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Portrait of Myth Gallery Founders and Artists Betsy Youngquist & R. Scott Long. Couple sitting on dark background.


Through the creative life they share, artist owners Betsy Youngquist & R. Scott Long work to explore tales of human truths, while overlapping dimensional realities along a conscious continuum. Within these creative journeys, the illusive line between logic and the mystic is a constant curiosity.

Duality, mischief, transfiguration, enchantment, and amusement are the narrative themes the artists masterfully toy with in capturing those elusive qualities of the human experience. Their work is Inspired greatly by the unknown, the surreal, the mythical, and folklore. 


A life long Rockford, IL resident, Betsy was born in 1965. Her parents worked as a schoolteacher and a lumber contractor. Recalling Betsy’s first time making art, her mother recounts how she inadvertently left a marker uncapped on the living room's coffee table. With it, toddler Betsy scribbled on the the marble tabletop. Betsy's Mom remembers how amazed she was with the accidental “drawing” and ran next door to her mother-in law’s house, exclaiming, “We have an artist here!” At 3, Betsy told her mother, in a calm and matter-of-fact way, that she was just her “earth mother” and that her real mother lived on another planet. Later that same year, her parents let Betsy stay up to watch the historic, first manned, Apollo moon landing. A few years later, Betsy’s family took an Airstream camper trip throughout the Northwest US and Western Canada, introducing her to First Nations, American Indian and Intuit, artwork and people. Betsy attributes to that early encounter, her love of beads, and the power to incorporate mythological and spiritual understandings through art. To this day, she admires cultures where art is a sacred creation and acts to bridge the spiritual with the mundane. 

Image of surrealist artist and owner of the Myth Gallery, R. Scott Long, wearing a black t-shirt with a standing white bunny in the middle of the shirt.


Born in Rockford, Illinois, to a homemaker and a Hostess Cupcake delivery driver and print sales rep, Scott was just eight years old when he carved a little sparrow from wood, learning the craft from his Dad- himself a self taught carver. After this initial success, young Scott wanted to carve a chickadee, and built a trap to capture one for use as a live model. The little bird was so stressed from capture that Scott had to set it free. At the age of twelve, Scott tried carving his own likeness in wood, and recalls thinking that it really wasn’t him carving at all, but “as if someone else was doing the carving through him.”

One night, when Scott was thirty, and living in Milwaukee, he was using a meditation technique his mother had taught him as a child to better fall asleep. As he began the meditation, he felt a sudden “circular wave of energy” loop through his body. He recalls immediately standing up, walking out of the room, and down the hallway- experiencing a new phenomenon known as astral projection. The occurrence had a powerful effect on Scott, and still influences the subjects he now explores in his work.

One of the driving mysteries behind Scott’s work is “what are humankind’s unknown capacities and potential, and from where have we come?” Scott still carves little birds as gifts for his beloved partner of twenty years, Betsy, and helps her with construction of the sculptural armatures she envisions as the base for her giant beaded works of art.



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Trail of Betsy's Beads - Our City, Our Story

Rockford, IL Stories

“Life on Earth,” American Craft Magazin article cover, in 2019, of Betsy Youngquist, Surrealist New Orleans Artist, holding a black and white bird sculpture in a kitchen.

“Life on Earth"

American Craft Magazine, 2019

Pasa Tiempo cover image of article entitled, “Doll Parts Betsy Youngquist’s Season of the Surreal,” published in 2018.

“Doll Parts Betsy Youngquist’s Season of the Surreal"

Pasa Tiempo, 2018

A surrealist scuplture, by New Orleans artist Betsy Youngquist, of a black, beaded octopus with a tentacle and bright colored jewels.

“Surreal Assemblage by Betsy Youngquist Combine Human Features with Beaded Animals”

Colossal, September 10, 2018

HEY 4 Degrees Art cover image of a brown, linen-textured sign with brown and navy leaves, weeds, and flowers.

HEY ! : 4 Degrees Art.

HEY! Team, 2016

“Hey ! 24”, December 2015 cover of a baby-doll sculpture with a split face and a white crystal crown, made by New Orleans surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist.

