Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler! (Let The Good Times Roll!)
15 x 20 in., scratchboard
Currently on a nationwide tour. Available through the artist.
Ginger Gehres calls herself a “Visual Bard,” one who tells a story through imagery.
One of only 16 Master Members of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) and an Associate Member with Distinction with the American Women Artists, Ginger is a published artist, visual storyteller and art historian who has studied under both nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.
“Growing up with generations of creative people allowed me to build on the basics and become the person I am today. Having worked in many mediums in the past, both commercially and in fine art, I picked up the medium of scratchboard art in 2013 and fell in love with it,” says Ginger.
As stunning as her work is, it seems hard to imagine it has been called quirky, intriguing, and fun. All are fine with Ginger. Traditionally, a black and white, reductive medium, scratchboard now incorporates color.
“I want my art to tell a story to a viewer. If it makes you smile or react with emotion, then I am successful. I hope what I create speaks volumes to you.”
Becoming an artist was the natural progression for Ginger.
“My Grandmothers taught me to see the world around me and to express my thoughts creatively. My Mom shared her love of dance and music and my Dad opened my eyes to the world of architecture, a love of the ocean, and how to spot animals and birds hiding in the forests!”
As a young adult, Ginger suffered from episodic migraines and seizures. In 1998, she had a severe stroke-like episode, which gravely affected the left side of her body. Left-handed, Ginger spent years in speech, physical, and occupational therapy, relearning how to hold a paintbrush and to coordinate her movements. She claims, “My life as I knew it may have ended years ago, but a shot at a new life began, and I am making the most of it!”
Master Member: International Society of Scratchboard Artists
Associate Member with Distinction: American Women Artists
The Lemonade Art Gallery, Chocowinity, NC Most Recent Awards &
ISSA Holiday Online Exhibition, First Place
Bryn Mawr Art Ability, Second Place
Pamlico Artists Fine Art Exhibition, Juror’s Choice
North Light Books Strokes of Genius 10 (to be released November 2018)
ISSA International Society of Scratchboard Artists Exhibition, Adelaide Australia, “Highly Commendable” Masters Division
American Women Artists Spring Online Juried Show, Second Place
Feeling Crabby Sold at Bryn Mawr during Exhibition
Bryn Mawr Art Ability International Exhibition, Second Place
North Light Books Strokes of Genius 9
North Ridge Country Club Fine Art Gala
ISSA International Exhibition, Tucson, AZ, Award of Excellence
Eye of the Artist Fine Arts Show, Third Place