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Marana's Freels have simultaneous exhibits

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Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:19 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Marana artists Mirle and Judy O'Toole Freel are showing work at exhibits in Tucson.

Mirle Freel is showing digital photography and digital photographic paintings at Ranch House Art Gallery, Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road in Tucson. The show opens Thursday, Sept. 30, and is up through Nov. 4. An artist's reception runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

While that show opens, Judy O'Toole Freel is showing 10 acrylic paintings in a series titled "Faces of Women" at the Mesch, Clark, Rothschild Exhibition, 259 N. Meyer Ave., Tucson. That art, part of a five-artist show, went up Aug. 18, and remains on display into mid-December.

Mirle Freel is a retired professor of art and working artist who lives in Marana's Continental Ranch. He has an extensive exhibit record in Tucson, across the nation and abroad. He was a professor of art for 35 years, including 12 at The University of Great Falls in Montana. He continues to work as a fine artist, and teaches music.

"The guitar was my companion, featured in much of my work as a photographer and painter," Freel said. "My horse companions were inspirational and immersed my life in creative exploration."

In 2008, the Freels were awarded a mini-grant to promote and present a collaborated children's art book, "Aardvark, Aardvark, ow Do You Do!," a book on non-representational art published in 2008.

The Freels were also Do-It-Yourself Design Award winners in 2006, and were published in Tucson Home Magazine.

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