Oakhurst artist wins Mariposa Yosemite Rotary art contest

Courtesy of Susan Robinson

Oakhurst artist Barbara Fruehe took home first place in the recent Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Promotional Art Contest.

Fruehe painted a watercolor representation of the community of Mariposa that combined elements of the Mariposa County Courthouse and Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Art, Wine & Wheels event. Her painting was one of nine submitted to the competition.

To reward her victory, Fruehe’s artwork will adorn postcards, posters, brochures, in social media or local newspapers in Mariposa. She will also have a complimentary booth at the Mariposa Rotary Club’s 15th annual Art, Wine and Wheels Festival on May 25.

Barbara moved from Santa Cruz to the mountain area in 1981 to start a career as a graphic designer for the local newspaper. She remained in the foothills and commuted to the Fresno Bee, creating display advertising for five years.

She eventually relocated back home to oversee the art department for Simply Smashing, Inc. for 16 years, while also freelancing graphics for local businesses.

Some of her more recognizable logos include Ducey’s on the Lake, The Pine’s Resort, Timberline Gallery, ARTober in Oakhurst, Madera County Fire Department and Harris Ranch logos.

Today, Fruehe works at home as the graphic artist for California Land Management.

“After so many years of creating graphic design for others, I am finally taking some time to do what I’ve always wanted to do: illustrate and take a weekly watercolor class that I love,” she said. “When I’m not holding hands with my Mac, I’m holding hands with my artist husband and four amazing grandkids or cheering our son at Badger Football.”