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K. L. McKenna wins People's Choice Award at Cowgirl Up! 2015

Exhibition opens at White Pines, Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY

Exhibition opens at the Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY

"WYOMING" in New York City: Recent Paintings from the American West by K.L. McKenna

Nature in Translation: Visions of Flat Rock Brook through Paintings and Photography

Photographs Taken by K.L. McKenna Requested by the Grammy Foundation

K.L. McKenna at the Prince Street Gallery, NY, NY

Adventures with Color

K.L. McKenna Exhibits at Prince Street Gallery, NY, NY

Gallery 501 Features 23 Paintings by K.L. McKenna

Exhibition Opens in Woodstock, NY at the WFG Gallery

Painted Journeys Travels to the Clayton Center for the Arts

Lemurs Take Over the Rubin Museum of Art for a Night

The Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) Exhibits "New West Expressions"

Museum of Northern Arizona Selects K.L. McKenna Oil Painting for Permanent Collection.

The Museum of Northern Arizona Exhibits "Painted Journeys on the Colorado Plateau"

Grand Opening at Visions West Gallery, Denver features K.L. McKenna's work

Museum of Northern Arizona Launches New Artists' Residency Program

The National Arts Club Exhibits Three Woodstock Artists

K.L. McKenna is Featured Artist in Colorado Magazine Online publication

Dwight-Englewood School Honors K.L. McKenna an Distinguished Alumna

The Jewish Federation of Ulster County honors Katharine L. McKenna

US. Ambassadors residence in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso exhibits K.L. Mckenna paintings

Banner of "Wind River Canyon" flies

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Selects Two Paintings by K.L. McKenna for April Episode

U.S. State Department requests paintings by K.L. McKenna

Painting by K.L. McKenna is selected for museum’s permanent collection

Booth Western Art Museum Exhibits Paintings by K.L. McKenna

K.L. McKenna gives lecture at the University of Nebraska, Omaha

Telluride gallery Dolce Jewels features the work of Woodstock artist K.L. McKenna

Documentary filmmaker from Germany films K.L. McKenna

Windham Fine Arts exhibits the work of K.L. McKenna

The Yellowstone Art Museum annual auction supported by K.L. McKenna donation

Big Sky, Montana’s Red Raven Gallery represents artist K.L. McKenna

The Woodstock Guild, Woodstock, NY exhibits work of K.L. McKenna

Senate House shows K.L. McKenna works with the Artists’ Society of Kingston

German galleries exhibit six K.L. McKenna paintings

Woodstock Artists Association chooses K.L. McKenna drawing

Prince Street Gallery, NY, NY selects K.L. McKenna to exhibit



(WICKENBURG, AZ) March 21, 2015 - Painter K. L. McKenna won the People's Choice award at the 10th Annual Cowgirl Up! Exhibition at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, AZ. Each year the museum hosts Cowgirl Up! which exhibits the art of 58 talented women artists of the west. "I am very honored to receive this award from the Desert Caballeros Western Museum and thank the people who voted!"




Inaugural Exhibition at the Walls of White Pines, Byrdcliffe • Katharine L. McKenna: American Painter

(WOODSTOCK, NY) June 13, 2014 - Painter Katharine L. McKenna inaugurates a new summer series of exhibitions at White Pines, the most spectacular of the historical buildings at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, organized by Heather Hutchinson and Byron Bell.  McKenna’s luminous landscape paintings will be the first to enliven the space in the original home of Byrdcliffe founders Ralph and Jane Whitehead, built in 1902. Dubbed the Walls of White Pines, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s new exhibition space allows visitors to engage with contemporary visual art by regional artists while also voyaging back in time to explore the origins of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States.

Born in California and a long-time resident of Woodstock, Katharine L. McKenna divides her time between the Hudson Valley and the American West. Her often large-scale oil paintings, developed according to what she defines as “color-light-spirit technique,” reveal a profound attachment to the quintessential formal and coloristic harmonies of Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona. Monumental rock formations meet flat plains; angular highways cut eerily through landscapes otherwise seemingly uninhabited; high-keyed contrasts of purple and green, orange and blue, surge as seductive lessons in the power of complementaries; endless sky and natural geometries dominate. McKenna’s artistic paragons are evident: Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin in the realms of color and line; Pierre Bonnard in the flattened patterning of her expansive compositions; Georgia O’Keeffe in every way. 

