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“Pursuit of Happiness” works by Becky Frehse and Jane Kelsey-Mapel

Artist Reception:
First Friday, February 3rd, from 7-9
February 1-28

The mixed media assemblages Becky and Jane create together combine the art and craft of the doll maker, puppeteer, model maker and folk artist with that of traditional fine art painters and sculptors. Their work is exuberant and playful yet poignant in its exploration of contemporary themes. Pursuit of Happiness grew out of a year’s worth of consternation and dismay about world affairs and the political events of 2016. The artists’ collaborative, studio practice resulted in this work that affirms their confidence in creative expression to affect the pursuit of happiness—not only in visual art, but also with gratitude for music, dance, and theater.

Becky and Jane have been friends since art school days together at Arizona State University.  Although Becky lives in Tacoma, Washington and Jane lives in Phoenix, Arizona, they have followed parallel career paths since leaving graduate school; balancing commitments to meaningful, studio practice with teaching and raising a family. Their collaboration is based on mutual respect for the other’s artwork and their enduring willingness to trust each other’s aesthetic judgment.

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About the Artists:

Becky Frehse is a painter and mixed-media artist whose eclectic approach to the use of materials is inspired by her many travels and studies in foreign lands. She holds a B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. from Central Washington University. She exhibits her work nationally and teaches at the University of Puget Sound and at her Tacoma studio.

Jane Kelsey-Mapel creates narrative ceramic figure sculpture. She holds a B.A. degree in Art from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of North Texas. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in U.S. and international publications. She exhibits her work nationally and teaches ceramics and sculpture at Glendale Community College and the Mesa Art Center.