Artist's Statement:  

A time of change/ transition/ looking back/ looking forward.  A time to define the need to create work that is new and to experience whatever unfolds  with new understanding and visions.  I have sought to shelve my familiars, and to experiment with unexplored materials, tools, shapes, concepts of color and design.  I am often surprised, frustrated and invigorated. What I have learned is that the same underlying quest continues to inform my work, regardless of the techniques, surfaces and tools.  The ability to capture light and air, the intrigue of layers and the mysteries hidden within, and the absorption and refraction of vibrant color remain my focus.  I wish for the viewer to share my journey and to join me as we discover together.

Roberta Friedman Bio

From the age of nine to sixteen, Roberta studied art history and painting at the studio of Sebastiano Mineo in New York City. In 1962, at Douglass College, Rutgers University, she continued her art studies in the studio art department that had been chaired and influenced by Roy Lichtenstein, and continued to study at several studios in Philadelphia and Boston, before moving to New Haven in 1970.

Roberta has participated in painting workshops at Omega Institute, with Judith Cornell’s Mandala workshops, with watercolorist Jan Hart at Ghost Ranch in Abique, New Mexico , and with many well regarded local teachers. Roberta has exhibited her work in the greater New Haven area, with pieces in the permanent collection of Yale New Haven Hospital, and many private collections. She has continued to study and share her knowledge of water media and collage techniques with children, teens, and adults in the greater New Haven area, and teaches workshops creating Journey Books at Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven. 

 Exhibitions and Collections

Roberta’s work has been shown throughout the New Haven area for more than 30 years:

1978 Mt. Carmel Art Association, Hamden, CT, watercolor prize

1980 Cyvia Gallery, New Haven 1983 New Haven Jewish Community Center, New Haven

2003 New Haven Paint and Clay juried Show, March, 2003

2005 Yale Medical Building, New Haven show–permanent collection

2005 Creative Arts Workshop Cultural Passages juried show

2006 New Haven Jewish Community Center, Woodbridge, show of Ketubot (illuminated Jewish marriage contracts)

2007 Yale Medical Building, Guilford show, permanent collection

2007 Connecticut Watercolor Society juried show, John Slade Ely House, New Haven

2007 101 Dresses, juried exhibition, Artspace, New Haven

2009 Hull’s One Whitney Gallery, Three After Thirty, June-July 2009

2009 Artspace, selected group member show, July, 2009

2010 Artspace, New Haven, City Wide Open Studios, October, 2010

2010 Give Art, Group Exhibition, City Gallery, New Haven, December, 2010

2011 City Gallery, New Members New Work, January 2011

2011 Dialogue in Color, juried exhibition, juried exhibition, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield, CT, May,

2011, prize winner 2011 Connecticut Watercolor Society, juried exhibition, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, May, 2011

2011 Give Art, Group Exhibition, City Gallery, New Haven, November – December, 2011

2012 City Gallery, New Haven, Elemental: Roberta Friedman, Collage and Roslyn Meyer, Photography, January, 2012

2012 Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield, Connecticut, juried prize winner show, Jan-Feb. 2012

Roberta’s work is represented in many private collections in the greater New Haven area, and throughout the Northeast. Her intricately painted and caligraphied Jewish Marriage contracts, Ketubot, are treasured by couples throughout the United States.