Wavering between the abstract and vividly spatial, McKenna's landscapes such as Rock Creek, WY or On the Road to Sheridan, WY define landscape as landscape, respecting but defying the structured, staged formality of Hudson River painters such as Thomas Cole. Like her Post-Impressionist models, McKenna works in the often vertical, all-over formats of Japanese artists such as Hokusai or Hiroshige. Her signature, a square consisting of schematic initials and the year in which a work was completed, is a tribute to Japanese printmaker stamps. The landscapes comprising Katharine L. McKenna: American Painter reveal her recent conceptual interests in the work of Georgia O'Keeffe, who along with Charles Sheeler and Marsden Hartley was one of the first American painters to adapt 20th-century European modernism to a specifically American idiom. McKenna, as did O'Keeffe, moves between locales in the west and east of the United States: and like O'Keefe, McKenna imbues all her work with the essence of place. McKenna serves as Vice-President of the Arts Society of Kingston (A.S.K.), which she co-founded in 1995.

The exhibition is organized by Heather Hutchison and Byron Bell, a visual artist and architect, respectively, and both long-term members of Byrdcliffe's Exhibition Committee. McKenna will give a talk starting at 4:30 during the reception in White Pines, June 13. In addition to experiencing her lushly colorful landscapes, visitors to the exhibition Katharine L. McKenna: American Painter will be able to explore parts of White Pines, constructed in 1902 as the home of Ralph and Jane Whitehead. Along with Bolton Brown and Hervey White, the Whiteheads founded the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, which has been an enduring site of collaboration for artists, writers, and musicians for the past 112 years. Ralph Whitehead was an acolyte of William Morris, the English designer and theorist who defined the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, which privileges hand-made and individually crafted decorative arts, furniture, and architecture in direct reaction to industrialization. White Pines is the quintessence of that streamlined elegance; its interior consists of exclusively horizontal and vertical forms, the unadorned purity of line of its built-in furniture, grand staircase, and dark wood surfaces reflecting the fundamentally modernist ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement. White Pines, the jewel of Byrdcliffe, is now a summer exhibition space that celebrates the depth of the Whiteheads' dedication to the visual arts.

After the opening of Katharine L. McKenna: American Painter on June 13, a gala fundraising dinner will be held in the beautiful Loom Room at White Pines. Held in honor of McKenna's contributions to the arts and dedication to Byrdcliffe's interdisciplinary vision, all proceeds from this benefit will go towards sustaining the organization's mission as a locus for creative encounters for artists, students, arts professionals, and toward preserving Byrdcliffe's remarkable heritage. For more information about this special event, call Jeremy Adams or Derin Tanyol at 845.679.2079.

Location: The Walls of White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock Dates: June 13 – July 27, 2014 

Gallery hours: Saturdays & Sundays 12-5 pm during run of exhibition; Tuesdays through Friday by appointment

Opening reception: Friday, June 13, 4-6 pm at White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road

Admission: Free




Painted Journeys • In the Spirit of the American West

(CORNING, NY) February 11, 2014 - The Rockwell Museum is opening a new exhibition of paintings by three Woodstock, NY painters in a show called Painted Journeys: In the Spirit of the American West on January 24, 2014. The public is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required by 5:00 p.m. on January 28 and can be made by visiting rockwellmuseum.org.

Three Woodstock, New York, painters - Judy Abbott, K.L. McKenna and Eva van Rijn - were the first artists selected for an artist-in-residence program at the Museum of Northern Arizona in 2007. The trio, who made their home base in the historic residences of Northern Arizona, spent most of their time traveling throughout the region in search of outdoor subjects to paint. The resulting exhibition features a large body of work dedicated to this region.

Abbott's paintings are quiet, almost meditative in their inquiry. McKenna's paintings celebrate the warm color and dynamic structure of the landscape and van Rijn's paintings are rich in subtle color and atmospheric depth. The paintings of these three artists strongly evoke the spirit of the American West.

The three respected New York State artists — the realist Judy Abbott, the expressionist Katharine McKenna, and the symbolist Eva van Rijn — happened to appear together in a group show. There they realized they all had been spending a lifetime of summers capturing the American West in oils. This coincidence inspired them to exhibit together, which made particular sense because their styles are so distinctive.

