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Born in 1966, Fredendall was raised in Bucks County amidst the vibrant arts culture that has defined the area since artists first arrived to establish residence on the old farms and in the eclectic river towns. Among her first memories was falling to sleep to the music played across the street by pianist Anna Ward. Anna was married to artist Charles Ward and Fredendall remembers waiting for her piano lessons soaking in Ward's work as she waited for her turn at his wife's piano. In the center of her home town of Carversville , she could walk through the massive sculptures assembled in Raymond Barger's meadow behind the family's converted mill. She was deeply honored to have her work included with Barger's in a group showing from the collection of the Michener Museum.
These memories, along with being raised by artists, forged deep ties to the arts for Fredendall who attended Duke University to study Art History, first in North Carolina and then in London and Florence. She returned to Bucks County to begin her career as an artist in 1988.
Her first exhibitions were local, followed by numerous national group shows. Her work is now represented by galleries in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Providence. She received the honor of the Rauschenberg Foundation's "The Power of Art" grant.
Her work reflects her love of the light, color, and texture of the landscape and her interest in capturing those elements in her paintings and drawings across a wide range of mediums including oil paint, oil pastel, gouache, graphite, charcoal, along with work on acid etched tin panels.
Fredendall demonstrates an imposing repertoire of paint handling techniques...(the paintings) are highly plotted affairs that appear to emerge slowly in successive layers - the layer beneath never quite obscuring what comes next. The lyricism is so pervasive that at times one can imagine the pigment itself soaked in some sweet nectar."
Duke University, BA, 1988
Boston University, Abroad Studies Program, London, England, 1987
Duke University, Renaissance Arts Program, Florence, Italy, 1986
Arcadia University, Med, 1992
Horizon Lines, In Liquid, Archer Law Firm, Philadelphia, PA, 2020
Impressions of Water, Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI, 2019
Water Meeting the Sky, Welcome Gallery, Main Line Arts Center, Haverford, PA, 2019
Balance of Light, Bazemore Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2016
Kirby Fredendall: New Work, Reinboth Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, 2013
Add Sugar & Stir: Cookbooks in the Lives of American Women, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, 2011
Kirby Fredendall: New Work, Reinboth Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, 2010, 2009
Add Sugar and Stir: Cookbooks in the Lives of American Women, Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, 2007
Kirby Fredendall: Paintings, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ, 2002
Conversations, Soul Works, Furlong, PA, 2002
Kirby Fredendall: Paintings, Emerald City Fine Art, Seattle, WA, 2001
Kirby Fredendall: Paintings, Multiple Choice Gallery, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA, 1998
TWO & THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
Landscapes: Kirby Fredendall and Mirjam Seeger, In Liquid, Crane Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 2018
Kirby Fredendall & Alex Damevski: A Dialogue, A Space Gallery, New Hope, PA, 2015
Modern or Post-Modern? Three Abstract Painters, Nancy Moore Gallery, New York, NY, 1997
Two Painters, Union League Club Art Gallery, New York, NY, 1996
GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2018-2020
Main Line Art Center, Professional Member’s Show, Media, PA, 2020
New Hope Arts Center, Members Show, New Hope, PA, 2020
Main Line Arts Center, Members Show, Haverford, PA, 2020
Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Gallery Artists, Philadelphia, PA, 2020
Candita Clayton Gallery, The Really Big Group Show: Gallery Artists, Pawtucket, RI, 2019
Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Gallery Artists, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
Professional Member’s Show, Main Line Art Center, Media, PA, 2019
Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Benefit Exhibition for the Friends of the Rail Park, Philadelphia, PA , 2018
American Visions, Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA, 2018
Summer Show Gallery Artists, Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI, 2018
51st Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA, 2018
Pictures at an Exhibition, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA, 2018
Viewpoints, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ, 2018
Professional Member’s Show, Main Line Art Center, Media, PA, 2018