My Mission is to encourage the imagination. I value arts and community and am dedicated to the liberation of women through aesthetics. This sensorial moment is the MUSE! By using the imagination, I find the gateway to liberation for myself and others.
My personal purpose is to draw, paint and use fiber effortlessly and often using the sensual and textural colors while imagining, creating, investigating the narrative- mine and ours- (individual and collective) through a variety of line and color.
ART IS THE SOLUTION TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS
I consider myself a socially engaged artist, specializing in painting, drawing and fiber arts but prefer the Social Practice of the creative spirit to build community while making art and bringing the voice of the marginalized to the forefront. In individual and group settings my specialties include trauma-informed practices with an emphasis on creativity, These are the foundation to creating transformative experiences using art as the method.
Image shown: Volunteering with students from a school evacuated from Paradise and Magalia after the Camp Fire destroyed the towns and outer communities in Butte County
Bobbie facilitates sensoral group experiences combining aesthetic imagery and text to build community in circles that engages all populations.
Contact her via email or phone to participate in the weaving of people together, one thread at a time to create the fabric of community.
My name is Bobbie Rae Jones but I also identify with Barbara named after my paternal Grandmother. I was born in Oakdale California, but raised primarily in Modesto where I attended high school and played water polo and drums in the marching band. At two junior colleges and two universities in NorCal, I studied architecture and then studio art (drawing and painting) during my undergrad years. I also received a certificate to practice massage, which has been my primary source of income for the last twenty years. In my mid-twenties, I took a break from college life and moved to Quincy in beautiful Plumas county (I call this my maternity leave for eight years). As a vibrant and active mountain mama, I gained a certificate in Montessori early childhood education, attended Early Childhood Education classes at the local community college. I focused life around Waldorf Methods based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, studying and learning a natural and sustainable lifestyle.
I used this method as a single mother when I opened a state-licensed daycare to stay home with my two babies in their early years. During these years I spent a lot of time practicing the development stages of a dharma lineage from Tibet, the Nyigma School of Buddhism. I also spent a lot of time dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing dance in the local community, and accomplished the fiber arts of sewing, knitting, spinning, weaving and felting.
Upon returning to Butte County as a single mother, I took nursing classes, began teaching Pilates, and studied acupuncture and Chinese herbs for a couple years before returning to my hearts joy, studio art at California State University-Chico attaining a BA option studio art and art education, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies in Art Education: PreK - Older Adult. My thesis was titled "Community Building with Socially Engaged Art and Art Education" and my life exemplifies that title. In 2019 I completed a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Visual Arts.
Between 2018 and the close of 2021, my time was spent journeying between my home in Chico and in and around the Camp Fire burn Scar. I taught K-8 art part time at Children's Community Charter School Paradise, lead community art projects while assisting families to rebuild homes as a disaster case manager. I've recently became a Rebuild Specialist and successfully assisted several Camp Fire Survivors in long recovery goals to rebuild their homes. My goals are to find a niche using techniques that activate the imagination and critical thinking to engage the creative mind. Knowing the arts solves big problems, I begin each day with Pure Motivation. The most important thing that keeps me focused with purpose daily is my spiritual commitments and vow to live selflessly with wisdom and compassion so that I can be of benefit to every person I come in contact with and beyond.
Beginning in 2022 I was hired as Associate Faculty at both California State University Chico and Butte College. I teach Art Education in the Art & Art History department in Humanities at CSU Chico. At Butte College, my dream came true! I teach drawing, specifically Beginning Figure Drawing.
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November 8 2018 the CAMP fire ignited and propelled Butte county, the home and community where Bobbie Rae Jones resides into disaster. Find our how she participated:
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Winter 2017 at Corning Library with Ryan Ramos design. This is a great video of the ongoing playful interactions I experience in my family life as an artist and mother with two young children.