Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, is pleased to display paintings by Jan Klassen of Wichita through the months of September and October. Klassen is a member of Gallery XII, 412 E. Douglas in Wichita.
Her oil and acrylic paintings feature the beauty of natural landscapes. “My imaginary landscapes have the feeling of a moment in time, without interference from mankind. I love earth tones, rocks, sunsets and trees,” she explained. “The American Southwest is what most often inspires me.”
After a 20-year career in apparel retail as a buyer, department head, and fashion display, Jan discovered the artist in her soul as an antidote to empty nest syndrome. She enrolled in classes at a local community college and art appreciation was one of them. “The instructor for this class believed that the only way to appreciate art was to try it. She therefore incorporated hands-on projects of painting, drawing, clay work, collage, etc. into the curriculum.”
Jan found that she really enjoyed painting, and a passion was born.
In the twenty years since, she has continued to grow in knowledge and inspiration. She thrives in classes at the Wichita Center for the Arts. The energy and support of her fellow classmates are a vital link to inspiration and creativity. She frequently supplements her favorite media of oil and acrylic with added paper or other texturizing mediums for unique artwork.
“My paintings are more abstract than realistic because I am playing with my imagination,” she said. “I paint spontaneously, waiting for the paint to speak to me, allowing me to find new frontiers as I create.”
Jan and her pilot husband make frequent trips to visit their son who lives in Taos. These trips are definitely food for her artist soul, providing inspiration for her favorite subject, landscapes with no sign of habitation.
Gallery 1001 will host a reception in honor of the artistic visions of Jan Klassen, Friday, October 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Stop by to meet the artist and view her extraordinary paintings.