The Heritage Barns of Indiana Project is an on-going painting project which focuses on our dwindling heritage of early Indiana barns. The artist, Gwen Gutwein, a Barn Alliance member and owner of
a fine art studio/gallery in Fort Wayne, started this huge and important project in 2004. She is striving to do paintings of at least two old and/or historic barns from each of Indiana’s 92 counties. Along with the paintings, Gwen collects the barn’s distinctive history. To date, she has completed over 110 out of the expected goal of 184 paintings.
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art sponsored the traveling exhibit: First Fifty, Heritage Barns of Indiana. They took Gwen’s first 50 completed paintings and their histories and put them on tour throughout Indiana. The exhibit has cataloged over 168,000 viewers! The painting tour is coming to a close this year after over three years of traveling. The first fifty paintings will be available for purchase after the tour is completed. The next group of 50 paintings will be available for exhibit soon.
Inspiration for the Barns of Indiana project sprang out of Gwen’s desire to focus attention on the beauty and demise of our barns. The world zooms past the old barns, without a glance. As the seasons pass into years the barns from earlier centuries quietly bow their heads, close their eyes and vanish. Indiana has a treasure, our barns. Venture into any old barn and you will be amazed at the building materials used, the unique designs and the quality of construction. They reflect the diversity, ingenuity and integrity of our ancestors and are chocked full of rich history…a treasure to behold…an Indiana treasure.
Since 2008 Gwen has published a calendar with a barn painting featured on each month. The calendars also include each barn’s rich history. The 2013
calendar is nearly complete with extensive information on a working hay press barn. The calendars sell for $16.00. Visit Gwen’s web site for details.