Julie Briede Ibar
Julie Briede Ibar, age 62, New Berlin, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at home with her loving husband, Didier, by her side.
Julie was born on February 7, 1959 in Portage, WI. Graduated from, Poynette Wi. She earned a degree in Art Education at UW Platteville. While attending school, she worked at a local restaurant, and was exposed to the Chicago Bears during their summer training camp. Thus, inexplicably to her friends and family, Julie became a Bears fan for life.
Her passion for art and children inspired her to become an art teacher. She earned her Master's in Education at UW Milwaukee and taught in the New Berlin school district for 24 years. Her talent was widely recognized, earning many awards as an educator and artist, including the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Award in 2020. Her art was featured in countless prestigious shows. Recently, Julie was celebrated in the 2020 "Birds in Art" exhibition, where she was one of 114 Master Artists chosen from around the world. Her work is regularly featured at the Edgewood Orchard Gallery in Door County, WI.
She married the love of her life, Didier Ibar, on May 28, 2005.
A celebrated Painter and Photographer, her soul was imprinted on her intricate work. Forever a lover of the natural world, Julie could be found, camera in hand, stalking the wetlands and woods, finding inspiration in every breath and breeze.
In Julie's own words—
"The natural world has always grounded me. In nature I find balance, pattern and mystery. Shapes stand out while I am viewing a vista, or studying the earth at my feet. Often I am compelled to examine further.
Among twisted roots, stones or leaves and in decaying or emerging plant life the spirits of other lives make themselves known. Nature becomes a magical place. Images are discovered in sunlit spaces or shadowy places. They can be fleeting. I try to hold onto what I sense in those moments, and the feeling a place evokes.
When I begin to paint, life forms begin to emerge. Many of the forms are realistic, while others are amusing, imaginary or mystical.
My wish is that my art encourages the viewer to look more closely at nature and create his or her own memories."
Julie lived a life that inspires one to act with care, curiosity, and love. Her example reminds us to cherish the dirt at our feet, and to look with awe at the people and moments that make life worthwhile.
She is survived by her husband, Didier; two sisters, Mary (Kurt) Pustina and Linda Steibraber, Meghan Ibar Didier daughter, nephews, Matthew ( Olga) Pustina Pustina and Jacob Steinbraber; nieces Anna (Den) Cobb, Jennifer and Andrea Steibrsber
countless heartbroken friends and relatives.
Julie is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Joan Briede; in-laws, Micheline and Michel Ibar; nephew, Nicholas Pustina; loyal dog, Petey Ibar.
In lieu of flowers please donate to th Milwaukee Rescue Mission https://sonate.milmission.org/donation.html#
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2021.