The Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library are proud to announce that the Featured Artist for the 56th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair is Lucia Friedericy.
Lucia grew up in an artistic family, making dolls and puppets and various projects. She and her siblings put together a traveling marionette show known as the “Friedericy Family Puppeteers” that performed locally with their hand-made puppets while they were in junior high school. She attended college for theatre at UCI, then for fashion design at Woodbury University, and eventually began working on staff at USC, Occidental College, and Cal State Los Angeles as a costume designer for the stage.
In 1989, Lucia began to make art dolls as a full-time profession from her home studio. Initially she worked with her brother, painter and sculptor John Friedericy. They collaborated with her painting and costuming his porcelain heads and exhibited their dolls in New York. John sadly passed away in the early 1990s, and she then worked with her mother, Judith Friedericy, long-time art teacher at the Frostig Institute in Pasadena. They produced one-of-a-kind artist dolls for the next twenty-five years that have been shown and sold world-wide to collectors.
About 10 years ago, Lucia began experimenting with sculpting in paper clay instead of porcelain. This lead to her current body of work that she shows at art fairs. She likes to create and attempt to capture all manner of facial expression and life-like movement in her miniature characters that she displays in shadowboxes to hang in the home. People often remark upon the humor and whimsey of her work, and she herself feels it is more accurate to view the figures as 3D illustrations of characters, than to think of them as dolls. She travels all over the country to attend top art shows, but Pasadena has been her home for 20 years. So, for that reason, and the charm and beauty of the show itself, she says the Sierra Madre Art Fair from the Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library is a joy to do.
This year’s Art Fair is being held in Memorial Park on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Be sure to stop by Lucia’s booth (#4) to admire and purchase her inspiring creations.