“Hey ! 24”

Hey! December, 2015

Article entitled, “Planet Youngquist Land of the Fantastical,” published by Art Doll Quarterly in summer of 2014, featuring an image of New Orleans surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist's  beaded grey pig sculpture.

“Planet Youngquist: Land of the Fantastical”

Art Doll Quarterly, Summer 2014

New Orleans, surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist's feature cover image in Super Beadwork Magazine featuring her beaded bumble with baby-doll face sculpture.

Bead Artist Feature.

Super Beadwork Magazine, June/July, 2011

Cover image of a sculpture, made up of cut in half pencils for, "The Best in Contemporary Beadwork" issue published by Bead International 2002, featuring New Orleans surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist.

The Best in Contemporary Beadwork.

Bead International, 2002

Image of a painting of a brown-haired topless woman hugging a husky space dog, as a cover image for a press realese published by the Museum of Beadwork of Surrealist Artist Betsy Youngquist in July 2021.

Conversation with the Artist Betsy Youngquist

Museum of Beadwork, July 2021

365 press release of Surrealist Artists Betsy Youngquist's beaded, black bird sculpture.

365 New Orleans

May, 2019

Press release image of Betsy Youngquist, a New Orleans surrealist artist and Myth Gallery owner, with a baby-doll scuplture wearing antlers and beaded Victorian ballgown.

Patina Gallery Interview

Klimt02, October 16, 2018

Where Magazine 2017 February cover of surrealist artist, Betsy Youngquist's, sculpture of a baby doll face attached to a brown, beaded squirrel body.

Where Magazine New Orleans, cover.

February, 2017 

Cover image of a white man with a beard for the See Yourself X Human featuring New Orleans surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist.

See Yourself X: Human Features Expanded, Madeline Schwartzman

See Yourself Sensing X, 2016

Digital beading Australia Magazine Cover

“The Fab Four”

Digital Beading Australia, April 2014.

Cover image for article entitled, “DOLL Collector A Manifesto,” written by Ukraine, journalist Tatyana Sazonova in 2014, featuring three split faces, one includes one of New Orleans, surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist's beaded doll-face sculpture.

“DOLL Collector: A Manifesto”

Ukraine, Tatyana Sazonova, 2014

Image of New Orleans, surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist's beaded dog sculpture with a gold jeweled mane for the cover of the Bead International Magazine cover in 2008

Bead International Cover, 2008

Bead International, 2008

Nola Famous white background logo.

NOLA Famous Podcast Interview with Artist Betsy Youngquist

NOLA Famous Podcast, 2019

Cover for article published September 21 in 2018 titled, "Meet Betsy Youngquist”, by Voyage Chicago.

“Meet Betsy Youngquist”

Voyage Chicago, September 21, 2018

Where Women Create Magazine's image cover of a giant octopus sculpture for the Betsy Youngquist article entitles, "Art in the Unkown: Betsy Youngquist," published in June/July of 2018.

“Art in the Unknown”

Where Women Create Magazine, June/July, 2018

A colorful, beaded star sculpture with a realistic eye surrounded by mutli-colored jewels and pearls, designed by New Orleans surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist, for the VOLITION Magazine Issue 10 published in July 2016.

VOLITION Magazine, Issue 10.

July, 2016

“HEY ! modern art and pop culture #24”, Cover for December 2015 of a white, beaded bird body and baby doll face sculpture, by New Orleans surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist.

“HEY ! modern art and pop culture #24”, Cover.

December, 2015

Article entitled, “Creative Rituals,” published by Where Women Create Magazine in winter of 2014, which includes a cover image of New Orleans surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist and R. Scott Long.

“Creative Rituals,” 

Where Women Create Magazine, Winter, 2014

Cover image for Suzanne Golden's article presenting her interviews with 36 artists, who innovate with beads, included New Orleans surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist.

Suzanne Golden Presents: Interviews with 36 Artists Who Innovate with Beads,

Lark Crafts, 2013

Multi-colored, beaded rabbit sculpture with swirl and floral designs, made by New Orleans, surrealist artist Betsy Youngquist, for the cover of American Style Magazine in 2005.

American Style Cover

American Style, 2005

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