Barn heritage depicted in art exhibit

I felt it necessary to put in a plug for an art exhibit at Midwest Museum of American Art, 429 S. Main St., Elkhart in the downtown area. Gwen Gutwein, an artist based in Fort Wayne, has done a remarkable job with paintings of old farm barns in Indiana. She grew up on a farm in northwest Indiana and realized many of the older barns were fading from the rural landscape. She has a goal of painting at least two barns in each county in the state. Thus far, she has done a wonderful job not only painting, but researching the history of the barns, some of which are easily more than 100 or even 150 years old. Hours for the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with free admission Sunday. Call (574) 293-6660 for more information or go online to A good portion of Indiana’s history is agriculture related and her paintings give an excellent feel of that heritage.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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