Plainsboro Public Library – July 2017 – Monroe artist Thelma Fried, who transforms ordinary papers and found objects into stunning images, will show her mixed media works at the Plainsboro Library Gallery from July 1 through July 26. A reception in her honor will be held on Sunday, July 16, from 2-4 pm.  

Imagine a sand-swept mountain under a fierce wind that reveals the vertical breaks in the rocks…but it is just a piece of corrugated cardboard. Fried combines watercolor and collage, cardboard and pastel, and often discarded objects in her art. The textures of the boards, papers, wires, bark, and other materials lend a startling sense of realism to the work, which still retains an abstract look.

In “Blue Lady”, the pastel keeps the form of the female figure soft, while the corrugated board, with the surface stripped away in areas, adds a dimension that accents it.  In “Sand Rhythms”, the top surface of the cardboard is delicately cut and pulled from the corrugated piping, creating movement, and allowing the cardboard color to describe the rock. More traditional landscapes will also be on display, as Fried is an accomplished watercolorist.

Born in New York City, Thelma Fried was an art major at New York High School of Music and Art.  She continued her art studies at Rockland Community College and privately with various area professional artists. She has had solo shows in Rockland County NY, Monroe Library (2004), and The Rotunda Gallery in Metuchen, NJ. She has participated in many group shows in the region, including the Hopewell Valley Stampede competition. Her work can be found in dozens of private collections.

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday.  For more information, call 609-275-2897.


Donna Senopoulos
Plainsboro Public Library