OBject-, textile-, installation- art and ceramics

My artwork is primarily characterized by:
diversity, curiosity about new things, joy in experimenting!

Several works from my textile, tape, capsule and ceramic series have been awarded national and international prizes.

Since 2015, I have been working increasingly on the topic of sustainability with the materials aluminum coffee capsules, tape, rescue blankets e.g. participation- in the Cologne Climate Week,- in climate symposia of two English universities - at the Dresden "Eat changes the world"- traveling exhibition/ - Artist in Residence: Climate Art Week

2022, the environmental theme continued in various ways:

1- in Venice, parallel in time and space to the Biennale, my large-scaler capsule objects Capsulated Univers participated in the 6th exhibition of the European Cultural Center, ECC, at Palazzo Bembo

2- Construction of 3 "rescue nests of Noah's Ark of the 21st century": e.g. in Cologne's Rheinauhafen, art boat Lady Stahl, see video.


Participatory installation project "Gold rescue nest of Noah's Ark of the 21st century", call for crocheting butterflies.
Construction in
a- Kunsthaus Dreho, 12-14.05.
b- City Church Mönchengladbach, autumn

Gabriela Drees-Holz
Wall of life, 2020
Encapsulated world 2021



CALL for butterfly crochet action “Rescue nest of” “2nd Gold Ark Noa”

I am planning a larger PARTIZIPATIVE INSTALLATION PROJECT. For this I am looking for people who enjoy participating with self-crocheted butterflies, the more colourful and cheerful the better. If desired, all participants will be listed by name as contributors. The first presentation venue will be Kunsthaus Dreho, 12-14 May, the 2nd in the City Church in Mönchengladbach.

MY VISION: With the help of as many people as possible, I would like to install the 21st century Noah’s Ark of Life. In this walk-in nest wrapped in rescue blankets, hundreds of crocheted white flowers will be attached to the ceiling and walls, and countless colourful butterflies will float freely in the space. So visitors can walk around this community art object, look at the countless crochet artworks, smell them, enjoy them, and/or simply let themselves be touched by the total work of art embedded in gold.


Here are a few helping hints:

MATERIAL: Wool, wool, wool. Beads, jewellery, buttons, wire etc. can also be crocheted with. There are no limits to your imagination.

WOOL: pay attention to colour and consistency

THREAD THICKNESS: doesn’t matter, just match the crochet hook.

SIZE: preferably palm-sized, very much “large” to “very large”

LEFT with crochet instructions for simple butterflies:

Other, more complex instructions can also be found, or you can crochet “free will”.

There will be a themed accompanying Art- Exhibition with german (Korschenbroich, Mönchengladbach, Cologne, Essen, Aachen etc.) and international artists (New Zealand, Belgium, Venezuela, Spain).

Background Information – Object entitled “Encapsulated Universe”

The German artist Gabriela Drees-Holz shows an impressive large-format object entitled “Encapsulated Universe” on the environmental theme.

With this aluminum coffee capsule object – as with all her fantastic capsule objects – the artist develops an imaginative and life-affirming alternative use of the capsules, which brings light and shine to any room and puts a smile on the viewer’s face.

The work of art immediately fascinates with its intensely shiny metallic colors and its upwardly curved forms. On closer inspection, what appears to be a stone mosaic on the outside turns out to be a colorful and lively mosaic of countless aluminum coffee capsules folded into blossoms. The inside of the “U” is reminiscent of a silver nest, formed from the used silver bases of the capsules and isolated capsule bands. It is the base, from the center of which five long flower stalks decorated with capsule flowers grow in all directions beyond the “U”. This open arch also hints at the seemingly endless uses of these beautiful capsules. The capsule-tipped arrows grow like flowers in all directions, transporting their colorful imaginative cargo even into the universe. The entire object has a certain fragility, based on the sensitive environmental issue of aluminum production.

The artist loves to work with a variety of materials, techniques and themes, experimenting with new ideas and developing her own techniques.

She has been working with aluminum coffee capsules for 6 years. Drees-Holz emphasizes that she is fascinated by the material, the metallic colors and the different capsule shapes, their easy workability and great durability.

Gabriela Drees-Holz lovingly creates her convincing, imaginative and cheerful works of art with impressive skill, perseverance and patience.

Note on the materials used: The artist has intensively tested the additional materials used for quality and durability. According to the product description, all materials used are water and sun resistant. Due to its fragility, however, the object should be protected from air movement.

