Allina Gallery (Front Wall)

Paintings by Gwen Chynoweth 

Starting May 19, 2022

Artist Statement: I’m largely a self-taught painter living near Minneapolis, MN. Although I live in a metropolitan area, my heart belongs to the countryside. Having grown up in rural Wisconsin, I find beauty and comfort in tranquil farm scenes and country landscapes.

But when restlessness hijacks me (as it often does), I wind up in places like mountains, deserts or the oceanside.

So, whether it’s the Midwest or a far-flung outpost, it’s nature that calls my name. Through painting, I try to share images that will evoke in others what it does in me — awe, peace, a connection to something larger than myself. And, because humor is among my favorite things, maybe a smile or even a chuckle.

My work is somewhat realistic or representational, but I’m more interested in creating paintings that allow viewers to create their own stories — to make the scene their very own.


Allina Gallery (across from Lab)

Paintings by Barb Pendergrass 

Starting May 11, 2022

Artist Statement: Barb Pendergrass uses sketching as a way to tap into life’s quiet moments. Photographs she has taken on world travels have inspired her to paint flowers, landscapes, and animals. Animals are by far her favorite subject. After retiring in 2010, she began exploring watercolors, acrylics, and oils, and has been learning ever since.  Barb is essentially experimental and self-taught artist supplemented by workshops. She is also a certified Bob Ross instructor in Wildlife.


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.