Born, 1944, in Kazahkstan, Soviet Union, immigrated to Canada 1948
Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 1965 Masters in Social Work, University of Michigan, 1967 Certification by National Council of Interior Design Qualification, 1977
My professional career(s) over the past thirty years certainly speaks for my willingness to re-invent myself. Beginning with a Masters Degree in Social Work, I worked as a clinical therapist, then as an administrator (both in Michigan). Then a move to upstate New York led me to teaching at the State University of New York. After my husband, Ed, and I settled in Ventura, California I taught Social Work at UCSB extension and did some clinical work but finally gave in to my love of architecture and design. True to my character, I jumped into that world at the retail furniture level while learning about the field of interior design. In the meantime I enrolled in as many art classes as my schedule would allow at Ventura College, exploring printmaking, silkscreening, figure drawing, ceramics and sculpture with some of Ventura’s best artists.
In 1975 I opened a design studio, soon tested to qualify as a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, opening my own design studio, and ultimately opened Gold Coast Design Center, a resource for other designers in the area. In both of these venues I hosted art shows for many of the leading artists in the area .
Having always loved any art form involving glass, and having wished often that I had the time to pursue this passion, I finally took the plunge into classes and never looked back. Thank goodness for my husband, Ed, who has always been so supportive and who truly challenged me to “just do it”. My first solo show took place within two years of starting on this exciting past, and I have been fortunate to have my work well accepted in the art community, and among my private collectors.
I am currently teaching workshops in fused glass at Santa Barbara City College.
Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, Ca. Studio Channel Islands Art Association, Camarillo, Ca. Thousand Oaks Art Association, Thousand Oaks, Ca. Art Association of the Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Welcome to my world of warm glass—a world both solid and fluid, craft and art, clarity and mystery, and always an element of surprise. As I continue to explore this exciting medium, my excitement grows with each new work, opening new doors all along the way.
FRANCES ELSON – SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS (Since 2010)
2010 Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ca. Invitational Exhibit, Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura, Ca. Westlake Village Art Guild, Westlake, Ca. High Studio Gallery, Moorpark, Ca., Invitational Group Show Buenaventura Art Association, Merit Award Studio Channel Islands Gallery, Camarillo, Ca., 1st Place, 3D
2011 Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, Honorable Mention, Mixed Media Delphi Glass: Annual Art Glass Competition, 3rd Place, Kiln-Formed Glass Studio Channel Islands Gallery, Honorable Mention Fox Fine Jewelry, Ventura, Ca., Solo Exhibition Studio Channel Islands Gallery, Camarillo, Ca. Thousand Oaks Art Association, Thousand Oaks, Ca., 1st Place
2012 Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura, Ca. Westlake Village Art Guild, Westlake, Ca. Art Association of the Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ca. Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura, Ca. Ventura County Arts Council, Ventura, Ca. Studio Channel Islands Gallery, Camarillo, Ca. Los Angeles Art Association, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, Ca.
2013 Buenventura Art Association, Ventura, Ca., Merit Award Rubicon Theatre, Ventura, Ca., Art at the Theatre Westlake Village Art Guild, Honorable Mention The Artist Collection, Jewelry Couture, Ventura, Ca., Solo Exhibition Thousand Oaks Art Association, 3rd place, 3D
2014 Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura, Ca. Thousand Oaks Art Association Museum of Ventura County 16th Annual Contemporary Art Juried Online International Art Exhibition. 16th Annual All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition. Abra Gallery, Westlake, CA. Invitational Group Exhibition Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, Ca. Old Court Figurative League, Woodstock, Ill., “Real People, 2014”
2015 Thousand Oaks Art Association, Honorable Mention, 3D Orange County Creatives Gallery, Laguna Beach, Ca. “Blue” Orange County Creatives Gallery, "Faces", Honorable Mention Richmond Art Center, Richmond, Ca. "California Now - Ceramics, Glass and Enamel Art" UpstreamPeopleGallery.com, 17th Annual Juried Judeo-Christian Online Competition