Jan Myers,   PSA

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Artist's Statement

A painter for over 40 years, Jan travels throughout the Southwest and other regions photographing and sketching for several weeks at a time. “I’m not really an outdoor painter. Nature can be exciting – like a glorious sunset – but usually enhancement is needed. If I emphasize color and contrast, there’s an excitement the viewer feels. If I’m going for a more tranquil, healing, spiritual sort of landscape, the color choices are much different. It’s amazing how much I always need to simplify a scene, leaving a lot out, in order to convey a focused, powerful message; even if it is a peaceful message.”

Evening Rain, Chama Valley “Soft Pastels (not Oil Pastels) are a very expressive medium. Working on a soft white Stonehenge printmakers’ paper I use my hands to blend large washy areas then add detail on top of these. I like to contrast bold scribbling strokes with softly blended areas. A painting is never finished in one session. I come back to each painting at least ten times. Unfinished paintings are stacked on a shelf with glassine between each one. There are always about 60 unfinished paintings in the stack. My thinking and mood each morning dictate my work for the day.”

Jan is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and participates regularly in many juried national exhibits.


Jan's Biography

Career Highlights:
2006 Director of the Arvada Art Studio Tour
2005 “Dark Lagoon, 4” was chosen as the print for the Rocky Mountain Public Television 2005 Art Auction. See “Newsletter” for details.
Chicago Architecture Foundation: Art Auction
Arvada Art Studio Tour, September, Arvada, Colorado
2004 Sangre de Cristo Arts Center: One woman exhibit November – February 2005, Pueblo, Colorado
Colorado Arts Festival, juried, participation since 1999, Denver, Colorado
Pastel Society of Colorado, Juried; Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, Englewood, Colorado
Arvada Art Studio Tour, September, Arvada, Colorado
2003 Colorado Art Open 2003, Juried; Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado
Arvada Art Studio Tour, September, Arvada, Colorado
2002 Pastel Society of the West Coast, Juried, Modesto, California
2000 Pastel Society of America 28th Annual exhibit, New York, New York
Pastel Society of the West Coast juried exhibit, Sacramento, California
TV promotion for Rocky Mountain PBS Art Auction, shown for the Art Auction

Annual events:
Past Career Highlights: Publications:
Corporate and Public Collections:
Adam’s Mark Hotel, Denver MBNA bank, Dallas, Texas
Cascade Hotel, Vail U S Bank, Denver
Colorado Housing Finance Authority, Denver Wells Fargo Bank, Denver
Colorado State Patrol Bldg., Golden, Colorado Pepsi Corporation, Denver
Colorado School of Mines Colorado State Services Building, Denver
Kaiser Permanente, Westminster Kirkland and Ellis, Chicago
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park Hanifen Imhoff Inc, Denver

Events

Arvada Art Studio Tour September 20 and 21, 2008
Hours for Saturday and Sunday are from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day
My Studio, 8309 Benton Way, Arvada, Colorado

Each year the Arvada Art Studio Tour grows another leap and becomes better and better. This is my 7th year of participation. As one of the charter members I carry on the tradition through planning and organizing as well as exhibiting. We’ve had a great team of volunteers this year. The variety and quality of artwork of all the artists is well worth seeing.

At my home studio, everything will be displayed throughout our home: unframed sketches, new handsomely framed paintings, old work at reduced prices, prints, everything. In the actual studio all my pastels are laid out next to the work table. Visitors have a chance for a leisurely walk through; they can ask questions, see a short demo on how I work with the pastels and try a hand at it themselves.

Please see the Tour web site for additional information and maps
      www.arvadaartstudiotour.org

Contact the Artist

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Or call the studio at:   (303) 428-7394

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