Second Place Winner in the professional category at the 7th Annual Dexter Plein-Air Paint-out Festival, juried by Greg LaRock, professional oil painter from California.
"Basking in the Light"
was accepted into the 2018 Great Lakes Pastel Society National Show. Thank you to Nancy King Mertz, juror for selecting and awarding my pastel an Honorable Mention.
I met Nastassia, from the Belarusian Gardens, while working in the Arboretum creating this work, what a pleasure to speak with her! This will be my third artwork entered into an international collection!
Janet Kohler received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mi and her MFA from Eastern Michigan University. She currently teaches Exploring Pastels at the Visual Arts Association of Livonia and every summer at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has taught numerous classes and workshops in Pastel & Landscape Painting; Figure Drawing & Painting at The Ann Arbor Art Center and Drawing at Washtenaw Community College, and Drawing the Figure workshops at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Janet’s pastels and oils have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are included in many corporate and private collections.
The above pastel, "Tranquility", was published in "Stroke of Genius 6-Value:Lights & Darks", F&W Media, publishers of American Artist's Magazine. Janet has received many honors and awards and exhibits locally with the Huron River Art Collective (Ann Arbor Women Painters) and the Ann Arbor Area Pastelists, is a Board Director and Secretary for the Great Lakes Pastel Society and a member of the Michigan Plein Air Painters. Represented by Mr. Miller's Art Emporium, 48 Center Street, Douglas, MI 49406 (an "artist" haven across the street from Saugatuck, MI)