OBITUARY

Ann Louise BinghamFreeman

July 16, 1947March 14, 2021

Artist Ann Binghamfreeman, Fiercely passionate, charismatic and creative, Ann Louise Binghamfreeman was bigger than life, one of a kind, but first and foremost, she was an artist. In her twenties Ann toyed with becoming a nurse but soon l earned her fascination with the human body l ay more in studying the human form through art than medicine, which she did to the last days of her spirited life. She drew, she painted, she assembled in clay, in paper, in metal--the female form, again and again, depicting its beauty, individuality, and importance. These women, like Ann herself, were bold, unapologetic, and visionary! Ann was born and spent her childhood in Riverside, California among vast acres of orange groves and open trails where she developed a love of the outdoors, horses, and reading. Her attachment to the earth, to intuition, and to metaphor came to life through her voracious curiosity; she was ever a student and a teacher. Her art drew on these fascinations. Animated and sometimes whimsical horses, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats, frogs, and ducks filled her work. After graduating from Poly High School, she worked for her father, a prominent orthopedic surgeon, before traveling to Mexico to study art. Upon her return she met a tall handsome Vietnam vet whose name, at first, she missed, and fell in love. She nicknamed him “Blondie.” By the time they were married, she knew his name was Fred Freeman; the nickname stuck. Ever her champion, Fred supported her as she returned to the Johnston Center of the University of Redlands where she earned a BA in Fine Art. While a student, her first daughter Erin was born; six years later her second daughter, Rebecca (Becky) was born. These two and their daughters are a reflection of Ann’s principles, zest, and humor. Ann, a member of the Redlands and Riverside Art Associations and a diehard member of the Fifth Avenue Swim Club, was not really a joiner, but somehow she belonged everywhere. She made fast friends with store clerks, waiters, and waitresses because she had a way of setting people free, of saying, often in the vernacular, what they were thinking or wanted to say themselves. She did the same for the children to whom she taught art and for fellow artists she knew and admired. She was a reminder to everyone she met, it pays to be particular, to be courageous, to stand by your beliefs. Ann was one of the most celebrated and prize winning artists in the region, winning awards year after year. Her work hangs in hundreds of homes and has appeared in numerous shows including Ink and Clay, the Multi-Media Mini Show, and the National Orange Show. The Kellogg Gallery of Cal Poly Pomona featured her work in a retrospective show. Ann was extremely proud of her permanent collections which can be found at the University of Redlands, California State University - Pomona, and the Cool Globes Exhibit which travels the world. Ann was most at peace at her home in Yucaipa holding hands with Fred, playing cards, watching Perry Mason, reading, sitting outdoors by her koi pond next to the Japanese maple she l oved, contemplating art and life, and soaking up inspiration from the world around her. She is survived by her husband Fred, her daughters Erin and Becky, her granddaughters Veronica and Isabelle and more friends and admirers than can be counted, all of whom will remember her bawdy humor, her generous energy, her ferocious loyalty, her deep love of family and friends, and her daring art-- the canvas of her fully-lived life.

Written with love by Caroline McAllister

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Cathy Child

April 13, 2021

How do u describe the loss of such a dear friend. She was my first contact with Yucaipa after moving there in 1984. I thought if Yucaipa has such free-spirited residents, then we made the right decision to move there. I enjoyed her globe project which was recognized nationally. The love of her art, her family, and her friends were all things that defined her. Oh, yes, her love of canasta was beyond belief. As my late husband and I spent every Saturday nite embroiled in canasta games with her and Fred (girls vs boys), things could get pretty volatile and crazy. Ann, u r missed. May u Rest In Peace. Luv Cathy Child.

Charlotte Tomlinson

April 8, 2021

Ann was one of most loving souls I have known. She loved deeply and completely. She also profoundly cherished her ideals among which the rights and expression of women of all cultures and ages were paramount. Her frankness were part of her love. She wanted no suffering of smoke screens or deceptions. She was straightforward, bold, while also maintaining amazing nuances of sensitivity. All of this shone forth in her art, in her love of family, in her dedication towards all she held dear. Ann, dear cousin, you remain with us in spirit always. Special thanks to Fred, too, for his great goodness, the kindest of men to match.

Robert Tomlinson

April 8, 2021

This is Robert, Beatrice and Silvia Ruth Tomlinson, Ann was the first cousin once removed to Robert. We were privileged to have several visits to Alabama from Ann and Fred and even saw them in California where we saw in person her love for her many exotic animals. Ann had the warmest smile and hearty laugh of anyone we have ever known. She was not shy to plop on the ground and have an impromptu art lesson with our daughter, only 4 years old at the time. Ann was also thoroughly fascinated with Native American history and we took her several times to visit the rock wall and to have long conversations with Tom Hendrix, who built the wall as a memory and tribute to his full blooded Chickasaw great great grandmother, who had been shipped to Oklahoma during the trail of tears and made her way back to Alabama to the “singing” Tennessee River. Ann was enthralled and interested and kept going back to the wall during hers and Fred’s Alabama visit. Ann had a wonderful, unforgettable personality and will be greatly missed!

Mick Leger

March 17, 2021

Fred and family,

There are certainly no words that can properly provide the comfort you all deserve in this time of loss. May the eternal light shine on your wife and mother, and cherish the memories as they can sustain us in difficult times.

Mick Leger

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