During the course of more than 50 years in Algeria, Bettina Heinen-Ayech got to meet many artists. She always supported them and opened her atelier in Guelma to the numerous young artists in the region. Some were regular visitors and received tuition, others came for advice and encouragement.
Artist Hocine Himeur, along with painters Fnides, Boukhatem, Khaled-Khodja and Benabda, regularly visited the artist’s atelier. She also had a close relationship with artists Veneta Smith and Marie-Therese Bicha. Bettina regularly attended artist meetings and salons in Algeria.