Betty Bigelow has been the artistic director of Shahrazad Dance Ensemble of Seattle since 1978, and has studied belly dance, Middle Eastern folkloric dance and Flamenco for 50 years.
She is also a science fiction and fantasy artist, her nom-de-paintbrush being Rena Bassilvergoran. Mostly self-taught, she has worked in pen and ink, acrylic, watercolor, and has also made 3-D and polymer clay sculptures. Her pieces have gathered many awards at convention art shows, and have appeared in fanzines locally and internationally.
As a costumer, she has won many awards at Science Fiction costume events, and done historical costumes with various groups. javing studied both languages, she's been know to teach Klingon and Elvish at conventions as well .