About gretchen

When working as an interior designer for 25 years, interiors became my canvases. So when I went back to painting with “real” canvases, not surprisingly, my first attempts were images of studio interiors and objects. As a studio artist, I like to work in thematic series so these first paintings became the start of my “Montreal Studio Series”. Typically, I begin with more traditional representations and as the series progresses, the subject matter morphs into more imaginative and playful depictions, for instance, walking benches, levitating stools, etc. in the studios. The first of the “Pillar Series” were conventional impressions of Greek columns, manufactured ceiling supports, then, evolved into totems, circus & calligraphic pillars, ionic-eyed ET, etc. The Sausalito Nudes develops into a “Games and Puzzles Series” -  Maze Man, Puzzled Woman, Cross Me Man (Crosswords) and Stress Inducing Adult Coloring Books. 

More recently in the Sausalito Studio Collage Series, I have experimented with torn paper, powdered paint from Roussillon, France and oil stick. Currently, I am working on a “Topography Series” -  acrylic painting with oil or acrylic stick. Some of these paintings have images that could be considered bird’s eye views and/or patterning like a topographic map.

CAREER

Studio Artist, ICB, Sausalito, CA
2014 to present

Art Teacher, (Part time Volunteer) Northern Light School, Oakland, CA
2014 to present

Originator and Organizer of Zurich Gallery Tour Group

Studio Artist, Complexe du Canal Lachine, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2007-2011

Certified Interior Designer, Gretchen Evans Interiors, 25+years, Various locations:
SF Bay area, Montreal, Zurich, Cleveland, West Virginia

Art Director, YWCA, Spokane, Washington
1971-1973

Art Teacher, Spokane, Washington Public Schools
1969-1970

 

EXHIBITIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

ICB Gallery 111, Group Show, February 2017

Gallery Complexe du Canal Lachine, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Annual Group Shows, 2008-2011

American’s in Zurich, Group Show, Zurich, Switzerland, 2001

Acquisitions Committee for Non-Canadian Art-Post 1900, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2008-2010

Joe Ruggiero’s Homes Across America, National Television appearance, HGTV, 1998

Northern Ohio Live Magazine, Article “Into the Light”, May 1999

Gallery 76, Two Women Show, “Old Spokane,”
Spokane, Washington, Ceramics

Annual Student Art Show, Eastern Washington University, Cheney 1971

Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane,Washington, Student Show 1971

E.S.U. Traveling Student Exhibit 1971-1972

 

EDUCATION

Master’s Program w/concentration in the Arts, University of Ghana, Institute of African Studies,
1980-82

BA in Art Studies, Eastern Washington University, 1971

Gonzaga University, Undergraduate Art and Art history courses, 1970

BS in Education, Oregon State University, 1969 (Honors)

University of Hawaii, Summer Undergraduate Art and Art History courses, 1968