Planned exhibitions 2023

1- 12.-14. Mai, Kunsthaus Dreho, “In praise of nature, Liedberg in a butterfly fever”. Presentation of the ” participatory rescue nest Noah´s Ark of the 21st century”

2- Spring exhibition, Blue Rheydter, Art Station, March

3- Rheydt Art Days, September

Expositions in 2022

New York
Art Fair, Participation with textile art

ECC, European Cultural Center, Palazzo Bembo, participation with large-scale capsule work, April-November.

Haffkrug, Baltic Sea, united for peace, international artists: Venezuela, Ukraine, Colombia Germany

Heal the earth, Museum Villa Erkens,  participation with capsule art

BBK, Change, participation with tapeart

Kunsthaus Dreho, international show, encounters – encuentros

BBK „Ver-rückt“, participation with corona-metal-textil-artwork

Artist Group „Blaue Rheydter“ Geneickener Art-Railwaystation

  1. Spring Show participation with different installations
  2. Rheydter art days
  3. Parc-Cours of City of Mönchengladbach

Wassenberg/Roerdalen Kunstroom, in the  Burgfried Castle


Textile- | Tape- | Instalation- Art | Ceramic | Mixed Media |  Characters with Humor

Corona pandemic | Environment | Encapsulated World | Time + Space | Man + Woman  | Music + Art

Aluminum coffee capsules | Tape | Textiles + Wool | Acrylic | Plastic | Lacquer | Wood | Wire | Clay | Metals + Acids | Resin


Tapted World | Encapsulated World | Art during Shutdown | Lost Worlds -Venezuela | Time and Space | Life Threads Installations | PillowArt | Conducting the Senses | Ways of Women

Vita, prices ...

Born 1955 | Studies: German-, Romance- and Geography Studies | Teaching in High School | retired

Part-time art studies: Alanus Academy of Fine Arts

Seit 2012
Foundation and Management of Kunsthaus DREHO,
Korschenbroich – Liedberg

Founding member of various local artist groups

BBK Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (association of visual artists), Sculpture Network,
Gallery representation of outdoor art through, starting June 2022

Aluminum Brakes the World, 2023, 1st Sculpture Prize, Landscape Art Exhibition, Artistspacegalleryonline 

The Wolf in Capsulated Shepskin, 2023, Honorable Mention Award, 6. Animal competition, Art Show International Gallery

Distroyed, dislocated, 2022, Biafarin,  digital exhibition, theme Anti War

Certificate of Artistic Enchievment  2020 +2022, Luxembourg Art Prize

…. and still beautiful …,

  1. 2022 Artavita, Finalist Award, theme: hope
  2. 2021 Biafarin, digital exposition, theme: Women

Capsulated Univers Finalist Prize, Artist of the Year 2021, Artavita

Capsule Cloud, 2021, Finalist Prize, Grey Cube Gallery, 

Beautiful Childhood, 2021, Finalist Certificate, Art Room + Grey Cube Gallery


  1. Artist of the year, World of Arts, 2020
  2. Certificate of Excellence, Art in the time of Coronavirus, Circle Foundation of the Arts, 2020

World in Folds, 2020, 
Third Prize, Gallery Velorose, London, 

Yucatan Greets the World, 2019, Third Prize, Leonardo da Vinci Prize,

Dementia Capselentia, 2019, Best Artist of The Year WOA

Solo exhibition , Carupano, Museo Historico, Lost Worlds 2021, report and film  (Facebook)

University of Huddensfield GB,
“Climate Action and Visual Culture”, with 5 capsule objects, 2021

Queen Mary University of London   
“Aluminium Brakes the World”, 2021

Island2Island, 3. Price, Velorose Gallery

Art Fair 2020

ExpoArtFair 2019

Neuenburg-Zetel, climate artweek 2021 (capsule art)

Artprice Worpswede 2019

Solo Exhibition Time and Space” Maschinenhalle Scherlebeck 2016 (Movie)

Solo Exhibition, Light museum, 2015

Abbey Brauweiler, Artdays Rhein-Sieg,  2016

Solo and group exhibitions

Digital contributions:


Solo exhibition, Carúpano, Museo Historico, Mundos Perdidos, Film Facebook)

University of Huddensfield, GB
“Climate Action and Visual Culture“, with 5 capsule  objects

