Allina Gallery (across from Lab)
On the Road From Henderson Hill
Oil Paintings by Gwen Chynoweth
Through April 30, 2020
A Wisconsin native who calls Minnesota home, Gwen Chynoweth recently retired from a 35-year career in journalism and public relations to pursue painting, a passion she’s had since childhood. Gwen’s inspiration comes from immersing herself in the natural wonders of the outdoors.
Among the many subjects that intrigue her, Gwen is particularly drawn to rural scenes that remind her of home. “On the Road From Henderson Hill” is the result of two photo safari road trips through southwestern Minnesota and the Platte River valley in Nebraska, where the quiet beauty of subtle landscapes invites visitors to breathe deeply and reconnect to life’s basics.
Largely self-taught and working mostly in oils, Gwen enjoys playing with styles and techniques to simply see what happens. “Sometimes, I start with an idea and end up with something completely different than my initial intention. I love how a painting can take on a life of its own and teach me new things.” She is currently exploring the use of painting knives. “I love how they enable you to apply thick, thick paint to practically sculpt your subjects in a moderately abstract fashion.”
Allina Whole Person Gallery (downstairs)
The simplicity and gentleness of sheep’s wool in its natural color is a soothing and clean contrast to the bright colors of wool roving that I often use to make felt. I was inspired to create a series of felted wall hangings using only naturally colored wool embellished with the subtle tones of other fibers, materials and plant dyes found in nature.
Each piece uses these embellishments and surface design elements rather than bright colors to add form and interest. Although I suspect I’ll always be drawn to color in my work, working on these pieces brought me a sense of purity and peace while simultaneously giving me an opportunity to rely on textures and shapes within a limited range of natural colors.