Paintings & Drawings by Janet

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"Spring Wetlands"

This is just one of my images created on site for the 

"Legacy of the Land Through Art" project, held at the University of Michigan, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI

I was one of 43 artists presenting artworks at two major art exhibitions: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Oct. 12- Nov. 10, 2013 and Sandhill Crane Vineyards, Feb. 1- March 9, 2014. 

This work sold on the online exhibit, as artists, we donate 50% of the sale to the Land Legacy Conservancy and the owner will have a beautiful artwork to enjoy for many years to come. I have another wonderful supportive collector and the Land Legacy Conservancy builds their legacy.

This was an opportunity for buyers to purchase original artwork and know that their purchase will contribute to the Land Legacy Conservancy organization. LLC has helped protect over 4,800 acres in Washtenaw and Jackson Counties, and has a goal of protecting 25,000 acres within the next twenty years. The LLC "preservation" organization remains close to my heart, because I grew up on a 360-acre dairy farm in Washtenaw County and have watched the cities expand into the farmland.  Nature and open space is important for us all; for clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, for relaxation and recreation, for growing fresh healthy food, and more; thus with your purchase, you can own a beautiful original artwork and help LLC reach their goal (LLC is a 501(c)(3) organization). Check the "More" tab, above right for the Land Legacy items.

Janet Kohler received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mi and her MFA from Eastern Michigan University. She teaches figure drawing and painting, color mixing with pastels and Plein-Air painting classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center. She has taught numerous workshops in Pastel & Landscape Painting; Drawing at Washtenaw Community College, Drawing the Figure workshops at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and most recently pastel painting workshops at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Crooked Tree Art Center in Petoskey, MI.  Janet’s pastels and oils have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are included in many corporate and private collections. One of her figure drawings was recently published in "Stroke of Genius 3 -The Best of Drawing-Fresh Perspectives", F&W Media, publishers of American Artist's Magazine. She’s received many honors and awards, an Honorable Mention in the Great Lakes Pastel Society, 1st place in Best Of Michigan Artists & Artisans 2007, published by Kennedy Promotions. Janet exhibits locally with the Ann Arbor Women Painters and the Ann Arbor Area Pastelists, is a Board Director with the Great Lakes Pastel Society and a member of the Michigan Plein Air Painters.

"Neighbors" can be purchased online under the "More" tab above right. 

Demo at Matthaei Botanical Gardens 

Photo by Tony Salemi

"Along the River" 

First Place Winner for the "Quick Draw" event at the first Dexter Plein-Air Paint-out Festival, August 13-17, 2013

Also received the "People's Choice Award" (print's available)

The "Quick Draw" event means, as artists, we get our canvases or paper stamped in the morning and go out and find a spot to paint, start painting by 9:00 a.m. and return the finished product, framed and ready to hang for 

the sale by noon!