Betsy Havens

1944 -

Her Story

Betsy and her husband are creative artists. Their work is on exhibition at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. My husband and I attended the opening day of their joint exhibition and were immediately drawn to their loving energy. We have become friends and colleagues; I interviewed Betsy for my book, Women, Work and Triumph; Interviews with Fascinating Women.

Betsy is not only a natural and generous teacher willing to share her knowledge and support but an ardent student of art history. She has mentored young women in business and has taught art classes as well. While she never lost her passion for art, to support herself, while she painted and sketched at night, she became a successful and independent businesswoman during a time when women were not taken seriously as entrepreneurs, needing a male to co-sign just to attain a credit card. With the passage of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act in 1974, single and married women finally earned the right to get a credit card in their own names.

I am proud of her fierce independence, her love for knowledge, her positive outlook, and the attitude that one can accomplish anything they set their minds to.

Betsy was educated at the Savannah Telfair Museum of Art Academy, the University of Georgia, and the University of South Carolina where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Design and did post-graduate work in the History of Architecture and Southern Literature. She has received many awards for her work which is collected widely by private and corporate collectors throughout the South.

Bev Gandara

Author, Women, Work and Triumph; Interviews with Fascinating Women