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Salem native to have artwork featured in Nebraska gallery

“The Poet” by Salem native Carol Swetye Janosik

A Salem native will have her artwork featured at a prominent Nebraska art gallery.

Carol Swetye Janosik of the Brier Hill Art Studio in Fort Madison, Iowa, will be the Artist of the Month for July 2021 at The Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery in Cozad, Neb. Her work will be on display at the museum with many available for purchase. A reception will take place at the museum July 8 to honor her and her work. Her work will be on display at the museum and available for viewing until July 30.

Janosik was born in Salem and worked alongside her parents and five brothers in the family pottery, Swetye Ceramic Artware. After high school and briefly attending Hiram College as a history major, she married her high school sweetheart and moved to Cleveland. Career opportunities enabled them to move to Fort Madison, Iowa where they worked together in the office of an industrial contracting company. Retirement in 2015, a move to their tree farm and Conservation Reserve Program Land, four grown children, 10 grandchildren, and two horses have given her time and subject matter for her paintings.

Janosik has taken regular lessons with Pat Wynn in Fort Madison. She has traveled to Taos, N.M. and studied color and composition under Pat Woodall. She has enjoyed taking lessons at The Tubac School of Fine Art studying color theory with Jessica Garrett and plein air painting and composition with Jim Wodark. She is a member of the Fort Madison Area Artists Association, Iowa Artists, and the Catholic Art Institute.

Her artist statement reads as follows:

“Color has always excited and inspired me. I love mixing colors and ‘watching the magic’ as I bring a blank paper, canvas, or wall to life. Some of my earliest memories involve color. As a young child, I vividly remember taking a purple crayon to my parents’ bedroom wall. And I recall, with delight, when I received my first box of sixty-four Crayola crayons. Even as an adult, I felt a certain delight when I discovered oils. To this day I am excited and motivated by the thought of working with color.

“I love watching others react to my art work – including the look of astonishment on my mother’s face when she saw those purple scribbles on her blue wall! I love the flexibility and challenge of working with a limited palette and I continue to experiment with new techniques.

“I paint from both life and my imagination. My paintings tell a story by reflecting what I love and care about most: my Catholic faith, my family, the beauty of God’s creation. Seeing a certain expression on the face of a loved one, a beautiful sunset, or a special moment spent with someone I love will inspire me to create that moment on canvas.”

The Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery is a national treasure that is the result of the work of many volunteers, board members and professional staff who have toiled for more than 30 years. The site is now listed on the United States Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places and has more Henri paintings and sketches on display than any other museum or gallery. For information call 308-784-4154 or visit the museum’s web page at www.roberthenrimuseum.org or its Facebook page.

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