Artist Gifts Impressive Drake Harbor Portrait

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Talented Warsaw photographer Betty Hollcroft presented Mayor Eddie Simons with a 24 by 36 inch colored photo of the Community Building to use in the new City of Warsaw office space. With frame and matting, the whole piece of art measured three and a-half by four feet. The photo depicts the Drake Harbor side of the Community Building and its reflection in the water below. She said she wanted to make the donation because Warsaw is her home, the place where she met her husband, Jim, and she loves it. The photo presentation was made at the offices of the Benton County Enterprise and Mayor Simons said that he knew exactly where, in City Hall, he was going to put it.
Hollcroft has been taking photos of nature for about five years. Her husband had encouraged her to show her photos, and with her daughter’s help she put a collage of them on Facebook. Since her husband’s death on January 18, 2020, she has been trying to spend more time on her hobby/business. 
“My motto is ‘God’s creations, Betty’s photos’,” said Hollcroft. “I take a lot of photos of flowers and butterflies in my own yard, but have also taken photos of Indian Paintbrush and Blue Bonnets at my daughter’s home in Texas.  When Jim used to tell me to show more of my work, I thought that he was supporting me because he loved me. But, my daughter, Vicki, thinks my photos are beautiful too, without any touchups, and she is helping me to pursue a business. I have actually sold some of my photos including a smaller version of the photo that I donated to City Hall.”
Hollcroft has joined the Benton County Arts Group, and plans on scheduling a display of her work in the Library. She also has plans to get permission to show some of her work in local eating establishments. She believes that contact with the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce will be the best way to get advice on expanding her business.
Hollcroft has an interesting history in Warsaw. She and Jim Hollcroft ran away and got married while they were still attending Warsaw High School. The couple lived in the old Benton County jailhouse when Jim was a deputy sheriff, and she cooked meals for the inmates. She and Jim were married for 61 years.
Hollcroft’s photos are in bold colors, with close-ups of Zinnas, Pansies, sunsets, and other beauties of nature. They are ready to hang or set on a flat surface, and come in a range of prices for anyone’s pocketbook. There are single photos, and sets of three, and four photos of related flowers and animals that can be arranged in many different ways. Look for her work on Facebook at Betty’s Beauties, or email her at