Becky Frahse: Expressionist Painting, Watercolor and Collage
Becky Frehse has been part of the Tacoma, Washington art scene since 1987, when she first exhibited her work at the Pacific Lutheran University Art Gallery. Since then she has created art in many different styles, including figurative drawing and abstract expressionist painting, watercolor and collage work on paper, narrative series photographs, and assemblage pieces using actual musical instruments.
Her cover for our seventh issue is part of a work of mixed media in a type case box called If By Sea. The full artwork is part of the City of Tacoma’s Traffic Box Wrap Project. Ten artists were chosen to design work to be printed onto vinyl that wraps completely around traffic signal boxes within the city limits. Frehse’s work is featured in two locations in the city. According to the City’s Arts Program, “The project was designed to enhance the public realm by adding works of art by local artists to utilitarian surfaces that are often targeted for vandalism. The wrapped boxes are intended to enhance neighborhood and community identity, turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks, and promote community dialogue.”
Frehse was a member of the Grand Impromptu Art Gallery—an artists’ collective in Tacoma—and is a member of the Puget Sound Book Artists. Becky’s on-going collaboration “ReConfigured,” with Jane Kelsey-Mapel, can be seen at http://www.reconfiguredart.com. Becky has enjoyed a long career as an art educator in higher education, independent schools, artist residencies, and art museum workshops.
Among her many international arts experiences, Frehse studied traditional Chinese painting with several Chinese artists while living in Guangzhou, China, in 1991-92. She also studied Chinese calligraphy with Professor Guan Xi Hua at the Chengdu Fine Art Academy in 2005.
A former Artist in Residence for the Washington State Arts Commission, Frehse has been featured in many one-woman and group shows regionally and nationally. Among her many honors are the Washington Artist of the Year, by the Twin Cities TOSCA Magazine, American Artist Series, in 2013; and the Annual Kathe Kollwitz Award from the Northwest Women’s Caucus for Art in 2004. She is currently an Art Instructor at the University of Puget Sound.
Frehse’s studio will be open during Tacoma’s Art At Work Studio Tours on October 15-16, 2016, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The address is 2926 S. Steele Street, Tacoma, WA 98409. For additional artwork and contact information, visit her web site, at http://www.beckyfrehse.com/. A display of her work also appears on TLR’s home page gallery.