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Kris Grenier: And So We Are Found

Presented by Sharonville Cultural Arts Center at Sharonville Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati OH

Sep 08 - 30 2023
Kris Grenier: And So We Are Found

Artist and Adventurer Kris Grenier brings her wool-felted creations and tales of her travels to the Westheimer Gallery September 8-30

The Westheimer Gallery is thrilled to present Kris Grenier and her solo show And So We Are Found for our September 2023 Exhibition.

And So We Are Found runs September 8 – 30, 2023, open Thursdays and Fridays 3-7PM, Saturdays 10AM – 2PM, or by appointment.

As a backpacker and ultramarathoner, Kris Grenier explores the world on foot. Her travels have taken her from the hills of Georgia to the peaks of New England and from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, the top of the contiguous United States. After returning home to her family’s small farm in central Kentucky, Grenier records her memories in two-dimensional wool feltings to share with others the wild places she loves. Grenier has enjoyed the opportunity to share her art and passion for public lands at regional art shows, where her award-winning work has been praised for its originality and authenticity.

ABOUT THE SHOW:  The American West of our collective national imagination is rivaled only in size and grandeur by the West itself. From the essays of John Muir to the photographs of Ansel Adams, 19th and 20th century writers and artists explored the rugged landscapes of the West and shared their impressions with the public, inviting new Americans to view with awe mountains, rivers, and canyons that indigenous peoples have lived and worshipped in for millennia.

This collection of feltings seeks not only to continue that tradition but also to offer a response to a quote by writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams, who declared,

If the desert is holy, it is because it is a forgotten place that allows us to remember the sacred. Perhaps that is why every pilgrimage to the desert is a pilgrimage to the self. There is no place to hide and so we are found.”

In the high deserts of the West, there are no dark recesses in the harsh mid-day light. There are no sheltering trees to block the sun or break the wind. One is exposed and opened, ground by the sand and smoothed by the wind—as I’ve learned while hiking alone in the vast western backcountry.

While I’m most at home in the verdant Appalachian woods, I’ve backpacked thousands of miles along the Pacific Crest, Colorado, and Arizona Trails. These hikes have been characterized by long water carries between questionable water sources, mid-day naps in scant patches of shade, hours of roaring wind—and panoramic landscapes so expansive I felt as though my eyes couldn’t open wide enough to take them all in.

And So We Are Found celebrates the majesty of the West, the introspection that pilgrimages there have inspired in me, and the endurance of the diverse and multi-faceted West as a national symbol.     -Kris Grenier


Free Admission

To schedule an appointment outside of public Gallery hours, please e-mail us at

Contact: (513) 554-1014


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Additional time info:

FIRST FRIDAY Opening Reception Friday September 8, 2023 (closed Sept 1-2 for Labor Day Weekend).

5:30 - 7:30PM

Free and open to the Public

Special thanks to this month's First Friday event sponsor, The Bachman Family!

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Sharonville Cultural Arts Center

11165 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241

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PARKING: Parking is available in the SCAC lot at the corner of Reading Rd and Walnut St, on our building's south side.  Additional free public parking is available in City of Sharonville lots, located around the corner on Walnut behind Cliff Hardware, as well as behind PNC Bank at Reading Rd and Creek Rd.

DIRECTIONS:  From I-275: Take exit 46 to Lebanon Rd (US-42). Head south on US 42. Stay to the right on Reading Road. Turn right at Walnut Street.
From I-75:  Take exit 15 to head east on Sharon Road. Follow to the left onto Main Street (one-way).  Turn left on Walnut Street.

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