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Anita Gronendahl was a highly respected serigraphic, or silk screen, artist. Her print work displayed strong structure and control. After she rediscovered her interest in watercolor, with which she was very accomplished, her silk screens became much more colorful and romantic. One of her prints was chosen for use on a UNICEF greeting card. Gronendahl worked and exhibited her pieces in her Barn Studio Gallery, a converted eighteenth-century barn near Doylestown. She staged several shows a year, not only of her own work, but of other artists, as well. Gronendahl taught the silk screen process in her studio and at the Abington Art Center, and was active in helping other artists get their start. Her work has been included in seven National Print Exhibitions and is represented in several permanent collections and local institutions. Gronendahl won over one hundred awards during her career.
Education and Training
Philadelphia Museum College of Art (University of the Arts), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Teachers and Influences
Howard Watson (Abington Center)
Connection to Bucks County
Gronendahl moved with from Holland, Bucks County to a farm in Doylestown. She opened the Barn Studio Gallery in Plumstead Township in 1976. She lived on Landis Road in Doylestown at the time of her death in 1994.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Harriet Ermentrout, Glenda Lange Bye, Jean Uhl Spencer, Dorothy McNamara, and Carol Barany were friends and colleagues.
Gronendahl served as a judge for area art shows, was past president of the Doylestown Arts League, and was a member of the Upstairs Gallery in Lahaska.
Major Group Exhibitions
Woodmere Art Gallery Open Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1973
Yardley Art Association Open Exhibition, Yardley, Pennsylvania, 1974-1980
Phillips' Mill Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1974-1980
Doylestown Art League, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1975-1980
Art Alliance of Philadelphia, Bicentennial Print Show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1976
Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1985
5 Noted Women Artists, Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1992
Coryell Gallery Fall Exhibition (memorial tribute), Lambertville, New Jersey 1994
Gronendahl's work is represented in several corporate collections including General Motors Corp., AT&T, and IBM.
Lower Southampton Library, Southampton, Pennsylvania
Huntingdon Valley Library, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Churchville Nature Center, Churchville, Pennsylvania
Friends School, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Teaching and Professional Appointments
Taught at her Barn Studio
Lectured for Art Goes To School, Bucks County
Won over 100 awards, some of which are:
First Prize (overall exhibit) Huntingdon Valley Library Exhibit, 1976
First Prize (watercolor) Deep Run Festival of the Arts, 1976
First Prize (watercolor) Willow Grove Outdoor Show, 1976
Ralph Coleman Prize for Illustration, 1976
G. Allen Smith Print Prize, 1978
Woodmere Art Gallery Print Prize, 1980
First (graphics) Yardley Art Association, open juried show, 1977, 1980
First (graphics) Doylestown Art League, 1977, 1980
Alice McFadden Byre Prize for Best Print in Show, 61st Annual Philadelphia Watercolor Club
Certificate of Merit for Graphics, 83rd Annual Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, 1979
Affiliations and Memberships
President, Doylestown Art League
Upstairs Gallery, Member, Lahaska