Francie Allen grew up in Gilford, a picturesque New Hampshire village that – after WWII – drew educated, visionary people to live their ideals. Their pioneering spirit and vibrant sense of community deeply shaped her values. Civil rights activities – including marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr– prefigured her life long commitment to healing the planet and its peoples.
Allen moved to Seattle in the early 70’s. A graduate sculpture student at UW School of Art, she unexpectedly found her greatest inspiration working with Dance Department head, Joan Skinner.
Francie is a versatile educator – from college teaching to designing school programs in visual thinking to environmental education. She ran a production studio for concrete garden sculptures of her own designs and molds, with thousands of pedestals and sculpted bowls located throughout the Northwest.
In CA (2003-2009), as artist-in-residence for the city of Palo Alto, she began her current work in wire. In 2009 she married and relocated to Bellingham, WA.