Queen Mary University of London    
„Aluminium brakes the world“

Grey Cube Gallery
Umwelt, Finalist Certificate

„Woman“ Finalist Certificate

Finalist certificate



Exhibitions worldwide

New York, Artfair, contribution with textile art, 2022


Florenz, Internat. Prize L. Da Vinci, 3 Price 2020
Venedig,The Body Language, Itsliquid 2020


London, Island2Island, 3. Price, Velorose Gallery, 2020

London, Colour Boom, Boomer Gallery, 2020

2020 London, Being Human, Covid-19- Apart but together, Queen Mary University of London

University Huddensfield, digital contribution: Climate Action and Visual Culture 2021

Tynemouth „The life of Plastic“, Dez. 2021


Eindhoven, Art Fair 2020

Amsterdam, ExpoArtFair 2019

Roermond, Galerie Honest-Art 2018

Leeuwaden, Colourfields, Art-Performance 2018

Sittard, Art Fair KunZfetti 2017


Hadersleven u.a., PilgerBilder 2005

Annaberg,  Artists’ symposium + final exhibition 2018

Zürich, Artbox.Project 2021

Barcelona, Artbox.Project 2021


Karlsdorf-Neuthard 2019, „Life is beautiful“

Ulm, Gasthof Temmenhausen 2010, große EA

Glinde Form- A(R)T 2019

Neuenburg-Zetel, climate week 2021 (Capsule Art)
Hannover, art prize Worpswede 2019

Frankenthal, Perron Prize 2019

Rheinland Pfalz
Remagen, Künstlerforum 2018
Unkel, Unkeler Höfe 2016

Dresden „Food changes the world“, Bioplanete 2021


Bad Godesberg
Katharinenhof 2018

Abbey Brauweiler, Rhein-Sieg-art days 2016

Solo Exhebition, Foyer concert hall 2012,
Art Room 2020, 2011

Solo Exhibition, H. Hartmann 2016

Solo Exhibition Time and Space“, Maschinenhalle Scherlebeck 2016

Arthall Lindenthal 2019,
Solo Exhibition, Arthouse Rhenania 2018,
Music shop 2012
Solo Exhibition, Castle Paffendorf 2010

Sparkasse 2011-19,
Annual Kunsthaus Dreho,
Solo Exhibition, KiK-Gallery, cultural station u.a. 2018
Workplace art, every 2 years

Sinneswald 2016

Marler Kunststern 2015, 2016

Solo Exhibition, DIMA Mönchengladbach 2019
Altes Rathaus 2010
Foyer Niederrheintheater 2011
Rheydter artdays since 2010
Marienkirche 2019, 2016, 2011
Bibliothek 2018
Culture night every 2 years

Werner-Jäger-Halle 2015

RomaNEum 2018
Kreishaus 2018
Kunst-Kirche Christ König 2013
Zeughaus 2008, 2009

Pumpwerk 2019
Art hall 2012

2022 BBK „Change“

Solo Exhibition, Light Museum, Museumscafé 2015

City Artcaden 2016


Films for exhibitions

Capsule Art in Kunsthaus Dreho, 2022 (Movie)

Capsule Oevre 2022 (Movie)

Art created during the shutdown 2020 (Movie)

Exhibition TT-Fäden 2017, Kunsthaus Dreho, Korschenbroich/Liedberg (Movie)

Time and space 2016, Maschinenhalle Scherlebeck (Movie)

Time and Space 2015 im Kunsthaus Dreho (Movie), Producer Christoph Mödersheim

Dirigat of senses, City Vision 2012, Portrait

Solo Exhibition

Capsolated objekts 2021  |  Art during the shutdown 2020  |  Coffee-Capsules- Objects 2019+2021  |  Textile wall objects 2015-2019  Time and Space 2015+2016  Sewing needles 2013  Dirigat of senses 2012  |  Paseo del Arte 2011  Art Games 1995-2005

