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Tenacre Art Gallery

The mission of the Tenacre Art Gallery (TAG) is to inspire, enrich and fuel the creative spirit of our students, staff and parents by presenting thought-provoking artwork and welcoming exceptional artists to the Tenacre Community. TAG hosted its first exhibition in the spring of 2007. When artists exhibit their work at Tenacre, they also agree to work with students in art class. This has been a wonderful opportunity for Tenacre students, who have learned from painters, photographers, illustrators and other artists.

Current TAG artist: Cathy Gruetzke-Blais

Tenacre welcomes artist Cathy Gruetzke-Blais to the TAG gallery. Cathy is a fine artist and an art educator. Her acrylic paintings, sometimes with collage elements, focus on nature, color interaction, and texture. She strives to find the beauty, joy, and energy that each flower or grouping exudes. She has shown her work locally for years. Her art is owned by both local and international collectors. Cathy paints in her studio at Howard Street Studios in Framingham, MA. All of these paintings have been created in the past few years.
 
Cathy has also designed and painted for public art projects, including the large rabbit sculpture found in Tenacre’s courtyard. “Regal Rabbit” was a part of the Dedham Public Art Project in 2012. In 2017, Cathy designed and painted an electrical box along Route 135 in Natick, as a part of the Natick Public Art Project. This box is titled “Red Hawk and Friends.”
 
Cathy is a full time art teacher at the Fay School in Southborough. Previously, she worked part time for six years as the grades PK-2 art teacher at Tenacre. She finds that working as an artist helps solidify her understanding of the creative and artistic processes that she then conveys to her young students. And, reciprocally, she learns everyday from her students’ expression and from the skills necessary for creating a nurturing and productive classroom.

Artist Cathy Gruetzke-Blais

Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.