Illustrating the Whimsical with Lynn Gaines

By Tracy Solimeno

College of Performing and Visual Arts

CEDAR CITY–Artist Lynn Gaines will be presenting at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. for the SUU Department of Art & Design’s Art Insights series. An exhibit of her artwork will be on display at SUMA through October 28, 2017. The artist talk and museum are free and open to the public. SUMA is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. SUMA is located at 13 S. 300 West in Cedar City.

Gaines is best known for kid oriented art and illustrations. Her commercial designs are inspired by vintage children’s books along with the colors and shapes of nature. She has recently finished illustrating A Child’s Introduction to African-American History by Jabari Asim which will be released in January 2018.

Gaines says on her blog that, “I like the challenge of making diverse images and I love to illustrate pieces that look like they are stitched.”

Gaines studied illustration and photography at Cleveland Institute of Art, has worked for American Greetings for over 25 years, and is now represented by Painted Word.

Art Insights is hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art & Design faculty. Students and community members meet to experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work and insights.

For more information on Lynn Gaines and her fascinating world of illustration please visit her website at or on Facebook.

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