Local artist exhibits at Norfolk Artisans Guild

“The Lily Pond at Wooden Boat” by Jane M. White will be on display at Station Place in Norwalk through the end of April.

“The Lily Pond at Wooden Boat” by Jane M. White will be on display at Station Place in Norwalk through the end of April.


A Southington artist will be the exhibitor between April 10 and May at the Norfolk Artisans Guild located at Station Place in Norfolk.

Jane M. White said she has been painting most of her life.

“As a child I used to doodle all the time my family sent me to the Cleveland art museum on Saturday mornings,” said White, who moved to Southington in 1969. “I know that had a big influence on my art work.”

White said her watercolor and pastel landscape paintings are all based off of real places that she has visited. The locations of paintings include visits to a friend in Deer Isle, Maine as well as her visits to her daughter’s home in New Hampshire.

She said she takes pictures of a landscape first and then paints based on the picture later. One of her paintings is called “The Lily Pond at Wooden Boat,” which was taken at a pond in Brooklin, Maine where wooden boats are built and rebuilt.

“There sat this white boat half sunken into the water. I couldn’t resist taking a picture,” she said. “It was absolutely fascinating to me.”

The Southington artist said she got involved with the Norfolk Artisans Guild because she used to belong to Connecticut River Artisans Co-operative in Chester. Years ago, she was invited to show her work there.

“I’ve known the owner for a long time,” said White, who said she was a member of the Connecticut River Artisans Co-op for 19 years. “But I hadn’t shown my work up there for a long time.”

In addition to belonging to local artist groups, White attended Endicott Junior College and later attended Miami University. She studied commercial art at both institutions.

“Before marriage I worked as a layout artist at the May company in Cleveland in their advertising department,” said White. “Then I got married and had five children and that ended that for a while, killed it actually.”

White said a couple years after she moved to Southington she took a painting class and started painting again.

The Norfolk Artisans Guild was started 24 years ago by local artists. The guild is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

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