Jim & Jan Crow Art Show Now Open in MRRL's Art Gallery

Art: Process & Journey by Jan & Jim Crow

April 5 - May 30, 2008

Jan Crow

Orchids at Night by Jan Crow

Orchids at Night by Jan Crow

Tulips by Jan Crow

Tulips by Jan Crow

Since my husband is an artist and art instructor, and our son is an accomplished artist, I have been exposed to a great deal of art and spend a lot of time discussing it. For 15 years I was a fiber artist creating sculptural basketry and wall pieces.

I changed directions and became a librarian and then Branch Manager for the Osage County Library. My creative side, however, could not be silenced. I decided to try a painting class my husband taught at East Central College. Challenging myself to learn the process of oil painting, while having fun with it, has become a life passion for me.

My paintings hang in my home and my office. While a few have been hung in shows, for me it is the process of applying paint to canvas that is most important and why I paint.
--Jan Crow

Jim Crow

View of the Capital by Jim Crow

View of the Capital by Jim Crow

View Across the River by Jim Crow

View Across the River by Jim Crow

I consider myself extremely fortunate to teach art for a living. I’m an Assistant Professor in the Art Department of Lincoln University and teach a variety of courses including Printmaking, Figure Painting, Figure Drawing, Watercolor and Jewelry. I hold a MFA degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a BS in Art Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Being an artist is rather like going on a road trip without a map. You have an overpowering desire to hop in the car and drive, but you’re not sure just where you’re headed. As an artist, you have this inherent desire to express yourself in a visual manner, but you’re not sure what it is you want to say. But in art, as in life, it’s all about the journey, not about reaching the destination. To quote the artist Chuck Close, “A painting is the frozen evidence of a performance.” It’s a record of how and what the artist felt when he or she painted it. Mere replication of surroundings, if it does not contain some evidence of the soul of the artist, is meaningless.
--Jim Crow

Anyone wishing pricing or other information about the items exhibited are encouraged to contact the artist directly. To contact Jim or Jan about their work: crowj@mrrl.org

The Missouri River Regional Library Art Gallery is dedicated to providing local artists with a venue in which they can display their work in a professional setting. The Art Gallery program supports the mission of the Missouri River Regional Library by making creative resource accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and circumstances. The Art Gallery promotes cultural enrichment by providing an artistic environment for artists of all ages and the public in general.

The Missouri River Regional Library Art Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Library at 214 Adams Street, Jefferson City, Missouri.

Exhibits are rotated in the following months: January, April, July, October. If you're interested in displaying your work, please contact George Dillard at dillardg@mrrl.org

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