, Muskogee, OK

January 11, 2013

Painter back at her old stand

Local artist resumes work after lengthy sabbatical

By Travis Sloat
Phoenix Correspondent

— Gwyn LaCrone said it took retirement to get her painting again, and she’s very glad she did.

“I started painting in 1974,” LaCrone said. “My family lived in Pawhuska, and the beautiful color of the leaves in the trees inspired me. I was also in interior design at the time, so it all worked together.”

LaCrone’s work will be displayed through February at the Muskogee Art Guild, 315 Court St. The Guild also will have a reception for her from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Guests can meet LaCrone and discuss her work. They’ll also have the opportunity to buy her paintings.

LaCrone painted for 15 years before she became the director for Women in Safe Homes, forcing her to take an 18-year sabbatical from her artwork. With one exception: One of her paintings was chosen as the logo for the Oklahoma Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. After she retired from WISH, she picked right up where she left off.

She has been a member of the Muskogee Art Guild for years, and her artwork has won several awards, including being chosen for the “Art in the Park” posters for the past two years.

LaCrone will be the Guild’s featured artist for January and February. Her paintings, ranging from fruit and vegetables to people and livestock, cover the back wall.

LaCrone said her painting process starts with her picking up an idea.

“I like to reproduce photographs,” she said. “Then I usually struggle with color and composition. I love color, and sometimes I think I use too much. I like variety, and I don’t stick with any one thing for too long. I like painting flowers the most, though.”

LaCrone has a special way of signing her paintings as well.

“I always put a cross in my paintings,” she said. “Sometimes they can be a bit hard to find, so I just starting signing my paintings with a cross. To me, it signifies me praising God for the talent he’s given me. I think God gives us all some sort of talent, and it’s up to us to expand on that.”

She also wants to make Muskogee more aware of the artistry and talent within the community.

“I love the Guild,” LaCrone said. “If anyone has any desire to make art of any kind, I want them to come join us here.”

If you go

WHAT: Fine arts gallery featuring local artist Gwyn LaCrone.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through February.

WHERE: Muskogee Art Guild, 315 Court St.

INFORMATION: (918) 683-4200.

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WHAT: Reception for local artist Gwyn LaCrone.

WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 19.

WHERE: Muskogee Art Guild, 315 Court St.

INFORMATION: (918) 683-4200.