Bette Ridgeway Featured on Albuquerque Journal

High on Canyon Road, past the galleries selling Southwestern art, lies an oasis of modernism. It is the home of artist Bette Ridgeway, who uses a plastic cup rather than a brush to apply paint to her canvases.

Ridgeway, who celebrated her 80th birthday on Jan. 28, moved to Santa Fe in 1996 from Virginia and has never looked back. Within a week of her arrival, she found a place to live, a studio where she could work and lined up her first gallery show. “It was magic,” she said.

A native of Tupper Lake, New York, a hamlet in the Adirondacks, Ridgeway studied the visual arts with an emphasis on graphic design at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York…