Artists Open Studio Dates:

Dec. 2, 3

A little bit of my art journey...

As a child I was always busy with my hands and carried a little red sewing box with me everywhere I went. I loved making Barbie clothes and doing their hair. 

I gave college a try but switched into " Beauty School "! I was newly married, 19 and the year was 1980. 

My eye for "updos" bridal and prom hairstyles became my passion as well as making headpieces and jewelry. I was "discovered" at a trade show and a career blossomed! Eventually my skills saw me on stage performing hairstyles on live models, published in numerous hair and bridal magazines and the author of two industry books.   

Alongside my beauty career and raising my girls with my wonderful husband, I always found time to create! 

Today, I split my energies between my studio work and being a social media influencer. I enjoy going LIVE to my facebook group of over 20k stylists from around the world! As an educator and clairty coach I love to inspire others! 

Creativity is an obsession, a passion and legacy!

Some of the things I enjoy are: 

  • House flipping and interior design
  • Foraging in nature for my art projects
  • Upcycling, wood burning, and faux finishing
  • Floral arranging, jewelry and headpiece making
  • Turning old books into wall art or fun christmas ornaments
  • Goodwill hunting and salvation army trips keep my Ebay store humming! 

I know you will find a wonderful item for yourself or to give as gifts! 

Please visit me and my studio located in the 1930's Grange Hall in the historic district of Chaplin, CT at 350 Phoenixville Rd on route 198!

I hope to meet you very soon! 

Artist Statement:
Why upcycled smalls?

Repurposing "smalls", (an interior design term for decorative items) is my passion! I love to reimagine items into something new and fun! Let's keep things out of the landfill! A chair back can become a jewelry holder! Old housing materials can become an art piece! An music cabinet lives on as a drinks bar...

Be it an original art piece or a suitcase cat bed, I know you will find something fun at my studio for your gallery walls and home. I have pricing for every budget and a gift for every taste!

For my intuitive style of abstract painting I rely on my gut, as well as my color theory training from my cosmetology career. Gorgeous textures, color layering and maybe a little glitter.....makes its way into my abstract art ;)

It is my hope that some old wood, abandoned canvases, thrifted pieces and yard sale 'smalls" will find a new home in yours or make that perfect gift for someone special in your life!

Thanks for being curious about my work and I hope to meet you soon!
Be sure to watch my video below! Gretchen Maurer

Our Sponsors

Clicking on an image will open website in new tab