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Janet Mishner
2022 Fellowship Award Recipient


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An intuitive process of working remains the same whether my paintings are figurative or abstract. The genesis is always an idea or thoughts about an observation as opposed to direct observation. It is my reaction that compels me to express the idea visually.  My present series, “Connection v Isolation/ Grid” evolved from my thoughts about the pandemic. The paintings explore the conflict between human need to be physically connected, to smile at each other, to hold hands; risky behavior, versus the physical need for safety through isolation from lockdown, to the six-foot distance, to masks; an attempt to keep physically safe. I have included grids in my paintings to symbolize the boundaries that have been drawn. Mark making, colors and shapes permeate some of the boundaries in the grid, representing the intuitive need to connect.

Janet Mishner is a painter residing and working in Sarasota. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, she received a BA in Art Education from University of Maryland and taught elementary art. Her main source of education and inspiration was ten years of study with the late renowned painter Gladys Goldstein in Baltimore, before moving to Florida in 2002. The desire to know her heritage as an artist, led Janet to become a docent with the Baltimore Museum of Art for four years before her move south. Her paintings are in private and public collections including Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Florida Cancer Specialists, and the United States Embassy in Manilla.

She is a member of National Association of Women Artists, Women Contemporary Artists, an organization of artists in Sarasota and surrounding areas, and the historic professional women painters’ group Petticoat Painters, a small organization in which members are honored to join by invitation only.

Aside from her studio, her work can be seen at Art Uptown Gallery located in downtown Sarasota.