Artist to the Rescue of the Glorious Hay Barn

By Eric Olson

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 29, 2010 at 2:43 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewCenter)--Gwen: At first it was like I was the engine pulling the cars trying to get this going. And now the momentum, I’m the engine and the cars are pushing me.

GWEN GUTWEIN’S PASSION IS EVIDENT THROUGHOUT HER FORT WAYNE STUDIO. WHAT BEGAN AS A PAINTING OF AN OLD BARN YEARS AGO HAS BLOSSOMED INTO A CAREER, AND A CRUSADE TO SAVE THESE HISTORICAL RELICS FROM OBLIVION.

Gwen: There’s so much history there with their family with how they were used. What has come and gone, through the barn, through time and all of that has made an impression on that barn.

YEARS AGO GUTWEIN EMBARKED ON A MISSION TO PAINT TWO BARNS FROM EACH OF INDIANA’S 92 COUNTIES, TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THIS UNIQUE HERITAGE AND ENCOURAGE BARN OWNERS, AND THE STATE LEGISLATURE, TO PROTECT IT. HER 2010 ‘BARNS OF INDIANA’ CALENDAR INCLUDES SOME OF HER LATEST WORK…12 BEAUTIFUL INDIANA BARNS, LIKE ALLEN COUNTY’S SALOMON FARM BARN OFF DUPONT ROAD..THAT EXEMPLIFY THE STRENGTH AND NOBILITY OF THESE BUILDINGS. THIS IS THE HAYPRESS BARN ON THE OHIO RIVER IN SWITZERLAND COUNTY WHERE HAY WAS ONCE PRESSED INTO HUGE BALES.

Gwen: The bales were then moved down onto the river onto paddleboats…and sold in New Orleans during the civil war.

NOT EVERY BARN HAS A GLAMOROUS STORY..MOST SIMPLY SERVED THEIR FARM FAMILY’S NEEDS, MAKING THEIR LIVES, AND LIFE IN GENERAL, POSSIBLE HERE IN THE MIDWEST. IT’S ONLY RIGHT THAT WE HONOR THAT SERVICE, AND WITH PEOPLE LIKE GWEN GUTWEIN POINTING THE WAY, PERHAPS FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY THESE ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS AS WE DO.

Gwen: It’s so rewarding to know that I’m taking my talent and doing something back for the community with it. I really feel this is a calling. I couldn’t do anything else. I just couldn’t do anything else.

ERIC OLSON OUT IN YOUR COUNTRY.




What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "Your2Cents” comment.

Want to be in the know for the next weather event, the next school closing or the next big breaking news story?

TextCaster alerts from Indiana's NewsCenter are your defining source for instant information delivered right to your cell phone and email. It's free, easy and instant. Sign-Up Now!

Powered by Summit City Chevrolet



© Copyright 2014, A Granite Broadcasting Station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.