Posts Tagged ‘ Jacqueline Cochran ’

Finding Freda, Part Two

The forgotten desert artist Freda Marshall, recently rediscovered, was a central figure among the Coachella Valley resident painters. For a dozen years or more she lived in her own house on the Indio estate of the late Jackie Cochran.  Freda created bas reliefs for the Cochran estate central room; she painted and created craft work, painting on fig boxes, doing ceramics and leather work.  At the same time Jackie Cochran was entertaining the famous and powerful: Rosalind Russell, Howard Hughes, Edward Teller, Amelia Earhart and others who frequented the ranch.  I can picture many of them purchasing art from Freda. …

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Finding Freda Marshall, Part One

I was looking for decorative paintings at a seasonal flea market in Sonoma County when I found this desert painting by Freda Marshall. I thought that I would be able to resell it for my monthly “nut”, the amount of money I needed to not dip into my savings. I’m a busted-up retired construction worker with a marginal SS supplement, and I try to augment that income with wheeling and dealing “cheap” art by unknown painters. I’m telling you all of this so that you can understand why I spent so much time trying to find out about Freda, who…

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CV History Museum Auctions Art

CV History Museum Auctions Art

Before the Coachella Valley History Museum moved their archives into a new building, the basement of the Smiley-Tyler adobe held a tantalizing stash of early desert paintings that had been donated to the museum over its 25 years in existence. The Indio Museum also has been given paintings by contemporary painters from the region.  An assortment of these early and recent paintings will be for sale on Saturday, May 15th. Early artists included are Carl Bray, Margaret Hunter and Freda Marshall. Marshall, a friend of aviator Jacqueline Cochran, painted on date boxes and gave the young Carl Bray his first…

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