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Bobbie Friedman: Lighting Up the Wall with Whimsy

Shea Stanfield~ 9/17/2014

CAVE CREEK – “My artistic goal is to infuse my art with images that light up the wall with whimsy!” proclaims local artist Bobbie Friedman.  Bobbie engages vibrant color, variety of form, and energetic movement with unbridled spontaneity, a healthy dose of emotional intensity, to create paintings that “light up your life!”

Bobbie grew up in Lewiston and Portland, Maine, an area of the east coast known for its brilliant fall colors, cool blue harbors, and brightly contrasting winters.  Members of her family are no strangers to the world of fine art.  Bobbie’s aunt and uncle taught at the Massachusetts College of Art with grants from the Guggenheim, and are included in “Who’s Who of American Artists.” 

Although having a keen awareness of the visual complexities in representing the natural world on canvas, Bobbie chose to attain a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Her vast experience studying anatomy and working with countless clients has significantly impacted her art with human characteristics in their most creative form. Bobbie’s universal, primitive, archetypal figures connect the viewer and image instantly.

Typically, Bobbie works in “series.”  For instance, in “The Ability Series,” she portrays figures with physical challenges engaged in sports activities. Bobbie’s purpose is to work with her own goals of advocacy for the causes she wishes to bring to light. In creating an alternative awareness in the form of brightly colored, fun, and whimsical canvases, she illustrates new levels of participation in the world of sports.  Our wounded warriors, their families, and children with special challenges have responded aesthetically to her work.  

Bobbie’s compassion for creation and her art goes out into the community to support a variety of local causes. Her painting “Camel Back, Camel Front” was exhibited in the “Breast of Phoenix,” a breast cancer fundraiser at the Phoenix Art Museum. She was instrumental in organizing art exhibitions to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Bobbie served on the Board of Directors of the Shemer Art Museum, in Phoenix supporting local and visiting artists, as well as arts education programs. 

Bobbie is featured in the coffee table art book “Art Buzz 2011.”  She has appeared on Channel 3 Phoenix TV as a Feature Artist and also on the channel’s Web site. She was also selected by Renee Phillips, Editor-in-Chief of “Manhattan Arts International’s online Reading Room” as a Featured Artist. 

Today, Bobbie Friedman resides in Cave Creek, where she maintains her studio. She actively participates in local fundraising events and enjoys the company of her canine family.  To view more of Bobbie’s electrifying work and obtain her contact information, visit her Web site at Contact Bobbie by phone at (480) 540-8697.

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