Art as Life’s Journey

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Cow Drawing by Barbara Pilakowski Barrett

Drawing on her youth’s passion, the natural world around her, Barbara embarked on a life of disciplined practice and mastery in drawing, painting and print making.

As train tracks were laid, and a train station established in Coalinga California, the residence of Caliola all moved; the tiny settlement ceased to exist.  In Coalinga, Barbara attended elementary and high school and her parents lived much of their life.  Life in Coalinga was very much the pinnacle of small town America.  Yet Barbara interests were more keen on exploring the scrub brush and rolling hills around Coalinga. Continue reading “Art as Life’s Journey”

News Press

Selected Newspaper &
Printed Publications

  • Children’s Annual Yule Parade Thrills Thousands, Staff Writer, Fresno Bee, Republican, Fresno, CA, November 23 1956
  • Nature as Source, David Hale Fresno Bee, Fresno, CA, April 12 1985
  • Fresno CC First Statewide Exhibit Looks at Valley, David Hale, Fresno Bee, Fresno, CA, May 11 1986
  • Fresno CC Show Offers Modest Start, David Hale, Fresno Bee, Fresno, CA, June 15 1986 Continue reading “News Press”

Museum and Gallery Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • February, 1981 -West Hills College Coalinga, Art Gallery, Coalinga, CA
  • May, 1983 – Fresno Art Museum, Rental Gallery, Fresno, CA
  • November, 1983 – West Hills College Coalinga, Art Gallery, Coalinga, CA
  • September, 1985 – Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
  • March, 1988 – Cattle, C.L. Clark Galleries, Bakersfield, CA
  • April, 1990 – Natural Histories, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
  • February, 1992 – Passages: Masters Exhibition, Phoebe Conley Gallery, California State University Fresno (CSUF), Fresno, CA
  • November, 1992 – Passages, Fresno Philharmonic Gallery, William Saroyan Theater, Fresno, CA
  • February, 1997 – Natural Phenomena, Transamerica Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

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Ideals such as truth, beauty and goodness are the transcendentals

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Pandora’s Box: Three Stages of Life, 2013 Tryptic, Oil and collage on canvas 24” x 18”

Ever since Barbara Barrett was a young girl growing up in the San Joaquin Valley town of Coalinga she has been a wellspring of art making.  In art school her instructors encouraged her to “paint what you know”.  From that point on her art-making practice addressed her living environment, Continue reading “Transcendentals”