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Kathy Fretwell

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Kathy  Fretwell


Katerine (Kathy) Fretwell was born in NYC in 1944. She earned a B.A. (Sociology), M.S.W., plus most of an Honours English B.A. in Nova Scotia, and became a Canadian citizen in 1970. Fretwell has had 3 poetry collections published and has poems in 26 anthologies and 46 North American journals. She is a member of Visual Arts Ontario, A Space Gallery, CARO (CARfac), Canada PEN, the League of Canadian Poets, and other national writers' organizations. Her Quartzite Dialogues poems were performed in international music festivals in Japan and Canada, 1999.
In New York, Fretwell studied life drawing & pastels under her aunt, the late Ruth Wagner Wink (who studied at the Vincent Colorossi Institute in Paris) and took three years of studio art from Richard Spyer in Dobbs Ferry, NY. In Nova Scotia, she studied oils with Mischa German Van Eck and life drawing from Jean Slick. In Ontario, she has studied with Heather Dawkins, Bert Weir, Sheila Hannon, and the late Elena Weir and Andrew Till, in various media.
WATERCOLOUR challenges me with its versatility and its capacity for infinite surprises, thick or thin. My work evolves from a specific organic image which nevertheless develops and elaborates itself through the very process of painting it. ACRYLICS furthers my study of colour juxtapositions and stimulates my desire to portray movement. Currently, my subjects range from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic in nature and space.

Awards and Accomplishments

First Place in Watercolor at Artfocus 10th annual show, Metro Hall, Toronto, 2001
1998 "Fission & Fusion", Bancroft Art Gallery, Bancroft, Ontario
1996 "Fusion/Fission", Upper Canada Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995 "Fissure", Blue Monkey Cafe, Toronto, Ontario
1995 "Stiff", A Space Member's Wall, Toronto, Ontario
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected - several will continue yearly)
2001 - Artfocus Show 2001, received jury's first prize for best watercolours in the show
1999 "Forest Fires Collective", "Decade of Days", Burlington Art Gallery, Burlington, ON
1999 BCE Place, sponsored by Artfocus Magazine, Toronto, ON
1999 Thanksgiving Studio Art Tour, Invitational, Parry Sound, ON
1999 "Ojibway Art Show", Island off Pointe au Baril, ON
1999 "Forest Fires Collective", West Parry Sound District Museum, Parry Sound, ON
1999 "Microbes to Milky Way", Riverside Gallery, Toronto, ON
1997 "Stepping Stones", West Parry Sound District Museum, Parry Sound, ON
1995 "Fractals", Cafe des Artistes, Toronto, ON

Recent Exhibitions and Shows

Private Collections: Japan, Denmark, USA, and Canada.
OAC Materials Grant: '97, '99.
Auctions: Esprit House '97, RISE & Festival of the Sound '99.

In 2005 and 2006, four groups totaling 31 Canadian artists will show their art in Tokyo at the Tokyo Great Canadian Art Exhibition. I'm in the second group which will show Fall, 2005.
The internal committee of the Biennale Internazionale del l'Arte Contemporanea Citta di Firenze - Italia has asked me to show my work, based on their perusal of my website.

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Category: Paintings

Media:watercolour, acrylic

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