Arboretum’s Steinhauer Trust Gallery features Oils and Watercolors by Cynthia Quinn

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010

“PATHWAYS: Discovering Madison’s Arboretum” will be on exhibit from July 1 through August 29.

The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Sunday, July 11 from 1-3 p.m.

Using oils and watercolors, Madison artist Cynthia Quinn has captured stunning views, interesting plant groupings and animals in their habitat while exploring Arboretum trails.

“Creating the paintings for this show has been an exciting process for me,” says Quinn. “I have been fortunate enough to walk frequently through all the areas of the Arboretum in the last year, observing places, plants and animals. Each visit has increased my respect for this place, in every season.”

“As a long-term Madison resident, I remember visiting the Arboretum with my parents and sister as I was growing up. As an adult, I have a deepening appreciation for the importance of preserving natural habitats and all creatures found there.”

In preparation for this exhibit, Quinn walked Arboretum paths until finding a stunning view or interesting plant grouping or animal in its habitat.

“I set up my easel there to paint, and make notations in my journal about the day and what I experienced while painting,” Quinn explains. “If time was short or weather was an issue, I also spent time walking and making preliminary sketches, along with photographing my subjects to paint later.”

“In viewing this show, I hope each person will find paintings that resonate, depicting favorite places and creatures,” Quinn concluded. “Having the Arboretum readily accessible in the heart of Madison enriches our community, along with all the other preserved spaces throughout Wisconsin.”

Located in the Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, the Steinhauer Gallery is open during regular Visitor Center hours – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4 p.m. weekends.

The gallery has a two-fold purpose-to celebrate Wisconsin’s natural heritage and the human connection to the land through the visual arts, and to showcase the creativity and talent of artists who draw their inspiration from nature. Most items on exhibit are for sale. Those interested in purchasing are asked to contact the artist. Profits from sales support Arboretum projects.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.