Since November 2009 the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, has been featuring one-person exhibitions in its Artists Gallery. The featured artist for November is Christine Myhr who will exhibit 40 watercolors and small oil paintings.
Myhr, who has lived in rural Gays Mills for the past twenty years, graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1987. While a student she spent a year studying at the Marchutz School of Drawing and Painting in Aix-en-Provence, France. There she learned to paint with oils and watercolors, working with still life, models, and landscapes. She spent another year after graduation studying at the Marchutz School, visiting the Paris museums and, as she describes it, “being immersed in the light, color and beauty of Provence.”
She is part of a community of local painters in the Driftless area who gather regularly to paint out doors. “The Driftless region is an ideal place to paint on site with the rolling hills and beautiful countryside to inspire creativity,” Myhr said. She continues learning and growing as an artist and has taken workshops at Full Circle Retreat and Two Paint Studio with Viroqua artists Kathie Wheeler and Ken DeWaard.
The exhibit opens with a reception hosted by the Crawford County Arts Committee. The reception, from 4 – 6 p.m. on November 15, at the Crawford County Administration Building, 225 North Beaumont Road Prairie du Chien, is free and open to the public, Visitors can view the exhibit, November 15 through February 7, 2013, during regular hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Administration Building is accessible from the ground level at the rear of the building with an elevator to the 2nd floor. For additional information, contact Gayle Patraw, Director of the Art Committee, at 608-326-0299 or Gayle.Patraw@da.wi.gov.
Myhr also has work on exhibit at the Arts Collective of Gays Mills Gallery in the Mercantile Building, Suite 107, 120 Sunset Drive, Gays Mills. Current hours there are Thursday - Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.