My Mission in all the facets of my life, including fine art, is to find the shift. The shift is the transformative moment when personal insight ignites and understanding reflects the great mystery.
I consider myself a socially engaged artist.
I specialize in painting, drawing and fiber arts but prefer the Social Practice of the creative spirit to build community while making art.
Image shown : Volunteering with students from a school evacuated from Paradise after the Camp fire destroyed the town of Paradise in Butte County
Bobbie offers fine art and art instruction as well as therapeutic massage and Pilates instruction as a wholistic and therapeutic life approach.
An artist and art educator, mother and therapeutic body worker,
Bobbie facilitates group experiences combing art & literature to build community in circles that engages all senses.
Contact her via email or phone or visit Bobbies Little Cottage to participate in the weaving of people together, one thread at a time to create the fabric of community.
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My name is Bobbie Rae Jones and 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) in my undergrad work for about eight years. I also received a certificate to practice massage, which has been my primary source of income for the last twenty years. I took a break from college life and moved to Quincy in the beautiful Plumas county on maternity leave for eight years. As a vibrant and active mountain mama, I gained a certificate in Montessori education, attended Early Childhood Education classes at the local community college, and focused life around Waldorf Methods based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, opening a state-licensed daycare to stay home with my two babies in their early years. I also spent a lot of time dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing dance in the local community, and accomplished the fiber arts: 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 herbs before returning to my love, studio art and 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. Currently my time is spent journeying between practicing massage out of two chiropractic offices, teaching Pilates, teaching art, creating a series of paintings (Figures and Flowers: Contemplations on the Sacred Feminine) for the upcoming Open Studios in October, volunteering as docent at the MONCA, showing my paintings in art exhibitions, volunteering to teach art to a woman in one of the CHAT houses, facilitating two women's book groups with art/craft projects, study at California State University Chico for a teaching credential in the visual arts, planning for a doctorate and encouraging the unique skills and talents in my two children, now 13 and 10. 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.
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: