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Wendy Brawer was born an artist in Detroit, taking art classes from the Center for Creative Studies at an early age. She graduated from Cass Thechnical High School's Arts & Crafts program in 1971. During the dozen years she lived in Seattle (1972-84) most of her education and creativity was devoted to creating mixed media artworks. Her work was featured in one-woman and group shows, and she was commissioned by local arts agencies to create public works, as well. Design was always a sideline, and the environment and urban issues were often present in her work. Some examples:
The Gingerbread House & Garden was made of insulation and reclaimed materials, celebrating the beauty of conserved resources. This large artwork was installed at Rosco Louis Gallery in Seattle, Northwest Artists Workshop in Portland OR and University of Idaho Gallery in Moscow ID.

Collaborative projects were always a favorite of Wendy's. In 1981's Metro Repro, she and husband Ray E. Sage arranged a public studio where 70 artists had a free hour on Seattle Public Library's color Xerox machine. Their art toured on Metro buses and in the library.
Funded by Seattle Art Commission.

1979's and/or Art on the Buses competition was won by Wendy's first "trading post". She later made a larger Put'n'Take for the Pike Place Public Market, so people could freely trade unneeded but useful objects with each other (designed as a six-month project, the Put'n'Take was so popular it lasted over six years!).
Social commentary meets coin-operated art in Toxic Flush 1990. Created in 1982, this functioning pin-ball game allowed users to gamble with the future. This toured with other coin operated art projects, from Bumbershoot to, Portland to Idaho. The concept of Clair Colquitt, dozens of arts took part in this movement re-purposing video and pinball games. Wendy made products and co-managed and/or Store, Bizart and D'Art artist product coops.
Whether permanent public art (like these concrete and ceramic Twin Bushes for Mt. Baker Park) or temporary site-specific installations (like the mixed media Somewhere Over the Rainbow), Wendy's works often blur the boundaries between art and design.
Around 1989, Wendy focused her creative energy on the environment, helping people to see themselves as a part of it, and encouraging their involvement in making their home and our planet a heathier, more diverse place to thrive. More than 15 years later, she is still totally fascinated by the endless opportunities for creative solutions in this challenging job.

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