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Bettina Werner (’The SALT Queen’) To Exhibit At 7 World Trade Center

Originally Posted: April 26, 2010

Bettina Werner ('The Salt Queen') and Tibino. (Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation, New York)

New York City - Bettina Werner, a/k/a The Salt Queen recently featured at Tiffany & Co. in East Hampton, creates unique salt artworks out of a gorgeous renovated potato barn in Water Mill. Werner will be the spotlight of an historical exhibition titled "Salt Rises Above the Sky" - 25 Years of unique Salt artworks held in the astounding 49th floor of 7 World Trade Center overlooking the most spectacular panorama of New York City. The exhibition curated by Eiman Aziz of Art Beyond Advisory, LLC will open with an exclusive private VIP reception and will run through June 10, by appointment only.

Best known for her pioneering work in creating the texturized, colorized salt technique invented in the early 1980s, Werner began her studies in Milan Italy at the prestigious Brera Academy of Fine Art and is now a driving force in the financial district with her radiant unique artwork.

"A Dalmatian: Tibino in the Blue Sky," 16 inches x 20 inches
Painting created with textured colorized salt technique invented by Bettina Werner in the early 1980s.

Werner's striking paintings created with Salt crystals have been recognized and selected from prestigious collections in the U.S and Europe, and exhibited all over the world from the Whitney Museum, Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Portofino Museum Italy, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Triennale Museum in Milan, Chase Manhattan Bank, to the collection of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel.

Featured pieces will include her innovative, new Chakra Art Collection, inspired by spiritual enlightenment, the "Never Mind" series, which is meant as a reminder that sometimes we just need to "let go," the 102 Dalmatian art collection, a tribute to her beloved Dalmatian, "Tibino," as well as the "Kiss Collection" which was created for an Italian charity auction and featured alongside many international artists and celebrities giving their version of a "Kiss" such as Cher, Tina Turner, Catherine Deneuve, Kim Basinger, and Claudia Schiffer, to name a few. Also, exhibited are the red and white "X painting" inspired by Roman Emperor Constantine and created to engage whoever is around to conquer their fears as well as the "Ladybug Collection," meant to bring good luck. For your gambling destiny and inspiration to grab chance, The Salt Sculpture-Dice commonly seen in outdoor landscapes will be on view as her "I Swear Love" painting experiencing passion in its purest and most profound form. Unveiling for the first time in Werner's quarter of a century tribute are new art works titled, "Preserving with Salt: the Eternal Light of their Souls" - a homage to World Trade Center victims who lost their lives in the September 11 terrorist attack.

On the commonly asked question, 'Why Salt?', Werner states, "Homer says, 'Salt belongs to the sphere of divine and stands far above human.' I truly believe salt is the fifth element due to its importance in life and essence of cleansing, healing, and purifying. Salt is a basic human necessity, our bodies cannot function without it. It was a form of currency, a derivative of the word 'salary.' When I began incorporating salt into my paintings I found magic occurring in each single crystal, and it seemed to pronounce their essence exponentially. I adopt the minimalist philosophy of 'less is more' and when experiencing the art one is able to fully appreciate texture and color at its height. I capture the soul of this mystical element to share, and as I allow my eyes to trace the natural movement I get lost in its beauty and power."

Reviews and features have appeared in The New York Times, in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Art in America, Elle, Architectural Digest, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, Art News, Elle Decor, GQ, Flash Art, The New York Post, L'Espresso, Il Corriere della Sera, and many other publications.

Werner is now in her 25th anniversary of developing a new 'currency' for art – SALT - A currency in and of itself that in history was indeed traded as a financial commodity and even known to be more precious than Gold. SALT has always been above all other organic elements in Werner's ability to capture and propel the essence of life, now a quarter of a century, embracing her one of kind textured, colorized salt technique. As the sky fills with warmth, salt rises from the sea - the astounding view of 7 World Trade Center carries us above and around 40,000 square feet, above The New York Stock Exchange, above The Brooklyn Bridge, above The Chrysler Building, above The Empire State, and above all New York City, to experience the unique salt artworks created by Werner says curator Aziz.

"The Salt Queen Foundation", is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution, its goals include the celebration of artists whose free imagination is uniquely expressed through the use of innovative techniques and unusual materials.

For more information on The Salt Queen Foundation go to go to www.bettina-werner.com , or for more information or for a private appointment to view the exhibition contact bettinawerner7WTC@gmail.com

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