her creatures appear in Six Days Art Co Op gallery in Portland, Oregon and on her front porch and in her front garden.