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.
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.
Committedto the ideal that teaching is an aspirational undertaking. Dedicated to assisting young people to become better-educated people and not necessarily artists
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.
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.
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!
“[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.”
Thereis 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.
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.
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.)