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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




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 Theatre, In praise of Shakespeare, Santa Rosa, California

1996        Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, ‘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 Waterdrinkers, 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




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