Mary Guntzviller

A graduate of Wayne State University, with a Bachelor degree in Fine Art, Mary has spent her life successfully painting in various mediums. Primarily known for her work in transparent watercolor, her subjects vary from structures, still life or the surrounding scenery, to the bizarre; such as dreams and emotional issues. She also expresses herself through textile and sculpture

Since 1993, Mary has taught adults and children. Her teaching goals are to help others to develop their own visual skills and increase their self-awareness while building their confidence. Whether working with students Plein-air or in a studio setting, her sense of humor and relaxed demeanor generates the kind of critique that frees a student to safely soar with their own creativity and style.


ArtRapids Fine Art Fair, held in Veterans’ Memorial Park, Elk Rapids, MI
Sponsored by Art Rapids!, Elk Rapids, MI

Outdoor Fine Art Fair, held on the Northern Michigan College Campus grounds, Traverse City, MI
Sponsored by Crooked Tree Art Center, Traverse City, MI

Outdoor Fine Art Fair, held on the Northern Michigan College Campus grounds, Traverse City, MI
Sponsored by Crooked Tree Art Center, Traverse City, MI

Scholarship High School Art Awards
Sponsored by Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan, MI


  • Alden, MI – Weekly Watercolor Class (Indoors and Plein-air [seasonal])
  • Artcenter, Traverse City, MI – Life Drawing & Watercolor workshops
  • Battle Creek, MI – Watercolor Workshop
  • Cincinnati, OH – Watercolor Workshop
  • Cordia Living, Traverse City, MI – Weekly Acrylic
  • Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI – Life Drawing workshop
  • Glen Arbor Art Center, Glen Arbor, MI – Life Drawing/portrait workshop; Acrylic; Watercolor;
  • Kettunen Center, Tustin, MI
  • Lansing Art Center – Watercolor Demo, Slides & Lecture
  • Mackinac Island, MI – Plein-air watercolor workshop & Critique/painting watercolor workshop
  • Pine Hill Nursery, Eastport, Mi
  • St John U.S. Virgin Island; Watercolor workshop

Continued Education

  • Figure in the LandscapeInstructor: Don Andrews
  • Abstract Figure & CollageInstructor: Bob Burridge
  • Design; Painting Fabric Surfaces & Art Quilt WorkshopInstructor: Desi Vaughn
  • Canvas/Surface PreparationInstructor: Charles Murphy
  • Chinese Watercolor WorkshopInstructor: Lien Zhen
  • All Media WorkshopInstructor: Clayton Beck III
  • Experimental Watercolor WorkshopInstructor: Mary Anne Beckwith
  • Watercolor WorkshopInstructor: Joe Fettingis
  • Pastel Portrait ClassInstructor: Rinaldo Minervini
  • Watercolor WorkshopInstructor: Irving Shapiro
  • “Figure on Saturday”- Life DrawingInstructor: Group, no instructor
  • “Monday’s” – Life DrawingInstructor: Proctor, no instructor
  • Watercolor WorkshopInstructor: Charles Murphy
  • Weekly on site Workshops Instructor: Chuck Forman


Battle Creek, MI – Watercolor Demo, Slides & Lecture
Sponsored by Southwest Michigan Watercolor Society

South Haven, MI – Watercolor Demo, Slides & Lecture
Sponsored by South Haven Center for the Arts

Pastel, graphite, watercolor, and 3’x4’ canvases with acrylic
Hired & Sponsored By: Traverse City’s Friday Night Live Festival

Watercolor Demo
Hired & Sponsored By: Heritage Festival, Alden, MI

Watercolor Demo
Hired & Sponsored By: Downtown Art Walk; Traverse City, MI

3’x4′ canvas with acrylics
Hired & Sponsored By: Michigan Municipal League Special Event

Larger Work

  • Murals on Glass (11’ x 4’ to 11’ x 60’) – Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI
  • Murals on Glass (6’ x 15’) – Kilwin’s Chocolate Shoppe, Traverse City, MI
  • Murals on Glass (8’ x 20’) – Harborwear Clothing Stores, Traverse City and Elk Rapids, MI
  • Mural on Hardwood Panels (4’ x 16’) – Bellaire Library, children’s section, Bellaire, MI
  • Mural on Drywall (16’ x 50’) – St Luke’s Catholic Church, Bellaire, MI
  • Fiberglass Fish Form (5’ x 4’) – Petoskey Red Cross Fundraiser “The Great Northern Fish-in”
    Sponsored By:
    1. Iridescent stained glass, automobile glitter, and paint applied to surface
    2. 3-D and relief sculpture applied to surface

Commercial Art Work

  • Medical Illustration
  • Blueprint Key Lining
  • Brochures
  • Architectural décor for Condominium complex
  • Restoration of antique Italian Nativity Set: Plaster, nineteen 24” statues
  • Restoration of antique Italian Crucifix; Carved wood Corpus of Christ (10’ crucifix)