Judy O'Toole-Freel

Judy 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 PublishAmerica.

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 and Chinook-Wind.

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.



Ima and Judy