Paintings & Drawings by Janet

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The new book "Passion For Peonies"  is available online through www.press.umich.edu  

Two of my peony paintings are published full page in the preface of this gorgeous book. This is a book about Ann Arbor's historic garden: A place of hope and healing.  Kudos to Robert Grese and David Michener for their contributions and love of the peonies and everything creative!  "Still Glorious" below is one of the images printed in the preface of the book. See my "Webstore" to order any size prints or notecards.

I am excited to learn that my pastel "Light Celebration" was juried into the 2019 Great Lakes Pastel Society Members' Exhibit  at Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI. 

This pastel also received the First place award in the 2018 Saginaw Plein Air "Quick Draw" juried competition, Saginaw, MI

I am excited my pastel "Wetland Daffodils" was juried into the Great Lakes Pastel Society Members' Exhibit at South Haven Center for the Arts in South Haven, MI.  Only 49 works were accepted from 143 entries, I'm always happy to get into a show with such exceptional quality. Thank you juror, William Schneider for including my work in this exceptional exhibition! 

I was honored to receive a wonderful Honorable Mention cash gift from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. My pastel painting, "Fresh Autumn" was juried into the 2021 Great Lakes Pastel Society Members' Exhibition held at the J. Petter Gallery, Douglas, MI Sept. 18-Oct. 9, 2021 Barbara Jaenicke was the  juror and judge of awards with 174 pastel paintings submitted by 52 artists, and 47 pieces accepted and created by 38 artists. Available at Mr. Miller's Art Emporium, Douglas, MI



ORIGINALS & CANVAS PRINTS 

Contact: Jskohler@sbcglobal.net  734-223-3606

This beautiful set of four canvas prints* can be purchased for $600.  

Each gallery wrapped canvas panel is 13" x 36" and .75" depth, no frame.  (The images are from four original peony paintings cropped for this format).   


*My images of my paintings can be produced on paper, canvas or metal, let me know if I can ship them to you!  See my "Webstore" tab above for prints and contact me regarding different sizes, prices, and products.


Contact: Jskohler@sbcglobal.net 
to have this set of canvases, 
or any Kohler painting hanging on your wall. 

I’m honored Dancing On Mallory Square was

published in the International Artists Magazine, Dec.-Jan. 2021.  Harley Brown challenged artists to “Think outside your comfort zone and paint a subject you've never painted before”.  This is what I submitted for the “comfort zone” challenge: “Normally I paint rural and peaceful landscapes and shy away from busy cityscapes, but these figures dancing away in the town center intrigued and excited me. I teach figure and drawing and painting . . .  so that shouldn’t be a problem, I thought . . .  but I was competing in a timed plein air competition! Lots of tourists and viewers asked questions, all while I was trying to concentrate and finish the painting. I wanted to capture the essence and movement of the dancers. . .”


I was extremely honored to receive feedback from one of my favorite living legends, Harley Brown, an amazing figurative artist! I always recommended and used Harley Brown’s book: Eternal Truths for Every Artist when I taught figure drawing at the Ann Arbor Art Center. Harley is in his 80’s now and continues to publish “Important Principles of Art” in every issue of the International Artists Magazine.  I've never met Harley, but would absolutely love to meet and work with this exceptionally gifted international legend. This is Harley’s review of my pastel in the International Artists Magazine: “The “essence” is there. The woman adds drama, there is definitely passion brought to this work. The building details contrast with the flair of the landscape, it tells a story.”   

Harley also sent me a personal email:

“I was inspired to have you and your art in my article. It certainly came through to me. I knew the artist who created it has something very special. I see grand things happening in your art world; you have it deep within your spirit and mind and you know where you want to take it with your approach. I say this seriously; art is our life. We live it.
       All my best to you, Janet"
        Harley


Even though I stepped out of my comfort zone (as many artists do when competing in plein air competitions), Dancing on Mallory Square still resonates with me in many ways, it brings me comfort and joy and hopefully it still does for the collector that purchased it at the artists' reception. The best art has a way of stirring the viewer’s emotions and transcending one to another place, hopefully comfort and joy and DANCING! I also received First Place and the People’s Choice Award for this pastel at that show, it was a good day!

I'm thrilled to announce that my pastel, "Basking in the Light", was accepted into the Great Lakes Pastel Society National Exhibit,  at the Holland Area Arts Council in Holland, MI.  Competition was fierce, out of 213 entries, Nancy King Mertz (Nationally acclaimed Chicago artist) Juried in 57 entries.

I was honored at the State of the Arts Exhibition 2017, Saginaw, MI  My pastel: "Reflection" received the Purchase Award from Brown & Brown, Inc. Out of 156 entries 87 were accepted into the exhibit. It's a pleasure to have our work juried into an exhibit and then to receive a cash award, it's an added bonus.    Original: $400