Julie Frye Bio

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Julie is a long-time resident of Phoenix, attended Phoenix Union High School and Phoenix College graduating with a major in Fine Art in 1956.

Marriage and two children precluded further art study until 1963 when she attended classes at Kachina School of Art, where she studied with mural and portrait master, Jay Datus. After three years she was hired as an instructor for the correspondence course of Fine Art painting written by Mr. Datus, a position held for 13 years. Additional classes were taught at various Senior Centers throughout the Valley, continuing until this past May when she retired from teaching in order to devote more time to her own painting and to work on her growing fabric painting business.

Past president of the Valley Artist League and the Phoenix Artists Guild, she has been active in the art scene in Phoenix for many years. Numerous awards and purchase prizes have spanned the years and her work is featured in collections in Virginia, California and in Europe.

An avid musician, Julie is active in the Scottsdale Sweet Adeline's women's barbershop chorus.