Gretchen Ryan is a foreign-born artist who has been involved in art
both here and in Europe. She has studied with German masters and at
the Berlin Art Academy.
Gretchen has shown her works in Berlin, Frankfurt and Spain. Since she
settled in California her works have been exhibited in southern California,
including the Cunningham Gallery in Bakersfield. She has been a presence
in all major northern California shows including: The State Fair, the
prestigious Kingsley Open, NCA Open, Magnum Opus and many more.
She is a constant award winner, including an ‘Award of Excellence’
at the State Fair, four ‘Best of Shows’, and an Air Force
purchase award. For her involvement in art and the community, she has
been included in ‘Who’s Who of Women in the World’.
She has juried shows and demonstrates to art groups. She teaches many
classes, two at American River College extension, plus the City of Sacramento
and the Learning Exchange. She conducts art classes for children hospitalized
at the local Shriner’s Hospital and has painted two murals in
treatment rooms at the facility.
In service to the local community, Gretchen has participated in the
‘Elk on Parade’ and ‘Pride of Sacramento’, both
time-intensive, fundraising activities. She has donated paintings to
raise money for the public broadcasting station, KVIE, in its annual
auction/fundraiser for over twenty years; her KVIE logo designs have
won multiple honors over the years.
Gretchen works in all mediums including hand-made paper. Teaching has
kept her art fresh and ready for new ideas in order to serve her students
well. She has a studio in Carmichael where she paints and holds classes.