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Capitol Arts Collection - Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Final Fusion" Sculptures made with cremated remains. "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure"
Horse Sculptures in Scottsdale, AZ Gallery by Beth  BehrMenczer

Beth Augusta Behr Menczer, a clay artist for more than 50 years, makes exquisite sculptures that incorporate uncanny realism with humor and whimsy. Some are embellished with found objects such as glass beads and hammered wire, but all are defined by the richness in color, texture, iridescence and intricate designs. She is continually evolving her fascination, appreciation, and technique with clay as an art form.

A New Englander by birth, Menczer received an Associate Science Degree, with Honors in Ceramics, from Endicott Junior College in Beverly Massachusetts, in 1969.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Alfred University's prestigious College of Ceramics in 1973.

Beth co-created Pentimento Studio & Gallery in Silver City, New Mexico from 1976-1982, with her friends Harry Benjamin, Eric Montoya and Polly Hughes.

In the mid-1980's, Menczer served for four years in the Artist-in-Residence program funded jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Mexico Arts Division ( During her tenure as a Resident she taught Navajo, Zuni, and Apache artisans as well as students at the New Mexico School for the Blind in Alamagordo, New Mexico.

In 2008 Beth was selected by former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman's office to create an ornament for President George W. Bush's Christimas tree.

Beth recently retired from teaching clay and mosaic techniques through the MRAC (Mimbres Region Arts Council) Youth Mural Program and at clay workshops during the annual  Silver City Clay Festivals.  She has co - curated  the Neo-Mimbreno Exhibitions at both the Silver City and the Western New Mexico Museums, first in the early 1990's and again in 2012 and 2013..

Throughout Beth's career she has been represented by several galleries  in: Santa Fe, New Mexico, Scottsdale, Arizona, Park City, Utah, Los Angeles, California and New York City.  She is presently showing at Seedboat Gallery, Silver City, New Mexico and at her own gallery in Glenwood: Behr Art. Feature articles have been written about her art in magazines such as: Southwest Art and The Santa Fean; and in the book: Exit Strategy: Thinking Outside the Box by Michelle Cromer. She also appears in the books: "Horses and Their Women" and  Guinness World Records (50th & 60th Anniversary Editions).

Her one-of-a-kind Art, resides in many public and private collections  throughout  North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Beth lives in  Glenwood, New Mexico where she makes her creations.  She is surrounded by her animal family on a two and a half acre oasis.
"Neo-Mimbreno" black on white pottery by Beth Behr Menczer
"Ravens" Neo-Mimbreno Artwork by Beth Behr Menczer
Goddess White Tara, clay sculpture by Beth Behr Menczer
Photo: David Thornburg                                                             Photo: Kenny Menczer                      
Artists Statement:
"I can not reminisce about my art, anymore than my dog can discuss her tree climbing technique."
"Avilla" clay sculpture by Beth Behr Menczer