A selection of Janis Hogan’s oil landscapes will be on display in the Gloria Cachion Art Gallery in the Southbury Public Library from July 2nd - July 30th. Janis is a self-taught artist living in Southbury, Connecticut. A graduate of journalism school with a master’s degree in business, Ms. Hogan began her career as an editor and writer for Gannett Newspapers in Westchester County, New York, and later evolved into executive leadership in marketing and corporate communications for several organizations including Prudential Connecticut Realty, Regional Hospice and Saint Mary’s Hospital.
Ms. Hogan’s book, All That Matters: A Mother’s Memories, a collection of vignettes describing life-altering moments in everyday life, was published by Cumberland House Publishing, Nashville, TN in 2000 and was recently acquired by Turner Publishing, Inc. Ms. Hogan has also published fiction in Rosebud Literary Magazine and feature stories in 11 newspapers and several national magazines including Woman’s World, Country Home, and Runner. She has taught “Feature Writing,” “Writing for Profit,” and “Ad Copy Writing” at Western Connecticut State University and Naugatuck Valley Community College and conducted workshops on keeping a journal.
“I’ve spent most of my professional career creating images from words, earning my living as a wordsmith,” Ms. Hogan said. “It seems fitting that the second part of my professional life should be a literal reversal. Instead of using words to create a sense of place and being, I use images to recreate that same space.”
Before picking up her first tube of paint, Ms. Hogan said she had to learn to translate a sense of place into a two dimensional plane. “I really believed roads were black, trees were green and the sky was blue,” she said. “Discovering the true color in a scene is akin to magic. It is as close to donning a pair of ‘rose colored glasses’ as we are likely to get. Once discovered, the magic transforms your visual plane forever, and every moment of seeing becomes a treasure hunt for color.”
Ms. Hogan’s paintings hang in private collections in Martha’s Vineyard, MA; New York, Connecticut, Tennessee, Georgia and Baltimore, MD. She has studied painting with several accomplished painters including Zufar Bikbov, James Coe, Peggy Everett, Carol Maguire, Katie Cundiff and Loraine Chapin. Some of her Martha’s Vineyard landscapes are represented by the Copperworks Gallery in Chilmark, MA. The Southbury Library Gallery is Ms. Hogan’s second solo exhibit.
The exhibit will be open during regular library hours which are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 A. M. to 5:30 P.M.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 A.M to 9:00 P. M.; Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sunday from 12:30 P.M. to 5:00 PM.