Gwen Molnar's Career as a Painter
Gwen's paintings use both traditional methods of applying paint to canvas and computer-assisted techniques. A number of them were included in juried shows in southern Minnesota, and state-wide in 1974. In 1983 she attended the Emma Lake Workshop, and that year had a one-person show at Edmonton's Graphica Gallery. Later, Gwen's paintings were shown at the Vik Gallery and Kathleen Laverty Gallery, in Edmonton, and the Cambrian Rose gallery, in Ottawa. In 1985 the Sales and Rental Gallery of the Edmonton Art Gallery included her work in its inventory, and she has donated paintings to Latitude 53 Gallery in support of their fundraising activities. Except for a large series of almost abstract landscapes, both small and large, Gwen's work has been nonrepresentational. She has also produced drawings and is an accomplished printmaker.
A recent book of her poems, Just Because, reproduces one of her digital paintings on the cover.
Selected Public and Private Collections
Gwen's paintings have hung in several prominent locations, including buildings of the Government of Alberta (the Legislature, Public Works, Housing), Athabasca University, the Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, in corporate locales (Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, BANAC, Allied Medical Group, Edmonton) and in many private settings.