Ivy Wreden Bio



Ivy was raised in a very creative family living in Aspen, Woody Creek and Carbondale, Colorado. Her great grand parents on her dad’s side homesteaded and were ranchers in Woody Creek 12 miles outside Aspen Colorado. Her mom’s great grandparents had a merchant store in Aspen. She has always been an adventurist: riding horses, skiing, hiking, backpacking, bicycling, rock climbing. As well, she has been creative from a small child, drawing, painting and playing in hand dug clay from her uncles ranch.  She attended Elementary and middle school in Aspen and Carbondale Colorado. She graduated from high school in Aspen in 1975. In high school is where her art career began, having an inspiring art teacher who was phenomenal and instrumental in encouraged her to bring out her creative side as well as have her first shows at the Colorado Industrial Arts Fair at CSU where she won her first two 2 blue ribbons. This boosted her confidence and her art carrier was off and she was hooked.

After high school  Ivy was rewarded a scholarship to attend workshops at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village CO. There she studied with Paul Solderer, Ki Davis and Maxine Vanian. Ivy attended Colorado Mountain College taking many art classes, watercolor, life drawing, black and White photography, paper making, works on paper, as well as bodywork. She furthered her education in Fort Collins to Colorado State University from 1976-78 studying art.

In 1986 she went to Africa on a photographic safari, she then developed her own film and using the darkroom developed her own photographs. One of her photographs was published in the London Free Press, London UK, with a submitted story by local Aspen writer Marty Sterling. She attended Jade Fon Watercolor Workshops in Monterey CA for 5 days. Pus a 5 day Experimental Ink Workshop with Maxine Masterfield in Snowmass Village CO. In 1993 Ivy was commissioned by Dick Darnell of Etherean Music to create a painting for an album cover for the musican Denean.  She attended Flathead Community College in Kalispell for many years studying pottery, while living in Whitefish MT.  Moving to Halfway Oregon Ivy stopped being a workshop junkie, once moving to Oregon She has been self teaching herself new art forms except for taking a pastel and a batik watercolor workshop.

Ivy has taught art to all ages from 3-5 th graders at the Aspen Community School, ages 5-7 at Roaring Fork Summer Music Camp in Basalt CO –  teaching Art Camp, ages 4th -12th grade After School Art program in Halfway OR at the Pine Eagle Charter School, adults at Crossroads Arts Center in Baker City OR,  Adults for Mosaic and Sip and Paint Workshops in Halfway OR.

Ivy’s first solo show was in 1988. Since, she has had many solo shows, joint shows, many group shows. She has shown in many  Galleries, Fairs and Art Festivals over the years. She has been represented by Galleries in Colorado: Aspen, Carbondale and Vail. McCall and Boise Idaho, Walla Walla WA, Joseph, Pendleton, Prairie City and Ontario Oregon. Currently she has Galleries in Baker City OR, Pendleton OR and Walla Walla WA that represent her work.

  She was a professional house painter for 18 years in Aspen Colorado and has been a massage therapist for 36 years. She trained horses for her father when he owned a horse cattle ranch in Woody Creek outside Aspen Colorado. She rode in many events both English and Western.

Ivy is now in her 60’s. She was married for 29 years and raised two artistic daughters, one graduated in Costume Design from the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 2016 and is presently working there. The other daughter is a Fine Silver Jewelry Designer and a stay at home mom in Loon Lake WA. During those events in her life Ivy has always created art and held art shows.  She is inspired by the beauty in nature and landscapes, as well as from her many travels in the states as well as abroad in Africa, Spain, Mexico, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, London, France.

She is presently living in a rural area of Eastern Oregon in the small town of Halfway. Living here inspires her art and creativity, away from the bustle of the world, where people take the time to chat on the street, where folks are friendly, neighborly and help each other out. She currently does farm stays and pet care for all types of animals. She has a traveling art studio, setting up her art space wherever she goes.

Her recent shows in Walla Walla have been at Saviah Cellars, Colville Street Patisserie, Brasserie Four, Dunham Cellars, plus at Kingfisher Gallery.  Her Oregon galleries that represent her in Baker City are Crossroads Art Center, Peterson’s Gallery, Copper Belt Winery and Earth and Vine. She sells her Mosaic Cowboy Boots at Hamley’s Western Store in Pendleton OR.

At present she creates in encaustic, pastel, mosaic, ink, as well as Telemedera Fusion. She has taught herself mosaic, ink and encaustic. A few years ago she and a friend took on learning encaustic together and she is currently creating landscapes in encaustic and pastel. She took a pastel workshop from a local artist in Halfway. She also taught herself to do this new technique Telemedera Fusion from seeing an Oregon Art Beat where he become inspired by the artist. Buyers have commented that my Telemedera Fusion art is fun and makes them happy. Ivy holds Sip and Paint Workshops, and has held mosaic workshops in Halfway as well as at Crossroads Arts Center in Baker City OR. It’s so rewarding to see people get into their element and connect with their artistic self and to see people get enthralled by smashing plates up and recycle there old treasures. Her future plans are to teach Encaustic and Telemedera Fusion when she gets a larger studio space. Plus taking a trip to Tuscany and Umbria Italy which has inspired her to paint the countryside of Italy. She can not wait to see the landscape in person.

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