O'Toole-Freel pursues poetry and painting. She and her husband, Mirle
were DIY 2006 Design Award Winners featured in the Fall issue of Tucson
Home Magazine. Judy's Poetry book, Looking for the Sunrise,
is a 2006 release and is officially released in December, 2006 by
She has also written numerous professional and feature articles and
poetry published in journals such as Learning Today, Design
Magazine, Library/College Experimenter, The Platform
and Pinto Magazine, Northern Journeys, An Arts Magazine
She and her artist husband have had collaborative exhibitions of visual
art and poetry (1997-2003) at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great
Falls, Montana; Montana Secretary of State Office Gallery in Helena,
Montana; Charity Bash for The University of Great Falls; BookMarkIT,
Nova Albion in Great Falls, Montana and the Phantom Gallery in Tucson
in April, 2003.
She also had paintings w/haiku poetry in The First Ground Zero Millennial,
a group invitational of contemporary artists in Great Falls, Montana.
She has had group exhibitions of paintings, poems, and sculptures
at WomanKraft featuring an installation entitled The Seeds of Peace.
Judy's painted furniture has been exhibited in "Drawing Down
The Muse" in 2001 and 2002. She has also been a workshop presenter.
Her work Equine Dressed in Design Series represents a lifelong
commitment and love for all horses - those that have shared her life
and in particular two horses who imparted their horse sense, love
and trust. It is to them, her husband/artist for 40 years (who introduced
her to the world of art and shares her love of horses); her father
(who introduced her to the joys of the world of the horse; her mother
(who tolerated and nurtured her passion and intense devotion) that
this series is dedicated.
Judy's paintings reflect series. She exhibited her non-objective series
titled Simple, But Not Simpler (Albert Einstein), at the Stone
Avenue Gallery in Tucson and is currently working on a series portraying
women at work and play.