By Portia Williams
GRAYSON, Ky. — The Grayson Gallery & Art Center will present “Fine Art and Photography” during the monthly F!nal Fridays Art Walk on Friday, June 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Fine Art and Photography event will feature the original artwork of multi-media artist Rhonda Kretzer. According to Dan Click, Grayson Gallery & Art Center coordinator, this is the first one-person “solo artist” exhibit at the center this year, and will have more than 60 pieces of Kretzer’s original photography, mosaics, and mixed media pieces on display.
He said they are excited about featuring Kretzer’s work at the Grayson Gallery.
“We first heard about artist Rhonda Kretzer through her mother, Janet Morris, a beginning artist herself and frequent visitor to the Grayson Gallery. After inviting Rhonda to exhibit some of her work in our Peace & Love show in February we discovered her large body of work was available for an exhibit and asked her to be our first solo artist of 2014. The quality and diversity as well as the opportunity to share and sell Kretzer’s unique artwork with others in this area was too good to pass up,” Click said.
Rhonda Morris Kretzer is a native of Ashland, Ky., and is a self-taught, multimedia artist, and a graduate of Fairview High School. According to Click, Kretzer has always had an interest in all medias, photography was her first love. Beginning with a surprise gift of a Kodak 110 camera at the age of 10 from her father, the late Ronnie Morris, she started snapping and hasn’t stopped.
In more recent years, Kretzer applied and became a contributing photographer with Getty Images, licensing photos for commercial use, as well as selling prints online for home and office decorating. She is also still in contract with an agency located in England, also for stock photography.
Her nature photos have been featured twice in Seven by Five magazine, as well as on the popular photo sharing website, Flickr, on the page “Flickr, The Beauty in Everything.” Rhonda’s latest interest is the art of mosaic. Always an admirer of the art, both contemporary and ancient, she started cracking and laying tiles in 2012 and has been creating one-of-a-kind pieces ever since.
Kretzer said she likes to keep her self enthralled in her work, and constantly looking for the next project.
“I always like to stay busy, thinking ahead to my next project while still working on a piece. I have an undying love of color, light, and shadow, and the world around me. Nature is a great studio,” Kretzer said.
She currently resides in Xenia, Ohio, with her husband, Charlie, and their four cats. They are proud grandparents of one granddaughter, Harper, and one daughter Katie and her husband, Mike.
Live music will be by “Two of Us,” an acoustic blend of tunes by Erica and Michael Berry. Refreshments will be served and the event is free to the public. Contact Dan Click, Gallery Coordinator for information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.