Bonnie Freirech

BONNIE FREIREICH—SCULPTOR/PAINTER

 

 

 

BonnieBorn and raised in New York City, Bonnie has been an artist all her life. Even from her early elementary school days she was recognized as an artist and held the position of the school illustrator for school publications.

Bonnie was an art major in high school, and graduated Queens College, CUNY with a B.A. in Art Education. She studied with John Ferren, Elias Friedensohn and Joseph Campbell at Queens where she was also the art editor of her college annual during her junior and senior years. After graduating from college, she taught high school art for over twenty years, first in New York City and then in Fulton County, Georgia. After receiving her degree in Art Therapy in 1980 and becoming a Registered Art Therapist in 1990, Bonnie went on to create an Art Therapy program for Independence High School in Roswell, an alternative open classroom school in Fulton County. Being an educator and therapist for most of her life, Bonnie retired in 1998 to finally pursue her lifelong dream of being a full time artist, something she never had time for while teaching others. Although she greatly misses the interaction with young people, she is thrilled to finally be producing her long-planned-for body of work.

For most of her life, Bonnie was primarily a painter, studying with many painters in New York and Atlanta.

Since 1998, she has been working in three dimensions as well, creating very personal sculptures of people. Having first taken classes in life sculpture with Tom Williams, Bonnie went on to develop her own style and is working now on sculptures that celebrate the cycles of life from birth through old age. Her work focuses on the relationships between people and the relationship between positive and negative space. Bonnie works in clay creating not only a physical likeness of the subject, but a spiritual one as well. “I find my greatest joy is in making sculpture, especially when the clay I’m working with suddenly becomes the person and looks back at me.”

Bonnie donated her sculpture, “Mother and Child” to Grady Hospital for its labor and delivery area and was displayed at the reception for Grady Hospital at the SunTrust Gallery on April, 2004. She has also donated a sculpture for auction to the Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Ball, (2001, 2002, 2003), which helped support their effort in fighting breast cancer. “I like to share my art with others in hopes that they will find it as uplifting a source of joy to view, as it is for me to create.”

While sculpture has been her main focus in the past ten years, she has recently begun to study pastel painting and finds it very exciting and rewarding. “While I love sculpting, I find that I sometimes miss working in color. I began taking classes in pastel with Elsie Dresch and fell in love with the medium. I have also taken workshops with Margaret Dyer and Gary Baughman.” Bonnie has had several of her pastels juried into competitions.

Exhibits and Awards

2013

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2001

2000

1999

Memberships

Women Painters of the Southeast
Portrait Society of America
Atlanta Artists Center
Portrait Society of Atlanta
Southeastern Pastel Society
South Cobb Alliance

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