Florida Artists Group

  Area III Member

Susan von Gries— Painter

Susan von Gries

At The Cross Road 48x36

Susan von Gries

High Note 38x48

 Susan von Gries

Susan von Gries

Melodic Fragments 48x36

Susan von Gries

Changing Direction 50x40

Susan's Web Site

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Member of Flag since 2012
FLAG Positions Served:
Assistant area chair 2013
Area Chair 2013 -2015

Susan's Bio:

Susan von Gries is an award winning international artist who currently resides with her husband in Sarasota, Florida.  Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she lived in El Salvador, Brazil, Venezuela, Belgium, and the Netherlands with her family, as an expatriate for 20 years. She has also travelled widely in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and the Near East.  While living overseas she experienced, assimilated, and pursued her passion for art.  She has exhibited in Brussels and The Hague and was the Art Commentator on Radio de Vie, a local radio station in Waterloo, Belgium.  Her work, including sculpture, is in private collections in Europe and North America.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Artist's Statement:

There is a musical nature to my abstract paintings. For me, brushing paint onto a canvas is akin to an exuberant orchestra conductor shaping beautiful music with his baton. I have a strong music appreciation that's rooted in my childhood. My father was a musician and I recall that music was always playing in our home. Music inspires me to create. It transports me to a place in my subconscious where I am able to express my emotions intuitively and spontaneously with paint on canvas. I would describe many of my abstract paintings in the style of lyrical abstraction.
 I begin my compositions by laying down strong, gestured lyrical lines, based on the emotional connection I feel to the music. Those lines will be the primary element in my painting because of their ability to express those emotions. Is the music TOUGH? EDGY? SOOTHING? SEXY? Will my brush strokes be scratchy, angular, agitated or will they be flowing, delicate and graceful? 
I follow this step by adding the orchestra:  color, texture, contrast, tonality. They work to solidify the rhythm, harmony, balance and intangible elements of the painting. I hope that the intimate connection I feel to the music will be translated to the viewer's appreciation of the painting. Over the years my paintings have evolved from being contemplative and relaxing color field compositions to energic, gestural paintings characterized by expressive line and color.


