Point Lobos Series Artist Exhibition

Over 25 years ago I had a solo art exhibition of my Point Lobos series of paintings and drawings at the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, California.

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Barbara Barrett at the Point Lobos Exhibit, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA – September 1985

My husband and artist, Robert Barrett, his parents lived in Carmel, California so the opening was a family affair, as well as, a professional opportunity for and thus twice as stressful. The multitude of hats worn by women, those of wife, mother, daughter-in-laugh, professional artist are for a young artist a challenge as you do not have the support and experiential wisdom of a team as you would in business. Surrounded by family yes, but I alone represented myself and my art. I did enjoyed having Robert’s parents, Charles and Alice Barrett, in attendance at the art museum during the opening reception. A large delegation from the Fresno Art Museum, where Robert was the Museum Director and Curator also were in attendance. Pressure was on.

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Fresno Delegation with Barbara Barrett at the Point Lobos Exhibit, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA – September 1985

Everyone was so delighted to see the response that my artwork elicited. I could tell that my family, and the group of museum patrons were happy for me and proud of the quality of my work as a young artist. The artwork exhibited well. The Point Lobos series, like the actual location near Carmel, California is bold, exuberate, full of movement, sound and sensations. Ironic as the work subject is just the rocks and cliffs of the Point Lobos area.

It was a good museum exhibition.

Barbara Barrett

Career in the Arts

Committed to the ideal that teaching is an aspirational undertaking. Dedicated to assisting young people to become better-educated people and not necessarily artists

Copyright ©2017 Barbara Barrett. All rights reserved.An educator, professional artist and community volunteer for over four decades: Barbara Barrett began a lifelong career in the arts as an educator in the Peace Corps, teaching in Liberia, Africa along with her husband Robert Barrett.  Barbara Barrett’s career in teaching extended to the community college, university, high school and primary school levels.

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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, then the natural world surrounding her environment, then the landscape of California and then the underlying philosophical point of view that she developed and refined as a maturing artist and socially conscious adult.

As a studio art instructor and art history lecturer at the university level she deepened her knowledge of art history and the use of symbolism and color throughout the many millennium of art production. Her extensive travels in Africa, Europe and the United States have informed her work and broadened her point of view regarding what art is and can be for the contemplative art maker.  Barbara is a proficient and prolific printmaker.  Her drawing and painting skills are unmistakable.

Barbara has exhibited extensively throughout her long and productive career.  Her work is in public and private collections and she has produced many commissions for corporations and individuals.

Barbara would like her work to be visually appealing but additionally strives for it to communicate values that might stimulate her audience to think, wish and feel.  Ideals such as truth, beauty and goodness are the transcendentals that Barbara has fashioned her art-making practice and life around.


Rancho Mirage Gardening Goddess

Barbara Barrett and her home grown cauliflower, the first in her lifetime that successfully grew!

“I can’t believe it, I grew a cauliflower!”

Despite living in the arid desert and incredible heat for which the Palm Springs, California area is known, Barbara has a lush garden. Teaming with wildlife, herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Barbara is able to grow a significant amount of their daily produce for meals.The garden includes: lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, radishes, beets, beans, peas, peppers, artichokes, cauliflower, berries, passion fruit, lemon, lime, oranges, apricots, pears, pomegranates, grapefruit, papaya and mango.  All this production in the desert!

Barbara Barrett and her husband Robert Barrett live in Rancho Mirage, California at El Jardin de la Magdalena, there private home and garden.

Relax Rancho Mirage Event Press

Relax Rancho Mirage, "The Barrett Art Exhibit at the River" Fall 2017
Relax Rancho Mirage, “The Barrett Art Exhibit at the River” Fall 2017

“[Robert and Barbara Barrett] have led an exciting and varied life that included service in the Peace Corps, teaching art, managing municipal cultural programs, directing an art museum, serving as a high school vice principal and creating the first cultural tourism marketing program in the nation.”

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Barrett Art Life in Palm Springs Life Magazine

There is an article about Robert Barrett and me in which we share a glimpse of our life in the arts and culture scene. Grab a copy of the October issue of Palm Springs Life Magazine page 42, and have a Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte just before arriving at the art gallery. It will tell you everything you need to know a head of time. Frank Jones, the publisher of the magazine has been incredibly supportive of our show, big shout out to him and all the staff at Palm Springs Life Magazine. Thank you.

His and Hers, Palm Springs Life Magazine, pg 44, October 2017
His and Hers and article about Robert Barrett and Barbara Barrett, Artist and their life in the arts and culture scene. Painting “Anger” by the artist Robert Barrett is displayed in their art gallery exhibition “A Survey of Drawings and Paintings

Brilliantly written piece by Daniel Vaillancourt. And the gorgeous images, including those of my artwork are the work of Photographer David A. Lee. Both dear friends and terrific talents. The reception for the art show is hosted by Palm Springs Life Magazine.

I hope you all attend our opening reception for the art gallery and the

exhibition of our art titled “A Survey of Drawings and Paintings” on Monday October 16th from 5 – 7 pm. I would be happy to meet you and give you a personal tour of the gallery. Of course, my husband, Robert Barrett, artist will be there as well as Frank, Daniel, and David.

R/M Insider Art Gallery Press

RM Insider, "Happenings at the River: The Barrett Gallery at the River", pg 11, Fall 2017
RM Insider, “Happenings at the River: The Barrett Gallery at the River”, pg 11, Fall 2017

“Contrasting technical approaches make this exhibition of the Barretts’ artwork and intriguing example of how artists express similar concepts in strikingly different ways.”

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June Wayne papers, 1909-2000

Box 43, Folder 13

June in June Party. 1998.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondents include: Robert and Barbara Barrett (Pasadena, CA) re list of names and addresses of attendees for Wayne luncheon (1998 June 21) held on the occasion of her 80th birthday, with funds collected to purchase one of Wayne’s works for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA.)

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