Our guest speaker is mixed media specialist Jane Petit--an artist known for her unique sculptural shapes and provocative juxtaposition of materials. Jane has a talent for depicting attitude using minimalist shapes in her 2D art. Vivid color, texture and reflected light are hallmarks of her work.
“After running a business for 20 years, I celebrate my life as an artist every day,” Jane says. “My art reflects my love of intense color, bold texture and ordered chaos. An inclination to celebrate what’s right in the world often adds a sense of humor and whimsy to my work.”
Jane has exhibited at galleries in New York City; Connecticut; Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Delaware; and many galleries in the DC area. She has taught classes at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maverick Mosaics in Vienna, Virginia, Artomatic in Virginia and Maryland, and in her barn studio in Myersville, Maryland.
To achieve the bold statements she’s after, Jane uses a combination of mosaic, three-dimensional collage and recycled assemblage. “Insatiable curiosity and continual experimentation with form as well as materials means there’s always something new in the studio and the art can take on a life of its own,” Jane writes in her artists bio.
Faces and personality find their way into her art. Fish and fowl alike show attitude when they emerge from the workbench! Making her own sculptural substrates usually involves carving polystyrene and covering it with fiberglass and concrete to make an outdoor form that will “stand up to the Vermont winters I loved as a child,” she said.
As if that wasn’t labor-intensive enough, she then mosaics the exterior with thousands of mosaic tesserae of glass, stone, metal, shell and ceramic.
6:30-7:00 pm: Social time & networking
7-7:30 pm: Association announcements & new member welcome
7:30-8:30 pm: Guest speaker talk and presentation
What to bring: Members are encouraged to bring light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. (The library does not permit alcohol.)
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