My Mother the Artist

05-1982-anne-wexford-woods-sm.jpgI came across my daughter’s essay while preparing my files for The Archives at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.

It made me feel very nostalgic, realizing how important my family is to me.  And so Anne Marie’s story will initiate a series about the family’s support of my art career.

View Anne’s Essay in her own handwriting:
“My Mother the Artist”

Anne Mastrangelo at age 12

27 thoughts on “My Mother the Artist

  1. Bobbi,

    How nice to read of your daughter’s awakening to your talent!

    from: an old “private collector” of 14 your works from 1981-1991:

    Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Art

    Collection of: Kitty and Gordon Newman

    Acquired the Following Works: Title

    1981 Autumn Reverie
    Picasso’s World
    1982 Singing Tree
    1983 Unicorn
    Blue Woods
    1984 Sylvan Sage
    1985 Grate Images: Relief
    1987 Buckeye: Mixed Media
    1988 Manhattan Grate
    San Francisco Water
    1990 Water Service
    1991 Eureka Series:
    Eureka Water Dept.
    Eureka Flag
    Eureka Trivia
    Stay well,
    Gordon & Kitty Newman

  2. I have an-almost grown daughter (19)
    and this brought tears to my eyes – –
    Thank you,
    Susan Peacock Professional Artist

    Member: FL Chapter National
    Association of Women Artists

  3. Bobbi,

    Thanks so much for sharing this precious, priceless
    essay from your dear daughter. A true treasure
    from a daughter’s heart to her mother’s heart!

    God’s Blessings,
    Nancy Wibben
    Professional Educator

  4. Hi Bobbi!

    Ann Marie’s letter is just darling!!!!
    It is a truly heart felt account of her
    Mother’s talents!!!! Thanks for sending!


  5. Dear Bobbi,
    Thank you for sharing your daughter’s letter
    and your beautiful artwork.

    Best regards,
    Sheila Sharfarz
    Solivita Artisan’s Guild

  6. Bobbi,
    What a nice essay, does life get any better than
    the moment that you first read that? I think not!

    By the way I have gotten quite a number of
    wonderful comments on all the art work of yours
    that is hanging in “Aunt Betty’s Bed and Breakfast”.

    I am sending you a pic of the pollution piece I have
    of yours: “When the People Care,” because I made the
    frame myself of found wood and was hoping you approve.

    Thanks for the update!

  7. Hi !!!!
    Thanks for sharing this with us. We still have the photo card
    that you gave us the night we met you at the first dance.
    Continue all your artistry in good health and enjoy always.
    See you around Solivita.
    May and Doug

  8. Hello there Bobbi,
    Thank you for keeping me abreast of all that
    happens in your art life. Seems to me like you
    are touching/inspiring so many people with your
    work, and also staying attuned in the art world.

    Well, continue to make news and history.
    Until the next time, keep a smile,

    James Arenas
    Your Window Man and Handyman

  9. What a gift you give to us by sharing this precious history.
    It is very moving. Thank you for sharing.

    Ann is so insightful and mature for her age.
    You are fortunate to have a loving family.

  10. How ” Grate ” it is to have such a wonderful daughter.
    Thanks for sharing it with us. I look forward to your
    postcard every year. Keep those cards coming.

    Audrey Madans
    Hatpincard Lady
    National Post Card Week Pen Pal

  11. Bobbi,
    You can be proud of your daughter to have the insight
    at the early age of 12 as it just dawned on her.

    As a Mother you can be so proud of her,
    but she is finally proud of you and realizes
    how talented you are also.

    How lucky she is to have you as her Dear Mom.
    I wonder what she would write today about you and your work?

  12. Hi Bobbi,

    That was a great remembrance! I hope you and Al
    are doing well. I have been in Dublin, Ireland for
    the last 5 months. It’s great here but I do miss home.
    Thank you for bringing a little bit of home to me
    when I am so far away.

    Yuen Tang,
    Anne’s College Roomate ’88-92

  13. Dear Bobbi,
    From one mom to another. . .
    We can’t put a price on words of love from our children.
    They have an even deeper resonance when reread years later.

    What a beautiful tribute from your beautiful daughter!

    Mary Ann Turner
    One of your former students from..
    When you taught Third Grade

  14. Hi Bobbi

    I have enjoyed your emails and so appreciated
    the story written by your daughter.
    What a delightful person she is!

    Your Book Club Buddy
    at Solivita

  15. Thanks Bobbi,
    Even if you don’t hear from me
    often, I do eventually read your emails.
    This was even better waiting this long, so I
    could read comments from your friends about
    your daughter’s letter.

    Hope things continue to go well for you.

    Anncha Briggs (Arkansas)

  16. Hello Bobbi,

    It was such a pleasure to meet you at the gym.
    What a surprise I got when I looked at your website!
    I feel very privileged to have met such a talented lady!
    I loved the letter your daughter wrote,
    I am sure you will treasure it always.
    What a wonderful little girl!
    I am sure you must be just as proud
    of her as she is of you.

    Your work is amazing, I will be telling all my friends
    back home in the UK all about my new artist friend.
    Your work is very unusual, very effective, what an
    impact, and what a gift to be able to create from a grate.

    Thanks again Bobbi for the loan of the book on
    How to Speak Russian.

    Best Regards

    Cyndy in Solivita

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