Arts Department Welcomes Painter and Playwright

Published Monday, April 5, 2021

Continuing our Arts Lecture Series, we will welcome painter Fredericka Foster on April 22nd at 7pm. Fredericka is primarily a perceptual oil painter, using imagination to explore the rhythms and forms that appear on the canvas. The colors she chooses are arbitrary, and paint is layered until she sees movement and life. The interaction of water and light is what interests her, and by painting water without a horizon, she is able to capture its abstract nature.

In the summer of 2018, Fredericka designed a class at the Seattle Artist League: Art, Activism and the Salish Sea. She collaborated with students to do a book, “Artists Celebrate the Salish Sea”, which is available on Amazon.  All profits go to the Salish Sea Project, a film alerting us to what is happening in the sea, particularly with the Orcas and their prey, the Chinook Salmon.  Both the book and the film offer specific ideas on how each of us can make a difference in supporting clean water, wherever we may live. 

Contact Middle School Art Teacher Erin Koch at ekoch@oakwoodfriends.org with questions and for Zoom info for Fredericka’s talk. (Photo by Emily M. Harris)

At the end of the month on April 29th at 7 PM, we'll welcome Louisa Luisi-Vilardi, a playwright and director. Louisa is a writer and theater director who holds a B.S. in Education & English and a M.A. in English Education. Louisa has authored a number of plays that have been performed in New Jersey and New York City.  Along with writing, Louisa is very involved in theatre arts and served as the Managing Director for New Players Company and the director of the NPC Playwriting Program for many years. 

Louisa is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America and is currently developing Tough Love, a full length play. She is also developing a series of Zoom plays including Gallery ViewThe Covid ConfessionsLouisa's latest work, was produced in Rhinebeck, NY in January 2021.

Contact Director of Theatre Arts Melissa Matthews at mmatthews@oakwoodfriends.org with questions and for Zoom info for Louisa’s talk.