The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of a show of work by member Gretchen McCance. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, October 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; the show will run through November 19.
A retired high school art teacher, McCance says, “The Franklin County Arts Guild has been such a wonderful asset for me since moving here four years ago. It was a major adjustment, after moving to Georgia in the early 60s and living in Atlanta since the early 70s. I was active in an art guild and other art associations in the Atlanta area and was so happy when I learned about the Franklin County Arts Guild. The members not only have welcomed me but have encouraged me in so many ways to keep working on my art. In addition to teaching, I did commissioned portrait work, and I am now branching out into other subject matter. It's a new beginning for me and for my work."
McCance maintains studios in Winchester, Tennessee. and Blue Ridge, Georgia. Although she has been drawing and painting since she was a child, she began her formal training at Augusta State University and graduated with a BFA from The University of Georgia in painting and drawing. She also has a master's degree in art education from Georgia State University. Gretchen’s broad knowledge of art and her ability let her portray any subject with striking accuracy, creating powerful work that is sensitive to both beauty and design. She is also well known for her portrait work.
McCance's past exhibits, awards and private collections include: The Macon Museum of Art (merit award), Augusta State University, University of Georgia, Georgia State University (merit award), Louisiana State University (National Juried Show), Agnes Scott College (merit award), Albany Museum of Art (purchase award), Days Inn Corporate Offices, Miller brewing company Corporate Offices, Game and Fish Publications, and more. Gretchen is married to retired artist/professor Don McCance. She has one daughter, singer/songwriter Alisa McCance Bieck, a son-in-law, songwriter/recording producer Greg Bieck, and two grand daughters. A breast cancer survivor, she believes every day is a gift and thanks God every day for all of his blessings.
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