Helen Rae (born 1938)
Working at First Street Gallery Art Center in Claremont, California, Helen Rae produces drawings and ceramic pieces that are animated and full of character. Often focusing on portraiture, her work has an expressionist style resulting from her observations of her environment. She is also inspired by images in books and magazines and enjoys reinterpreting works by other artists. Rae was born in 1938 and has lived in California her entire life. She has participated in programs at First Street Gallery Art Center since 1990. Currently Rae’s work was featured in the traveling exhibition “Barrier Free Art Summit,” which was viewed in post offices in Okinawa, Fukuka, and Miyazaki, Japan. Her work has earned her an Award of Recognition from the Artists Beyond Disabilities Exhibition in Pasadena, California. One of her prints is featured on a limited-edition, commemorative poster published by First Street Gallery. In 2000 Rae’s work was featured in nine exhibitions, including one in Washington, D.C. She has inspired a dedicated group of art lovers who seek out and collect her work.