Mi’Chelle Fredrick is a Wisconsin native who has lived in Alameda for nearly 20 years. That’s almost long enough to be considered a local, by some accounts. And with all she is doing for her adopted home, it may be time to bestow that honorific title.
Under the auspices of the Economic Development Department’s Façade Assistance Program, Fredrick has completed about a dozen
beautification projects in Alameda over the past few years, most recently sprucing up Morton Station. “For that I did the design for the signing, the awnings, the paint color, all of the exterior colors,” she says. She is currently working on the businesses at Grand Station, at the corner of Lincoln and Grand. Two of her past projects on Santa Clara Avenue and Webster Street garnered awards from the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society.
Fredrick not only has a degree in interior design, but is also an artist adept in multiple media, including painting, drawing and photography. So the next time you’re savoring the curry at Flavors of India on Park Street, enjoy the murals as well: Fredrick was one of the two artists who painted them.
She recently exhibited her photos of urban landscapes and selections from her “mirror image” series at Spritzer’s Café, but her work has taken a new turn, focusing on endangered species on the brink of extinction.“I feel somewhat of a responsibility to say something with my work, and that might be it. I’ve always been interested in conservation, growing up in the country with animals and plants. And those were my friends when I was a child.”
She unveiled this new work in “Reflections of a Shared Vision,” her two-woman show — along with Teddy Goldsworthy-hanner — which was on exhibit at the Alameda Museum in February.
Fredrick’s fine art can be viewed on the Alameda Women Artists’ website, at http://alamedawomenartists.org/michelle.html.