Glass Castles by Lauren Kuhn

Lauren Kuhn

Lauren Kuhn manages a studio as a resident and teaching artist at the Banana Factory Arts Center where she specializes in custom, commissioned oil paintings
and large-scale acrylic paintings. She also teaches painting courses in acrylics and water-soluble oils, and hosts various art workshops at the ArtsQuest Center
in Bethlehem. In 2021, Lauren’s work was accepted by the Wayne County Art Alliance to be featured in the Great Wall of Honesdale project for the 2021-2022 year, and she was also twice selected to show Art of the State Show at the State Museum in Harrisburg. In 2022, two of her pieces were featured at Berks Art Alliance’s Annual Juried Show at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, and in 2023 – as a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts – she led 60 Elementary students through a 10-week residency by designing and painting a 20’ interior mural for the school.

Outside of her conventional studio work, Lauren enjoys doing ‘out of the box’ community projects: she was chosen by the Souderton Connects Beautification Committee as their featured artist for the 2023 Art Banners Program and was also named a participating artist in 2024’s “Paint The Town, Hawley” art banners program. As the former Vice President of the Emmaus Arts Commission, Lauren continues to actively volunteer with the commission; under her 5-year leadership of the Paint-A-Hydrant Program (a program developed in partnership with the Emmaus Fire Department) Lauren oversaw the painting of nearly 100 hydrants, in which the hydrants were upgraded with artful and inspiring designs throughout the community. She regularly displays her paintings in national juried shows, paints murals in local businesses and private homes, and is always seeking more opportunities to use her art to help those in her community. She is currently looking forward to vendoring at Allentown’s Art In The Park fair in September of 2024 as a juried ‘Hors Concours’ artist vendor, and to her participation in a juried silent auction vendor to benefit the CARE Center at the Penn State Cancer Institute.

Glass Castles – painting  30×30  acrylic on canvas

I painted “Glass Castles” as part of a collection of 20 glass-oriented still life paintings I was developing for an April solo show in Scranton, PA, at ArtWorks Gallery and Studio. I named the painting “Glass Castles” after one of my favorite books: Glass Castle by Jeannette Wall. (Similarly, my solo show “Heart of Glass,” was named after a Blondie song. I certainly find inspiration by my environment.) I enjoy depicting glass as a still-life subject because of how light passes through its indentations and forms, creating new shapes and colors via reflection and refraction. I am not a subtle painter and don’t prefer to paint “implied” subjects; I prefer clean lines, over-saturated color, and high contrast subjects. I’m a former graphic designer, and I feel like a lot of what I used to employ in a digital medium comes through in my painting style.

“Glass Castles”

original painting