is artist of the month
This month the Library gallery is featuring the beautiful paintings of the late Peg Uhlorn, wife of Cletus Uhlorn.
Elizabeth Helen Johnson “ Peg”, a licensed Funeral Director, was born August 18, 1925 in Correll, Minesota.
She met Cletus Uhlorn while he was attending college at the University of Minnesota and married in1950
They returned to Cottonwood in 1951 purchasing the funeral home from Jesse Robertson located where Seubert Insurance is now. In 1955 they built the current Uhlorn Funeral Home. Peg was the manager of the business and did all of the office work for it and the cemetery district along with other business ventures that included the Mode theatre which they owned and operated from 1951 to 1963.
In 1981 Uhlorn Funeral Home was sold to their son Andy Uhlorn.
Peg pursued her interest in art in the 1970’s when she enrolled in the College of St. Gertrudes art class taught by another local artist, Ladd Arnoti. She took advantage of each session for as long as the program continued.
Many of her pictures are decorating the walls of individual homes through out the community as she painted favorite scenes and subjects at the request of the owner. They range from personal portraits, local landscapes and places of interest according to the individual request. Her love of flowers was often captured on canvas as she loved her flower gardens. She could be found clipping pictures from magazines and calendars along with photos taken by family to use as her subject. She captured several scenes on canvas from photos taken while traveling throughout Europe and Hong Kong
Peg preferred oil paints but also experimented with palette knives and pencil sketching and some charcoal.
Peg loved “artsy” things and will be remembered for the many years she shared her talents decorating for the annual Hospital Guild Dinner and Dance, each year making it more beautiful than the last. She was very active in the St. Mary’s Hospital Guild, serving each board position, some more than once.
She and Cletus were District representatives for the Red Cross for several years and were very active in the Red Cross Blood Drives.
They were named Grand Marshals of Buggy Whip Days
They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2000
Their family include six children. John, David, Cathi, Andy, Jane, who passed away in 2001 and Lisa.
Peg passed away January 29, 2006 after battling a rare lung disease for many years.
Her memory will remain throughout this community as her paintings capture the beauty of our surroundings yet reminding us of a beautiful and talented lady. The Library board would like to thank the family for the honor of featuring their Mother as artist of the month.
One of Peg Uhlorn’s paintings that is displayed at the Library.