Essex Art Association

Established 1946

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Gantner Gallery Artist


Jane M White, of Southington CT, is exhibiting her pastel and watercolor landscape paintings at The Gantner Gallery June 2 thru 24. Her interest in art began in grade school so her family sent her to Saturday morning art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art. At Endicott Jr. College she majored in Commercial Art and then went on to Miami University, where she met her husband-to-be, Bob White. Prior to marriage and 5 children, Jane worked as an Advertising Layout Artist at The May Company in Cleveland, OH. Prior to their 1969 move to CT, from Illinois, Jane did artwork for the grade schools and churches. In the early 1970's, Jane took an 8-year refresher art course in Southington. Then, in 1987 - 1992 Jane took Semester classes at Lyme Academy, where she took Watercolor, Life Drawing in Pastels, Chinese Brush Painting and Composition. Handmade Paper Collage and printing classes were taken at Ragg Road in Boston. Guilford Handcraft classes were in Watercolor, Clay-Relief Printing, Handmade Paper Books, Starch Papers and Calligraphy.

Jane has been painting watercolor House Portraits for 40+ years now. She also enjoys painting old buildings, or parts of them, as well as landscapes. Jane exhibits her paintings in 20+ shows a year. She is an Elected Artist Member of Essex Art Association and Clinton Art Society. She is a member of CT Pastel Society, Southington Arts & Crafts Assoc., Cheshire Art League and Gallery 53 of Meriden. She has won many awards through these groups.

Jane is dedicating this show to her dear friend, Joan Pacelle, who lived in Essex and took classes at Lyme Academy. She shares, "We became fast friends in the Pastel Life Drawing class. We were the same age though she was 4 months older. We painted together and formed an outdoor painting group which met once a week. She said to me, "If you're going to hang out with me, you must join Essex Art Association and Clinton Art Society. Each time they Each time they have a show, you must paint for them”. Jane added, "I am still doing that! My dear friend died 5 years ago, and I miss her terribly.”

Congratulations, Jane, on this well-deserved award, and for sharing your loving dedication to Joan.


Artwork pickup for EAA members at Essex Corinthian Yacht Club will be June 23rd from 5-7pm and June 24th from 9-10:30am.


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