Family & Art History
Oasis of mara joshua tree national park mtns circa 1928 e
29 palms inn circa 1949 e
Claire & doc van lahr oct 1971 e







Gretchen Grunt
Artist      Printmaker      Educator

Gretchen Grunt is a fourth generation
pioneering entrepreniual family member of 29 palms:

The Family Lineage began in 1928, when Gretchen's great grandfather,
Harry Johansing from pasadena, purchased the Oasis of Mara & the 29 Palms Inn
as an investment & love for the desert landscape.

Then in 1939, Gretchen's grandparents, Robert "Doc" & Claire Van Lahr (born Mary Claire Johnasing) moved to 29 Palms to manage the 29 Palms Inn. Immediately, her grandparents decided to have the Stubbs Brothers build the adobe cabins & entrust the east end of the Oasis of Mara to the Joshua Tree National Park Service, where the Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters & Visitor Center resides today on Utah Trail.

Thirty-eight years later, in 1977, Doc & Claire decided to put the Inn on the market to sell. That is when Gretchen's mother & Father, Ronald Nicholas & Jane Grunt (born Jane Van Lahr) decided it was time to change their way of life, from living on the waters of San Francisco Bay with their houseboat & almost finished family home at Strawberry Point, to moving to the dry desert landscape to be the next caretakers of the Oasis of Mara & the 29 Palms Inn.
(The Houseboat built by Jane & Ron still floats on the Inn pond)

Today, Jane & her second husband, PaulFrancis Smith, caretake the property with much love & admiration for ALL of the previous generations of people that lived & cared for the Oasis of Mara:
Paiute, Chemehuevi, Cahuilla, Serrano Indians, &
the Pioneers who Followed!

Mojave Desert Indians

Oasis of Mara

29 Palms Inn

29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery


PROFESSIONAL:
29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery
Proprietor, Educator, Artist, Gallery Director
29 Palms, CA
2003 to Currently

Annual Morongo Basin Open Studio Art Tours
Participant
29 Palms, CA
2003 to 2009

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Inc
"
Black, White & Red All Over" Group Show
Audience Favorite Award, 3rd Place
29 Palms, CA
2008

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Printmaking Instructor
29 Palms, CA
2008 & 2009

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Inc
Events Director
Joshua Tree, CA
2004 to 2006

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Inc
President 
Joshua Tree, CA
2005 to 2006

Copper Mountain College
Student Services Printmaking Instructor
29 Palms, CA
2004 to 2006

Frame Works
Custom Picture Framer & Gallery Director
San Luis Obispo, CA
1997 to 2003

Cuesta Community College
Extended Education Instructor
San Luis Obispo, CA
2003 to 2004

San Luis Artist's Gallery
San Luis Obispo, CA
2001 to 2002

The Creamery Mural Project
Mural Director
San Luis Obispo, CA
2002

Direct Art Magazine, Vol. 7
New York, New York
2002

Limner Gallery
"Spring Salon" Group Show
New York, New York
2002

San Luis Obispo Arts Council
Open Studios
Los Osos, CA
2000

Fast Frame Group Show
San Luis Obispo, CA
1996

The Pasadena Arts Council
"Between the Dark and Daylight" Group Show
Pasadena, CA
1995

Sonoma State Juried Student Show
Rohnert Park, CA
1995

Cuesta College Juried Student Show
San Luis Obispo, CA
1992 and 1993

29 Palms Inn Easter Celebration
29 Palms, CA
1992

EDUCATION:
Idyllwild Arts "The Artist's Book" Workshop
Laura Wait
Idyllwild, CA
2010

Idyllwild Arts "Beyond Monotype" Workshop
Ron Pokrasso
Idyllwild, CA
2006 & 2007

Private Printmaking Instruction
Melissa Paca
29 Palms, CA
2005

Private Printmaking Instruction
Debora Iyall
29 Palms, CA
2004 to 2006

Sonoma State University
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction
Rohnert Park, CA
1993 to 1995

Cuesta Community College
San Luis Obispo, CA
1989 to 1993

ISOMATA Summer Arts
Idllywild, CA
1981 to 1984

29 palms inn kitchen 1940s doc vanlahr e
Houseboat on pond of 29 palms inn 2009 (2)
Paul & jane grunt-smith photo by wally pacholka 2004




29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery
6847 Adobe Road
29 Palms, California 92277
Phone: (760) 361-1805
GRETCHEN'S CURRENT SCHEDULE FOR ART CLASSES

SUMMER HOURS:
Monday - Saturday: 9am to 6pm

WINTER HOURS:
Monday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm & Sunday call ahead :)

Call for an Appointment
Email Gretchen:
gretchen9@verizon.net

CALL FOR ARTISTS!
If you are interested in becoming a featured artist of the month,
or exhibiting display case size art (jewelry & small crafts)
Please, contact Gretchen for an application.






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