Painted Journeys: In the Spirit of the American West showcases their artistic interpretation in celebration of the spirit of the land and conveys the artists' contemporary journey in the tradition of the nineteenth century Hudson River Valley artists. 

The Rockwell Museum collection tells the story of the American experience through a display of contemporary Native American art juxtaposed with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. A major strength of the Museum's art collection lies in the quantity, quality, and range of mid-19th-century work. Visitors to The Rockwell Museum will discover that the longstanding migration of Eastern artists westward is alive and well in America. The Museum continues to build this collection by acquisition of more works by the earliest explorer-artists, early portraits of Native Americans, and other documentary works spanning the period from the late 18th century - early 20th century. 




Recent Paintings from the American West by K.L. McKenna

(New York, NY) June 1, 2013 - Prince Street Gallery is pleased to present K.L. McKenna's vivid paintings from Wyoming in her solo exhibition at the gallery.


Where: Prince Street Gallery
When: September 3 - 28, 2013
Reception: Thursday, September 5, 5 - 8 pm

"WYOMING" consists of 18 recent oil paintings by K.L. McKenna, many of which were painted over the past three years on site at the HF Bar Ranch near Sheridan, WY. McKenna's inspiration is rooted in childhood experiences with her paleontologist father, whose expeditions with the Museum of Natural History exposed her to the great state of Wyoming, a territory that represents the concept of wide open spaces, dirt roads and the final frontier.

The artist's landscape paintings of the American West exhibit her unusual sense of color and light. Influenced in part by the Post-Impressionists of the last century, she uses color and light to express the spirit of place in her paintings of Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, S. Dakota, Idaho and Arizona.

K.L. McKenna has exhibited at many Museums, including the Booth Museum of Western Art, the Yellowstone Art Museum, The Museum of Northern Arizona, the Buffalo Bill Cody Historical Center and the Desert Caballeros Museum. Her work is included in museum permanent collections at the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Booth Museum and the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. Her work was also featured on the national television show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." A future exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art called "Painted Journeys • Visions from the American West" in Corning, NY is planned for January through May of 2014.

"My goal is to create indelible paintings that are unique and individual, each with their own personality and expression." K.L. McKenna

Prince Street Gallery is located at 530 West 25th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm
For Further Information: 646-230-0246, www.princestreetgallery.com • www.klmckenna.com




A Fundraising Event for the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Englewood, NJ

(Englewood, NJ) March 1, 2013 - Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is pleased to present "Nature in Translation • Visions of Flat Rock Brook Through Painting and Photography"


"Nature in Translation" consists of 20 oil paintings and 12 black and white photographs of Flat Rock Brook Nature Center. Inspired by black and white photographs taken by K.L. McKenna of the nature center in the 1970's, Sara Harris and K.L. McKenna create a body of work that individualizes their own unique personal interpretation of nature in the photograph. The artists usually do not work from photographs, but wanted to create paintings that would show different approaches toward the same 2 dimensional photographic representation, thereby creating an exact viewpoint from which to draw. "Nature in Translation" depicts different media and viewpoints of the same natural settings. The artists aspire to "translate" the vision from photography to oil painting through each artist's personal language or style of painting.    Inspired by Post Impressionism and Fauvism, Sara Harris and K.L. McKenna are both keenly interested in color, which created challenges for interpretation from black and white photographs.


K.L. McKenna has exhibited at many museums, including the Booth Museum of Western Art, the Yellowstone Art Museum, The Museum of Northern Arizona, the Buffalo Bill Cody Historical Center and the Desert Caballeros Museum. A future exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art called "Painted Journeys • Visions from the American West" in Corning, NY is planned for January through May of 2014. Raised in Washington, D.C., Sara Harris's love for the art began early. She was accepted at the Corcoran Museum School and continued her studies at Pratt Institute and the Arts Student League in New York City. Harris had had a number of solo and group gallery exhibitions. Her work is in many private and corporate collections.


Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is located at 443 Van Nostrand Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631 Hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 p.m Weekends 1:00 -5:00 PM. For Further Information: 201-567-1265, www.flatrockbrook.orgwww.klmckenna.comwww.saraharrisgallery.com