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.

Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions

2016 Markmakers: Frances Vettergreen/Sandy Kunze, Midtowne Gallery, Calgary, AB

2015 The earth lets me breathe, Bluerock Gallery, Black Diamond, AB

2015 Featured Artist, Rouge, through Bluerock Gallery, Calgary, AB

2014 Frances Vettergreen/David Cheney, Midtowne Gallery, Calgary, AB

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

2018, Vistas, Visions, and Viewpoints, Leighton Art Centre, AB

2016 Summer Show, Midtowne Gallery, Calgary, AB

2015 Alternative Spaces, Jayne Creighton Design

2014 Small Works, Midtowne Gallery, Calgary

2014 Surface Works, Jayne Creighton Design, Calgary

2013 The Alberta Flood Rose Project, Calgary (various locations)

2013 Reflections, Jayne Creighton Design, Calgary

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)

2016 Calgary Arts Development Storytelling Project: Living a Creative Life 

2013 The Alberta Flood Rose Project 

2009 precambria,, October 2009

2004 Chapbook, Wordweavers Writers Collective

Affiliations and Volunteer Positions (selected)

2017-18 Leighton Art Centre, member

2017-18 Edible Garden Education Committee/Educator, Altadore Elementary School

2014-18 Grade 2 Early Literacy Tutor, Calgary/Altadore Reads, Altadore Elementary School

2015-17 Communications Chair, Altadore Elementary School

2014-15 Associate Chair, Altadore School and Community Edible Garden

2010-15 Art4Five Artists’ Collective, member

2009-10 Artpoint Gallery and Studios Society, member

2004-09 Wordweavers Writers Collective, founding member