By Jane Delcarson
Baileys Harbor resident and artist, Myrna Leigh Cohn will exhibit her abstract paintings at the Unitarian Universalist Gallery during the month of September.
Cohn’s paintings are contemporary reflections of her evolving journey through a typical life. In a statement she made for the press, she explained, “I came late to my true passion. I am, for the most part, a self-taught artist. I thank Frankie Johnson (Main Street Art Gallery, Lake Zurich, IL) for telling me ‘I could’ and then showing me the way.”
“My early works were representational, mostly landscapes. As my confidence, conviction, and comprehension of the internal dynamics of art came together, I began taking ever-greater risks on canvas. Paintings that began as landscapes would evolve into abstract expressions of my emotions.
“I began to paint with palette knives early on. At first, it was just to add texture to works which seemed to me a bit flat. This became another exciting turning point as I discovered that working with a knife afforded me greater freedom than I had experienced with brushes. It seemed I could push my emotions through the knife and onto the canvas. Each stroke with the knife and thick paint had to be intentional and energetic.”
Myrna works mainly with water based oils. She credits “Margaret Lockwood and Emmett Johns for opening up the world of space and showing how to fill it”. She theorizes that abstraction flows from her right brain and her intuitive self. She expresses process and flow through her paintings. She feels that her soul is revealed in her actions.
Gallery hours at the UU Fellowship are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-3 pm, and Sunday from 11 am-12:30 pm.
An artist’s reception will be held on September 19, from 4:30 -7 pm. At 6 pm there will be a dialogue between the artist and whomever is interested on the creative process of transitioning from representational to abstract, classical to jazz, prose to poetry, etc.