by Jennifer Boget, Jan Landini, Sue Foster, and Barbara Jewell
Gallery Space of Monroeville Public Library will be hosting an exhibition by local artists Jennifer Boget, Jan Landini, Sue Foster, and Barbara Jewell. This exhibition entitled Connections will feature a refreshing and colorful collection of realistic watercolor paintings. This exhibit will run from September 5- 28, 2015 and is free and open to the public. There will be a free opening reception on Saturday, September 5 from 7-9PM. All are welcome!
Appropriately titled, this show represents the interconnection between the lives of the artists, the artists and their work, and the art with the viewer. Through their highly skilled technical work, the artists' fresh perspectives reach out to the viewer, evoking a spontaneous emotional response.
Each artist is drawn to her subject for a different reason and approaches its rendering with a unique style, but the results share similarities in color, and design. Jan takes full advantage of the transparency and vividness of watercolor. Her paintings sparkle with light and color as in Ella, a sunny afternoon in the park. Jennifer's style has evolved from a love of luminous, joyful color, and a desire to communicate her fascination with nature's intricate designs and light patterns. Glory, Glory, a close-up of autumn leaves, is her expression of a glorious viewing experience. Barbara's focus is on capturing the beauty and newness of the familiar. Her use of color, contrast, texture, and detail invites the viewer to experience a heightened level of appreciation for a variety of subjects which are often seen but which may seldom capture close attention, as in Nature's Launch Pad. Sue embraces diversity in approach and subject matter. Her paintings immerse the viewers in a light show of color and joy of the world around them.
The four friends first met through their involvement in art over a period of years. Sue first met Jennifer in the mid-70ís when she joined the East Suburban Artists' League (ESAL), of which Jennifer was an active member. In the early 80's, Jan and Jennifer first became acquainted at the Monroeville Mall Arts and Crafts Fair, when Jan stopped to admire the watercolors on display in Jennifer's booth. Jan was encouraged to join ESAL, where she first became acquainted with Sue. Sue, Jennifer, and two other artists opened a gallery in Delmont in 1982. When Sue moved out of state, Jan replaced her until the gallery closed in 1989. The three artists have remained close friends ever since.
Barbara was added to the "chain" when she first met Sue (who had moved back to Murrysville) as a result of having visited the Aqueous Open watercolor show; admiring Sue's entry, reading her bio, then writing to her. The two discovered they not only shared a love of watercolor, but that they had both graduated (seven years apart) from Westminster College; had had the same inspiring art professor, and strangely enough, had both attended the same elementary and junior high schools in Cleveland Heights, Ohio! When Barbara retired from teaching in 1999 and was free to pursue her interest in painting, she moved to Murrysville, joined ESAL, and through Sue, met and has become good friends with both Jan and Jennifer. Though Sue has since relocated to the Poconos, the four artists continue to remain closely connected, encouraging and supporting each other in their artistic endeavors, as well as through life's other joys and challenges.
All four artists are members of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and have earned Signature Membership in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Their work has been purchased for both private and corporate collections, and has won numerous awards in many different shows locally, regionally, and beyond.
Gallery Space is open during library hours:
- Monday through Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
- Friday and Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
- Sunday 2 PM - 5 PM (CLOSED - Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Email the Gallery Manager if you have any questions
Note: The Library has occasional public events in Gallery Space. Check the Library's online calendar for any potential conflicts with viewing an exhibition.