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Gretchen Leggitt


Gretchen Leggitt's art explores a diverse range of subject and medium, evidence of her passion for expansive investigations of the creative world. An avid adventurer and traveler, Gretchen's playful subjects are mused by influential places that have caught her eye along the way. Many of her patterns and landscapes are reflections of her roots in the Southwest, along with the cultural and natural influence of her current home in the Pacific Northwest. She resides, recreates and creates in Bellingham, WA, ancestral lands of the Coast Salish People, the Lummi and Nooksack Tribes.
Understanding the importance of creative culture in communities, in addition to the integration of indigenous voices and diversity in the public art domain, Leggitt is the co-founder of Paper Whale Arts and the Noisy Waters Mural Fest. Paper Whale is a non-profit  whose mission is to cultivate community in an evolving program of multi-sensory events to inspire and creatively activate placemaking. They are responsible for many of the public art installations in Bellingham as well as producing Fire & Story, the Noisy Waters Mural Fest and the Indigeversal Collective.

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Bellingham Herald: Local Feature

January, 2021

You may recognize this Bellingham artist’s work from local murals, and now you can carry her Pacific Northwest inspired artwork with you on your water bottle, car and more.

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Bellingham Alive: spotlight and best of the northwest

October, 2020

Featured spotlight article and Leggitt wins "Most Magical Muralist" award in Best of the Northwest Reader's Choice Awards.

My Kona: Gretchen Leggitt

August, 2021

This video explores the parallels between Gretchen Leggitt's art and cycling. 


CRAFT: Mountain Shrines

June, 2020

Craft Magazine takes an in depth look at Gretchen Leggitt's murals, bikes, and life. Article by Lacy Kemp. 

Bike to Bugs

August, 2019

Kona Ambassador Gretchen Leggitt and friend Robin Kodner recently embarked on a massive journey that saw them ride their Sutras stuffed to the hilt with biking, climbing, and camping gear. They rode from Bellingham, Washington to climb in the Bugaboo mountains.
Over the course of a couple weeks, the duo smashed out over 900km of riding, encountered crazy weather, lots of bushwacking, and more adventure than could possibly be explained. With that in mind, Gretchen created this incredible animation to showcase the emotions of the journey.

Original animation by Gretchen Leggitt. This one-take animation was created from one single illustration with no editing and no post-production. It was featured in the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. 


Sutra & the living snow project: Kona Cog

March, 2019

This article and animation by Gretchen Leggitt, combines art and animation to tell the tale of a bike packing adventure driven by snow science.



March, 2019

Muralist Gretchen Leggitt challenges viewers to redefine the spaces they pass every day.

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March, 2019

Kona Ambassador Gretchen Leggitt talks about her philosophies on bike touring and splitboarding. Including her original illustrations.


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November, 2018

Snapshots of a month long biking and climbing journey from Bellingham to the Wind Rivers, captured in watercolor and ink vignettes


Komo News: Encogen Mural

September, 2018

"Largest mural in the state of Washington."

See video of Leggitt creating her 21,800 sq/ft mural.


THE DRIVE Episode 3: Gretchen Leggitt

March, 2018

 In this video from the Nook Collective, Gretchen talks about her lifelong passion for nature, how it's informed her work, and why she believes it's a vital subject to capture.


Teton Gravity Research

September 8th, 2017

"Gretchen Leggitt Rides the Line Between Art and Adventure"
-Online Article about the artist's passions and process.


Patagonia: Denver

July 1, 2017

Endure: Art and Storytelling from the Wild
A solo exhibition of Gretchen Leggitt's pyrography  paired with stories written by athletes from around the world.

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Summer's End Art Festival:
Gallery Pegasus - Bellingham

September 30, 2016

Live painting at Summer's End Art Festival. Leggitt's painting is on display at Gallery Pegasus in Bellingham, WA.

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