WHEN: Sunday, March 12
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
Janis Boldenow’s works are full of bold colors, with the white of the paper playing a key role. Though she dabbles in woodcut and mono-type printmaking, watercolor allows her to capture the essence of her subjects outside the box of strict realism. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display through April 20.
Growing up in Ft Wayne, Indiana, Janis showed at an early age her talent for portraiture. Her first subjects were her grandparents, creating mementos for her family. She went on to take art classes in middle and high school leading to enrolling at Valparaiso University with a double major; English and art. After years of teaching both English and art, Janis returned to school earning her RN and for 15 years she was a nurse in the Chicago area.
Throughout those years, her passion remained fine art and she spent her Saturdays taking art classes at the American Academy of Art. Since moving back to Northwest Indiana she has focused on watercolor painting.
Janis’ work is characterized by spontaneous and fresh brushwork. Painting on an easel, she turns the natural dripping of paint into something intentional. “When I paint, I try to be loose and colorful and make use of surprises.”