portrait of the artist, 2013   ©FMVettergreen


Frances Marina Vettergreen is a visual artist who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. Her work follows three streams: abstract paintings in oil and cold wax inspired by her personal experience of natural spaces and events; plein air landscapes in watercolour and drawing media; and “small fruit”, still life paintings in oil and cold wax made from direct observation.

Frances Vettergreen studied drawing at Alberta College of Art then went on to earn her BFA (with distinction) in painting at the University of Alberta. She has exhibited her work in Alberta and Ontario, taught drawing and painting at Lakehead University in Kenora, Ontario, and is collected internationally. She presently maintains a studio in Calgary’s historic Beltline.

Solo Exhibitions

2011     Small Fruit, Redbloom Salon, Calgary, AB

2011     Urban Forest/Small Fruit,  Artpoint Gallery, Calgary,  AB

2010    Neighborhood (Park excerpt), RedBloom Salon, Calgary, AB

2010    Park: new paintings, Artpoint Gallery, Calgary, AB

2005    Mountain Drawings, Didsbury Public Library, Didsbury, AB

2001    Landscape, Fringe Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1999    Water, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON

1997    Painting Winter, Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora, ON

1988    the earth myself, new drawings, Centennial Library Foyer Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1987    Jugs and Fishes, The Paint Spot, Edmonton, AB

Group Exhibitions

2011     Ecosystems, Satellite Gallery, Calgary, AB

2010    Christmas Show, Artpoint Gallery, Calgary, AB

1999    Land and Myth, Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora, ON

1996, 1997    In a Small Way, Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora, ON

1996     A Journey of Painting, Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora, ON

1991    City of St. Albert Invitational Art Auction, Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, AB

1988, 1989    Artists Underground, City of Edmonton LRT Stations, Edmonton, AB

1988    Invitational Exhibition, the Boardwalk, Edmonton, AB

1987    Functioning Art, Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, AB

1986    City of St. Albert 125th Anniversary Exhibition, Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, AB

1986     Six New Artists, Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB


City of St. Albert Permanent Collection

Private collections internationally

Grants and Awards (selected)

1999    Ontario Arts Council Grant, Exhibition Assistance Program

1985     Florence Andison Friedman Award for Painting, University of Alberta

Education (selected)

2004-05    Wordweaving, University of Calgary Continuing Education (Weyman Chan/Sharron Proulx)

1995-96     Independent Study, Lakehead University at Kenora (Ann Clarke)

1986           Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, University of Alberta

1981-83      Drawing major, Alberta College of Art

Publications (selected)

2009     precambria, blueskiespoetry.ca, October 2009

2004     Chapbook, Wordweavers Writers Collective

Affiliations and Volunteer Positions (selected)

2010-now    Art4Five Artists’ Collective, member

2009-10       Artpoint Gallery and Studios Society, member

2004-now     Wordweavers Writers Collective, founding member

2008-now     Community Crop, community garden in South Calgary, gardener