Why an art gallery?
I have been working with various forms of art since I was in high school, starting with photography taught by Mr. Greenwood. He was a patient man who worked with a lot of students who didn't always deserve his kind words of encouragement. It was one of the few things I really liked doing and it gave me a sense of purpose when I really didn't know what I was doing or going to do. Eventually I went to community college and then art school at The University of Iowa. I loved Iowa City. The people and the atmosphere really motivated me to learn more. I was always showing my work in school galleries and coffee shops. I just liked the feedback. Viewers would ask how or why I created a piece and we would talk. Not everyone liked my work, and that was okay. My teachers taught us to make art with our stories. Most of the time the idea was emphasized over technique. I'm sure that could be debated but it made us think.
So it's been more than 20 years since I went to art school, and I still enjoying looking at artwork, both mine and others'. It surprises me when I see bare walls in people's houses. If you find a piece you love it can add so much to your life. Just a little bit of hope, beauty, surprise....I'm happy when I walk in my house and see strange drawings and figures. I think back to how I acquired each piece; each has it's own story.
You may not walk away with the awe I feel when I see a piece that strikes me, but you never know - you might grab a moment of inspiration.
Janet (on right) taking a photo during Des Moines Art Center photo class. Circa 1987.
Just a few artists that have always inspired me:
Barbara Krueger http://www.barbarakruger.com/
Cindy Sherman http://www.cindysherman.com/
Alexander Calder http://www.calder.org/
Diane Arbus http://www.artnet.com/artists/diane-arbus/