I am sad to report that Gwendolyn Huneck, Stephen Huneck's widow, died on Sunday. She was a fierce advocate for Stephen's legacy and for keeping Dog Mountain, their Vermont gallery and sanctuary, open to the public after he committed suicide.
The gallery stated, “Gwen became a beacon for people who had lost loved ones and pets and we think she absorbed a lot of that emotion and she may have had difficulty in releasing it.”
Condolences are coming in from all over on the memorial Facebook page.
On a personal note, Dog Mountain Gallery had recently started advertising on Dog Art Today. I was honored to hear that Gwen had read my blog and liked its message. It was bittersweet to go through Stephen's work and pick which one to use for an ad. Flowers and Butterflies (above) was one of my favorites. And, I was surprised that there were pieces I hadn't seen before. Gallery manager, Kim Daggett, said that they keep discovering new works to share. I hope that those works can sustain Dog Mountain and bring comfort to the Hunecks' friends and family during this heartbreaking time. Rest in peace.
6.6.13 update: The Vermont State Police report Gwen took her own life by intentionally burning charcoal inside. She died of carbon monoxide poisoning.