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Folk Art Painting Demonstrated by Janice Harding Owens at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Tuesday, 02 05, 2013

Gwen Heffner
gwen.heffner@ky.gov
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Phone: 859 - 985-5448 X 230

On Saturday, Feb. 9, Janice Harding Owens, of Mount Vernon, will demonstrate folk art painting from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

A native of Rockcastle County, Owens comes from a family of creative quilters and painters. In the 1980s she began painting a variety of wooden works created by her husband, Ron. Eventually Owens began to paint on boards and in 1989, painted her first canvas with acrylics. When folk art collector John Irvin saw Owens’ work, he arranged to have her first exhibition of paintings at Central Bank in Lexington in 1991. She has since had painting exhibitions in numerous states, including Connecticut and Wisconsin, and in Washington, D.C.

With children in her household, Owens chose to work with water-based acrylic paints to avoid the harsh smell of turpentine and to achieve a faster drying process. She often bypasses sketching the painting first, saying, “Sometimes I just go at it with the paint, for by the time I sketch something in, I could have painted it!”

While commissioned paintings require Owens to render specific images, her own landscapes often come from her imagination. She also takes photographs of her surroundings and looks at other images for reference, often juxtaposing them in her own unique way.

Paintings by Janice Harding Owens are regularly found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties
across the Commonwealth. A special exhibit, “The Threads that Bind: Textile Works by
Kentucky Artisans,” is on display through Feb. 23. For information about the center’s
events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center,
or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.