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If You Want to Know How I Got Brainwashed

Story and Paintings

Foreword by Michael D. Langone
Published by City Point Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Betsy Dovydenas is an artist who painted and wrote her story about joining a bogus church run by a bogus pastor.

In more than 200 monoprints with narrative text, she tells the story of being tricked, sweet-talked, coaxed, manipulated, conned, coerced and exploited. 

In short, she was brainwashed. 

This book shows how it happened.

About The Author

Betsy Dovydenas was born and raised in Excelsior, Minnesota, on Christmas Lake. She graduated Minnetonka High School, the University of Minnesota, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, where she studied with Philip Wofford, Paul Resika, Willard Midgette, Annie Poor, and Mary Frank, among other artists.

Betsy has been a painter for 45 years. Monoprints are her preferred medium. She has exhibited her work at the Berkshire Museum, the Painting Center in New York, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle, the Meyerhoff Gallery at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Boreas Gallery in Brooklyn.

“As a painter I’ve always considered it bad luck to censor myself. As though I’d lose the ability to see the visions in my head and draw my dreams.”

Product Details

  • Publisher: City Point Press (September 14, 2021)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781947951402

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