July 9 – August 26, 2016
Gretchen Bercaw grew up in a family of artists. Her mother was an art teacher and her father was a retail-advertising executive with a knack for design, drawing, and photography. As a teen she would often accompany her father to photo shoots for retail catalogs at commercial photography studios.
Gretchen became intrigued by the art and the science of photography. She bought her first Nikon as a high school senior and the same year was awarded a Gold Key and became a portfolio finalist in the National Scholastic Art competition. She dabbled in photography, sculpture and ceramics as a fine art major during her first years of college, but eventually settled on sports marketing and business administration.
For many years Gretchen had a successful career marketing and managing multi-sport events while living in Ohio, Chicago and Wisconsin. She hired professional photographers to document athletes for media publications and promotional materials. She later spent over ten years traveling the globe as an international sales manager for a construction material manufacturer. In late 2011, she purchased her first digital Nikon camera and began shooting again documenting many of her international travels as well as many other interesting people and places.
Recently two of her photographs were selected by the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography for display as part of the Vivian Maier Street Photography competition. The Cleveland Society of Photographers has also selected her work for juried display. She currently shoots high school seniors, weddings, portraits, and landscapes.
Gretchen is a member of the Akron Society of Professional Photographers, the Cleveland Society of Photographers, and the Northeast Ohio Digital Photographers.