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Foremothers by Becky Frehse and Jane Kelsey Mapel

Reception for the artists:
First Friday May 3rd, from 7-9
May 1-31

Foremothers is an homage to the artists’ mothers and grandmothers who left behind drawers full of wonderful “stuff” for them to sort through and repurpose as figurative idols.  Becky and Jane collaborate by collecting and making “parts” in their separate studios followed by working together to create original pieces.  The assemblages they created for Foremothers incorporate ceramic faces and aprons, family photos, vintage linens with lace and needle work, old boxes and doll parts, costume jewelry, and more.  Although Becky lives in Tacoma, Washington and Jane lives in Phoenix, they have been collaborating since 2012 when they created an exhibit together in Seattle called ReConfigured.  They are excited to collaborate on Foremothers, their third exhibition at Practical Art! 

About the Artists
Becky and Jane have been friends since art school days together at Arizona State University.  After their graduate studies in Washington and Texas respectively, they followed similar career paths balancing studio practice with teaching and raising families.

Becky Frehse is a painter and mixed-media artist whose eclectic approach to the use of materials is inspired by many travels in foreign lands, story-telling, and music. She exhibits her work nationally and teaches at the University of Puget Sound and at her studio in Tacoma, Washington.

Jane Kelsey-Mapel creates narrative ceramic figurative sculpture.  Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.  She exhibits her work nationally and has had work featured in U.S. and international publications.  She has taught at universities and colleges in Arizona and Texas and currently teaches at the Mesa Arts Center.