UU Gallery Features Abstracts

“Your Choice” by Myrna Leigh Cohn.

Baileys Harbor resident and artist Myrna Leigh Cohn will exhibit her abstract paintings at the Unitarian Universalist Gallery throughout September.

Cohn’s paintings are contemporary reflections of her evolving journey through life.

Cohn shares, “My early works were representational, mostly landscapes. As my confidence, conviction and comprehension of the internal dynamics of art came together, I began taking ever-greater risks on canvas. Paintings that began as landscapes would evolve into abstract expressions of my emotions.”

“I began to paint with palette knives early on. At first, it was just to add texture to works, which seemed to me, a bit flat. This became another exciting turning point as I discovered that working with a knife afforded me greater freedom than I had experienced with brushes. It seemed I could push my emotions through the knife and onto the canvas. Each stroke with the knife and thick paint had to be intentional and energetic.”

Cohn works with water-based oils; and she credits “Margaret Lockwood and Emmett Johns for opening up the world of space and showing how to fill it.”

UU Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 – 3 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.

The UU Gallery is located at 10341 Highway 42, just south of the Green Gable shops, Ephraim. For more information visit