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Lisa R. Fredenthal-Lee

Scissors were my first tool. Paper and paste my first materials. In development for 6 years, my current work is a return to a beginning. With a lifelong love, and respect for castoff materials, I am inspired by this common throwaway. The envelope.

At a glance my pictures may read as something they are not. Assembled from the printed interiors of envelopes cut, snipped, torn and pasted. These works defy their origins.

Educated as both a painter and printmaker in search of the immediate, I learned to paint in black and white. Printmaking gave me my love for texture and the black etched line. A finite palette is part of my identity.

Collage as a medium is limitless. Envelopes rescued from trash cans world over, offer up an array of patterns and colors from which to build.

My subject matter is a result of discovery and memory. This is no side show, but a pinnacle involving everything I have learnt how to do. Perhaps this is the reason for sure, unreserved commitment. We live in a wasteful society. Art brings joy to the beholder and art is also a teacher. The use of alternative materials is exciting and important. Since the invention of this new medium, I have enlightened many to look at their mail differently.

‘Precious’ is the title of this body of work. Every piece made with conservation in mind and framed in an Archival manner.



1997 Santa Rosa Junior College, EC Teaching Certificate, Santa Rosa, California

1977 San Francisco Art Institute, BFA Degree in Painting, San Francisco, California

1976 Santa Rosa Junior College, Associate of Arts Degree, Santa Rosa, California

1971-73 Eastern Michigan University, Art Major, Ypsilanti, Michigan


2022 Group show, Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, California

2021 Solo Exhibit, Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, California

2020 De Young Museum, DeYoung Open, San Francisco, California

2020 Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, California

2016 Calabash Art Gourds, Food for Thought, Forestville, California

2015 Home Show Pulp Sculpture, Santa Rosa, California

2014 Fulton Crossing, Juried Group Show, Fulton, California

2011 Quicksilver, Group show ‘Boxed In’, Forestville, California

2010 National Arts Program, ‘Bottle Babies’, Santa Rosa, California

2009 National Arts Program, Best of Show, ‘Chicken Good’, Santa Rosa, California

2008 Sebastopol Center for the Arts ‘Alchemy of Reuse’ Group Show Sebastopol, California

2006 Sebastopol Center for the Arts. ‘Collaborations’ Group show Sebastopol, California

2000 Next Level Communications, Sixth Rotation Group Show, Rohnert Park, California

1999 Cultural Arts Council, SoFo 2 Gallery, Furniture show, Santa Rosa, California

1998 Sonoma County Library, Print Show, Sebastopol, California

1997 Sonoma County Repertory Theater, In praise of Shakespeare, Santa Rosa, California

1996 Sonoma County Repertory Theater, ‘A Natural Thing’ Print Exhibit

1992 Quicksilver, Collaborations, Guerneville, California

1990 Wood Stone Builders Sculpture Group Show Sebastopol, California

1988 Santa Rosa Jr. College, Alumni Invitational Show, Santa Rosa, California

1987 Neon Neon, Multimedia Light Sculpture, San Francisco, California

1987 Syntex Corporation, ’Lights On’ Group Show, Palo Alto, California

1987 One market Plaza, Multimedia Light Sculpture, San Francisco, California

1985 SF Museum of Modern Art, 50th Anniversary Performance, San Francisco, California

1982 Intersection, 126 International Artists, San Francisco, California

1980-1982 Water Drinkers, Creator and Publisher, Vanity press, San Francisco, California

1978 San Francisco Art Institute, Group Show, San Francisco, California


2019 Print Commission, UCSF, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, San Francisco, California

2018 Legacy Chest Commission, San Francisco, California

2012 Mural Commission, ‘Sea Life’ Santa Rosa, California

2012 Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, Print Commission, Santa Rosa, California

2004 Mural Commission, Oasis Spa Calistoga, California

1994 Bally International LTD, Functional Art, Zurich, Paris, San Francisco, California

LISA R. FREDENTHAL-LEE (707) 710 3944 Santa Rosa, California


2009 ‘Don’t Throw That Away’, 3 episodes, Art Educational Television Series on Art and Reuse

2006 Snapshots, Santa Rosa, Featured Segment, ‘YEA! Young Exhibiting Artists’

2005 ‘Don’t Throw That Away’, ‘Egg flat Sculpture’ ,30 minute Art Instructional

2004 ‘Don’t Throw That Away’ ,Theme Song written and performed by Lisa R. Fredenthal-Lee,

2004 ‘Don’t Throw That Away’, 6 episodes,,Art Educational Television Series on Art and Reuse

1982-1999 Recording Artist, USA Moby Dick Records, United Kingdom Fantasia Records,

Spain Blanca Negro Records, Canada Unidisc Records


2007 Sonoma County Museum, Egg flat sculpture, family workshop, Santa Rosa, California

2007 Willowside Middle school, Artist in Residence

2006 YEA!, Premiere Teen Exhibition, Santa Rosa, California

2006 RL Stevens Elementary School, YEA! Young Exhibiting Artists, Santa Rosa, California

2004-2007 Reach Charter School. Hillcrest, Sebastopol, California

2003-2007 Oakgrove School , Graton, California

2000-2002 Willowspring School, Sebastopol, California, Artist in Residence

1997-2002 Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County, LAEP Rainbow Bridge, Santa Rosa, California


1991-1992 Gone Tropo Sebastopol, California

1985-1990 Joe Boxer Premiere Designs San Francisco, California

1982-1985 Japanther San Francisco, California


2006 Press Democrat, ‘Art from Scratch,’ Article on Young Exhibiting Artists, Teen Exhibition

1989 House and Home Magazine, Japan, Interview, Artists and how they live.

1988 ‘Tribal Rites’ The San Francisco Dance Music Phenomenon, 1978-88 by David Diebold

1982 Street Art – The Punk Poster in San Francisco 1977-1982


2009 Wave Award, Western Access Video, Excellence Award in Art Education

2006 Novo Foundation Grant, Arts Education

2004 HomeTown Video Festival, Alliance for Community Media, Youth/ Education

2003 Spirit Foundation Grant, Arts Education

1987 Musart Award, Double Platinum Recording, Mexico City, Mexico

1976 Margaret Shaffer Award, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa, California