2014           Juried exhibitions, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
2014           5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Longboat Key, FL                  
2014           Tradition Gone Wild, Venetian Society of Basket Weavers exhibition, juried, Art Center                                         Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
2014           Florida Living, Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, FL.
2014           FLAG Area VII Exhibition, Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Meyers, FL
2013           The Dancing Crane Gallery Winter Exhibition, Village of the Arts, Bradenton, FL
2013-14     Group Exhibition sponsored by The Dancing Crane Gallery, Bradenton Financial Center,                                 Bradenton, FL
2013           Juried exhibitions, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
2013           Red, Florida Artist Group, Area 4 Exhibition, Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach, FL
2013           The 4th Annual Juried Exhibition, Florida Museum for Women Artists,Deland, FL                                            Juror - George Bolge, CEO, Museum of Florida Art
2013           The 63rd Annual Florida Artist Group (FLAG) Symposium and Exhibition,                                                             LeMoyne Art Center, Tallahassee, FL  Juror -Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
2013           The Dancing Crane Gallery Summer Exhibition, Village of the Arts, Bradenton, FL
2013           Abstract Rhythms, solo exhibition, The Center for Arts and Humanity, Sarasota, FL
2013           Simply Original Exhibition at Art Center Sarasota, juried - First Place
2013           Salon des Artistes Art and Photography Exhibition, Longboat Key Education Center,                                   Longboat Key, FL
2013           Inspirations, 4th Annual Invitational Exhibition by Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island,
                    The Studio at Gulf and Pine, AMI, FL
2012           The Crane Sings the Blues, The Dancing Crane Gallery, Bradenton, FL
2012           Juried exhibitions, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
2012           Best of the Best, The Players Theatre Gallery
2012          The Dancing Crane Gallery Summer Exhibition
2012          The 62nd Annual Florida Artist Group (FLAG) Symposium and Exhibition, 
                   Ringling College of Art and Design, Selby Galleries I & II and Illustration Gallery, Sarasota,                    FL,  Tom Nakashima, Juror
2012          It's Who We Are, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, juried, Honorable Mention
2012         Art at The Windsor, 5th annual invitational group exhibition, The Windsor of Lakewood Ranch,                    Lakewood Ranch, Florida, juried
2012          Solo Exhibition, Susan von Gries, Harmony Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2012          artinsight-sarasota and Friend, Group Show, The Players Theatre Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2012          Blossoms, The Dancing Crane Gallery, group show
2011          Man as Object, Reversing the Gaze, Women’s Caucus for Art, SOMArts Cultural Center,
                   San Francisco, CA, juried
2011          Why Not Women?, artinsight-sarasota group show, The Studio at Gulf and Pine,
                   Anna Maria, FL
2011-12    The Players Theatre Gallery, group show, Sarasota, FL
2011-12     Art at the Windsor, Annual Invitational Group Exhibition, Lakewood Ranch, FL, juried
2011          artinsight and friends, Group Show, The Dancing Crane Gallery, Bradenton, FL
2010          artinsight-sarasota Premier Exhibition, group show, Living Walls Furniture and Design,                    Sarasota, FL
2010          A Night of Art and Jazz, artinsight-sarasota group show, MetLife Financial Investors,                    Sarasota, FL
2010          5 Women Artists, group show, Raymond James Investment Group, Sarasota, FL
2010          Fringe Gallery Exhibition, Sarasota Fringe Film Festival, group show, Sarasota, FL
2010          Beat the Blahs, Group show, Frary Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2008-12    Art Center Sarasota, group exhibitions, juried
2005-09   Art in the Park, Sarasota, FL, juried
1998           Senior Art Show, University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, WI
1998          Student Art Show, University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, WI , juried
1989          American School of the Hague Staff Show, American Women's Club,
                   The Hague, Netherlands
1988          Susan von Gries, Artist, solo show, American Women's Club, The Hague, Netherlands
1983          4th Biennial Artists and Artisans Show, Cercle Artistique Communal, Waterloo,
                  Belgium, juried

2013         Abstract Rhythms by Susan von Gries, Center For Arts and Humanity, Sarasota, FL
2012         Harmony Gallery, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota, FL
1988         American Women's Club, The Hague, Netherlands


First Place, Honorable Mention


1982   Radio de Vie, Brussels, Belgium, Monday at Two, Art Critiques-Brussels Gallery Scene




  • Florida Artists Group, Inc. (FLAG)
  • artinsight-Sarasota, FL (founding member)
  • Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota, FL
  • Art Center Sarasota, FL 
  • Women's Caucus For Art
  • Woman's Exchange, organization supporting the Sarasota/Manatee Arts, 6 year - Board of Directors
  • Art Center Manatee


2010 - present:   The Dancing Crane Gallery, Bradenton, FL
2009 -10  Frary Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2005 - 09  Sternberg Interiors and Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2013      "Stories We Tell" Women's Caucus for Art exhibition catalogue,
               Phoenix Gallery, New York,NY, juror Jessica Porter
2013      Florida Artist Group, 63rd Annual Exhibition and Symposium
               exhibition catalogue, LeMoyne Art Center, Tallahassee, FL
2013      A Walk into Abstracts,  e-book Volume 6, by Sue St. John                                                           
2013      BOUND, Women's Caucus for Art exhibition catalog,  Phoenix Gallery,
               New York, NY, juror Cora Rosevar
2012      Florida Artist Group, 62nd Annual Exhibition and Symposium,
exhibition catalogue, Ringling College of Art & Design, Selby Galleries I & II, Sarasota, Florida.
2011       Featured in WCA catalogue, Man as Object, Reversing the Gaze
2011       Featured in Your Observer, Painted Ladies, Sarasota, FL
                Featured in Style, Herald Tribune, August 7, Sarasota, FL


Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin