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Tag: Becky Frehse


Frehse and Kelsey-Mapel dive down the artistic rabbit hole at Gallery 301, Tacoma

"Reconfigured" by Becky Frehse and Jane Kelsey-Mapel at Gallery 301. Courtesy photo.

Collaborations can sometimes produce weird and wonderful results – and if you peek through the windows of Gallery 301 on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma’s Dome District you’ll get a glimpse into just one such. Tacoma painter and mixed-media artist Becky Frehse has thrown her talents together with Arizona ceramicist Jane Kelsey-Mapel, and the result – a show that moved down this month from Seattle’s Gallery 110 – is a down-the-rabbit-hole Wonderland peopled with endearingly odd folks, creatively clothed and installed.

It’s the cowgirl in the center that grabs your attention. Yeehawingly triumphant, she waves her hat with glee while standing astride a piebald and a brown horse. The cowgirl’s small, but the horses are nearly carousel-size – only they’re just torsos. Dropping down from their bellies are painted single legs rising out of an upside-down table.

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Becky Frehse takes inspiration from music at Gallery 110

It sometimes helps an artist to be married to a musician. For Becky Frehse, known around Tacoma for her painting and mixed media work, that musician is husband Greg Youtz, composer, professor of musicology at Pacific Lutheran University and erstwhile bassoon player. Married to Youtz 23 years, Frehse has recently completed a body of paintings and collages translating Youtz’ sounds into visual elements – and the work’s up now in a solo show at Seattle’s Gallery 110.

Youtz is also known around town and further afield. He’s had work premiered by the Tacoma Concert Band, the Tacoma Youth Symphony and,

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Becky Frehse’s art work on cover of new Pearl Django CD

Northwest hot-club jazz band Pearl Django has a new CD out, and on the cover and inside is the work of Tacoma painter Becky Frehse. Morphed into a horizontal brick pattern by graphic designer David Firman, Frehse’s mixed media “Walk Don’t Run” features swirly and abstract paintwork in light blues with found objects in a black font-type drawer. The CD, “Systeme D”, is dedicated to founding guitarist Neil Andersson, who’s just left the band after 16 years of playing to pursue his own painting, and features new guitarist Troy Chapman.

Pearl Django is known through the Northwest for their hot-club

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