Mary Ann Gantenbein is the featured artist for September at the Trail’s End Art Gallery reception during the Gearhart Art Walk from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6.
Her show, titled “Art for All Seasons,” will include watercolors, mixed media, pastels and collages. During the reception, she will discuss the techniques she uses for her paintings.
Gantenbein was born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California. She attended college in Oregon and stayed to marry and raise two boys in Portland. She spent 10 years in banking and 23 years working for Nordstrom’s.
The family spent a lot of time on the Oregon Coast and after retirement, moved permanently to the area.
The quest to become an artist started first with watercolor and has continued into acrylic, pastel, mixed media and collages. Gantenbein has taken classes and workshops from Judith Fredrikson, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Eric Wiegardt, Fealing Lin, Linda Rothchild-Ollis and Karlyn Holman. She is a member of Trail’s End Art Gallery and The Palette Puddlers in Cannon Beach.
“Now that I have been taking classes and workshops for a number of years I see paintings everywhere,” Gantenbein said. “I am influenced by everywhere I go, other artists and mostly where we live.”
Refreshments will be served during the reception. The gallery also has a new exhibit featuring photography, oil painting, acrylic, watercolors, jewelry and more.