July Artist of the Month – LAURA FREDERICK
Laura Frederick was born and raised in the Midwest and an interest in art began at an early age. Inspired by her high school art teacher to make art her career, she pursued her dream, studying at University of New Mexico and focusing on ceramics and sculpture. Laura graduated with a Master’s degree in Art Education with an emphasis in ceramics and sculpture. She and her husband, Craig relocated to Page, Arizona in 1985. There she began her teaching career, working with the students at Page Middle School for 26 years. Throughout her career in education, Laura continued to create works of art, sometimes collaborating with her husband on sculptural projects. Laura is now retired and able to focus on her art, currently concentrating on watercolor as well as fiber works, in the form of handmade paper projects, artist books, collage and weaving. Avid travelers and art history buffs, the Fredericks have visited most major museums in the US and even throughout the world. The experiences have influenced their work and often her watercolor paintings are inspired by the photographs Laura takes. Tending to work in series, some of her favorite subjects are large format florals, garden scenes incorporating sections of architecture (gates, gazebos, arches, etc.) and interpretations of sites she has traveled to. She has exhibited her work in the Southwest, most recently a featured artist in a Flagstaff for the month of April. The Frederick’s website “Fire and Water” is at www.sites.google.com/site/craigandlaurafrederick and offers a look at just a few of their endeavors.