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Artist Reception: Janine Janaki
September 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDTFree
Pastel Artist Janine Janaki’s paintings will be on display from 9/6 – 9/29. A reception will be held on Sunday, September 9th, from 6-8pm with complimentary refreshments.
“I have never not painted. As early as I can recall, I’ve spilled colors and patterns on the paper… sometimes mere scraps with whatever implement I could find.
As does the sun that rises… as do the birds that sing… I paint because I must. I disappear into the realm of the unseen and return with a translation of a soul-felt reality.
Is there a plan? Somewhat – a rudimentary outline of a subject at hand. Then I depart… my hands move. Compelled, I work in minute detail, an inch at a time, pushing colors inexplicably upon the pastel board. When I step back, I am always surprised to see the world, larger than life.
Middletown is a special place… the only place I’ve ever truly felt at home. It has a certain vitality… a certain edge that cannot be contained by the status quo. The North End is alive. Wesleyan breathes dreams. The CT River is a steady friend. From the colorful exchanges outside the soup kitchen, to the quiet beauty of Wadsworth Park, to the happy Saturday morning queue outside O’Rourke’s, to the world music at the Buttonwood Tree, to the mug club at Eli’s, to the multinational restaurant scene… Middletown speaks of originality and authenticity. I simply had to paint it!!
All proceeds from this showing go directly to The Buttonwood Tree. Thanks so much for your support!”