The Volland Store: my show, the art, the people

Thanks to The Volland Store for hosting “River Compositions: Paintings by Lynn Benson” as well as speaker presentations related to water throughout the course of this exhibition, in collaboration with the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University

May 5 — July 15, 2018.

From left, above: Cynthia Barnett, journalist and author of “Rain”; Aileen June Wang, curator, Beach Museum of Art; Lynn Benson, artist. Cynthia spoke at both The Beach and The Volland Store.

From left: Liz Seaton, curator, Beach Museum of Art; Lynn Benson, artist; Patty Reece, visionary director head honcho “store keeper” of this terrific Flint Hills region community gathering space called The Volland Store. She does it with a host of enthusiastic supporters and volunteers!

Curator Aileen June Wang, presented “The Art of Lynn Benson”  while inviting lots of engaging discussion. The first of my paintings that she focused on was Sundarbans (below). The region is at the Bay of Bengal encompassing parts of India and Bangadesh, a fertile mangrove forest, the largest in the world.

My artist talk on opening weekend…Riverpuzzle #2 behind me completed! Below is a detail shot of the above installation. Every curvy edge represents a place where water meets land in our real world.

From left:  San Joaquin, The River Herself, and Diamond Springs, all 2018, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

Untitled (Missouri Headwaters), 2018, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

Prairie creek river (Konza, McDowell Creek, Kaw), 2018, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

To see these and more in person:

The Volland Store is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 5. Located mid-way between Alma and Alta Vista off of Old K-10, in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

…A treasure!

Preparing for “River Compositions by Lynn Benson”

“River Compositions by Lynn Benson” runs from May 5 through July 15, 2018, at The Volland Store, an elegantly restored general store, now an art gallery, community space, and future residency site near Alma, Kansas, a creek and train tracks!

These brick walls are original! You can see where beams supported a prior second floor, now removed so that light from the upper windows soften and expand the space.

After the paintings were hung I began an installation on the big white wall. Scaffolding readied, I covered long tables with my “Fragments,” archival printed imagery which starts as angled detail photos of paintings. I’ve cut the photos along the curvy boundaries where water meets land, creating distinct lines and shapes, all pointing back to real places in the world.

Some Fragments are from previous paintings, some are from photographs of new oil paintings completed for this show.

Riverpuzzle #2 begins. This might be the night that owner Patty Reece and I worked late!

Did I mention that The Volland Store also has a beautiful loft/apartment where you can spend the night?

(“The Loft at The Volland Store”)