Group Exhibitions
Neuenburg Zetel, Climate Art Week, 2021  Island2Island, Velorose Gallery, London,  2020 Art Eindhoven, „Catalogus  2020“   „Leonardo Da Vinci 3“ Florence, International Price 2020 |  „EuropArtFair Amsterdam“ 2019  „Zeitstrahl“, Savings Banc Korschenbroich, KiK Anniversary Exhibition  2019  Rheydt, Marien Church, Blaue Rheydter, 1- „Heilung-Heilen-Heilig“, Anniversary Exhibition 2019  |  2-„Death and Life“ 2016  |  3- „Breakup“ 2010 Kunsthaus Dreho, TAK 2019  Annaberg Gora, german-polish art exhibition BBK Bonn Rhein-Sieg 2018  „Artdays Rhein-Sieg“ Abbey Brauweiler 2016  CityArtKaden Wuppertal 2016  „Ortswechsel“ KiK, Nettetal  Korschenbroich 2015  „Hoch auf dem Sandstein“ KiK, Liedberg 2013  Siegburg, graduation exhibition art studies Alanus 2012

Internat Artfair Eindhoven Sept. 2020

Kunsthaus Dreho – Inside and outside

The Kunsthaus Dreho in Korschenbroich-Liedberg sees itself as a venue for fine art.

The house and its picturesque garden including a view of Liedberg Castle are a cultural highlight with regular exhibitions featuring german and international artists. Concerts and readings are also part of the permanent repertoire.

Art exhibitions: Exhibitions 1-2 x p.a.
Concerts:  2020 | 2018 | 2016  | 2014  |  2012  „Avant Garten“  |   
2015  Ch. Mödersheim „Zeit und Raum“
Readings: 2017 M. Gerhards  | 2014, 2015, 2016  Korschenbroich reads, R. Mielke  |   2014  A.Tillmanns  |   2013 A. Pasch

Anniversary exhibition – 10 years Art house Dreho

Encuentros – Encounters

6 South American + 6 German artists, 20-22 May.

Mayor Mr. Venten has agreed to come.

Despite Corona…

City, mountain, river – workplace art
Blauer Rheydter: W.Hamacher, W.Knoops, R.Tigges, G.Wosik, D.Michels, G.Drees-Holz (Movie)

Textile, tape, capsule art 
G. Drees-Holz, public fotosession for the book “Art Gardens Grevenbroich”

Despite Corona…

Art during the shutdown
textile-, ceramic- and object works, G. Drees-Holz

Two international group exhibitions:

“Lost Worlds” Venezuela: Lorena Fernandez, Marisela Kurth, Roberto Lampo, Ingo Prall  |  Essen: Dietmar Jäkel, Erkelenz: Beate Bündgen, Köln: Michael Gatzke, Korschenbroich: Gabriela Drees-Holz, Nadine Kugler, Armin Küpper, Gisela Schmachtenberg-Scherlitzki 

“TAK” Exhibition of works from the Artists’ Symposium 2018, Annaberg, Polen  |  Prof. Dr. Damian Pietrek |  Prof. Dr. Zbigniew Furgalinski  |  Dr. Wit Pichurski  |  Iwona Medrala  |  Deutsche: Fero Freymark  |  Ira Grau | Monika Kraft |  Hanna Trampert | Barbara Verhoeven |  Gabriela Drees-Holz

Sonja Kreutzer (Holz)  |  Hilla Baecker (foto)  |  Erika Waldtraud (painting)

Nadine Kugler (Nespresso coffee capsules)  Gary Wieland (painting) G. Drees-Holz (rust objects)

Marianne Bongers-Roes (painting)  Johannes Küßner (wood) 

KiK-artists, 1. advent

Horst Jungbluth (drawings) | Pasquale lo Tufo (wood) 

Dörte Springorum (ceramics) | Gabriela Drees-Holz (textile art) 

Marina Lörwald  (painting) | Rolf Kretschmar (bronze, wood, stone) | Loek Hambeukers (bronze)

Dr. Rainer Lange(foto)  | W. Timmermann (stone) |  Heidrun Mottyll (ceramics)

Christiana Schwarz (painting) | M. Mangold (stone)   

Anette + Lukas Lenzing (sculpture)

Textile Worlds, G. Drees-Holz

Time and space, G. Drees-Holz

Pillow Art, G. Drees-Holz

Opening Exhibition 
Conducting the Senses, G. Drees-Holz 

View of Liedberg Castle from the garden of the Dreho Art House | Below: Impressions from the garden

During the exhibition-free time the Kunsthaus can be rented for overnight stays (2 persons). See Airbnb or direct request by mail (

Availability and more pictures directly at Airbnb.

Approx 40 sqm apartment in the listed Kunsthaus Dreho. Contemporary art on the walls. No neighbor. Own entrance. Free parking space. Garden sharing, gazebo, forest terrace.