The Spring Juried Exhibit: March 17 – April 5, 2019
Malletts Creek Branch Library
3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Juror: Jan Brown
A life-long resident of Michigan, Brown began early to show a spark of art talent.She continued throughout her school days furthering this and eventually received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Michigan State University with an emphasis in printmaking. Teaching art in the Wayne-Westland School District was a joy, but due to constant layoffs in the art program, she eventually went into the elementary classroom and enjoyed being artistic in the way she taught.
In 2010 Jan retired after 35 years of teaching and began to explore abstract expressionism. She found she loved creating paintings where she wasn’t limited to just “reproducing” a likeness. Abstraction freed her up to really begin to enjoy expressing emotion through paint.
However, Jan has always found the human figure beautiful and has begun trying to bring the figure and the abstract together. Since February 2015, she has been drawing the figure from live modeling sessions using ink wash on raw canvas. These “drawings” later become the basis of a painting where she uses paint, ink, and raveled string to further work the piece. That journey continues for her.