Folk harpist to entertain at Gallery 86

Jun 05, 2013

Haywood County Arts Council’s artist reception for its June exhibition, Appalachia, will feature the musical talent of Betina Morgan, a local folk harpist, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on June 7 at Gallery 86.

Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Betina sang her first solo at a church Christmas concert at 5 years of age. This set the path for a lifelong musical journey.


“As the years went by, I found myself getting into singers and performers like Karen Carpenter, Roberta Flack, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Carol King and other traditional folk and country artists.  My performing and songwriting were also greatly influenced by singer/songwriters John Michael Talbot, Wendy Talbot, and Larry Norman,” Betina said.


Betina began performing on the harp  when she was 24. She found a wonderful blend of voice and strings, and so began her lifelong love of the folk harp as an instrument of accompaniment to her repertoire of many well-loved songs.


In 2010, after years of entertaining audiences at clubs, coffee houses, weddings, and all-occasion events, on both the east and west coasts of the US, Betina relocated to Western North Carolina and it’s thriving acoustic music scene where she has continued her musical performances. With the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains for inspiration, Betina and her music have found a comfortable place to call home.


Appalachia will be open to the public at Gallery 86 through Saturday, June 29, 2013 and celebrates the many forms and techniques of art in the Appalachian region of North Carolina. Gallery 86 is opened from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is located on 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Artist reception will from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gallery 86 during Art After Dark.