Two Artists. Two Paths. One Magical Show.
Join Ruth Fromstein and Jan Jahnke together for the first time at Grand Inspired Gallery in Stoughton, WI just south of Madison. Both of these talented women were born in the rolling lands of Wisconsin, took journeys to other parts and eventually returned. Both Ruth and Jan create stunning abstract, impressionistic landscapes. Their works compliment one another, yet each has a beautifully distinct style that will make this show a truly enchanting experience.
Ruth Fromstein grew up in small town Wisconsin and was encouraged from an early age to explore art in the color-laden palace known as the Sherwin-Williams store. From those beginnings, she has explored many forms of artistic expression along her path. Ruth now embraces abstract painting in a way that produces stunning images spanning a spectrum from relaxed and tranquil to thrilling and startling. The colors and light of landscapes play in her paintings and dance in the imaginations of the viewer. As they should. For Ruth considers the brush a sort of dance partner – covering the canvas in strokes and swirls, led by feel and a sense of motion that is, at once, controlled and spontaneous. And at the end, leaves us exhilarated.
Jan Jahnke also grew up in rural Wisconsin and spent many years exploring nature on her grandparents’ farm. Her love of art was apparent very early, drawing on any surface available – much to the understanding consternation of her mother. Jan’s path has taken her through years of study and self-reflection, learning to see deep layers of complexity in people, in the land, and the interaction between the two. Her paintings capture this complexity in a way that at first the viewer may not notice, just as we sometimes miss the beauty of nature when we hurry too much. Pause intentionally, and we become aware of textures, colors, patterns, light and shadows. Jan masterfully puts these elements to canvas in a way that pulls the viewer in to experience them and, in so doing, deepens our appreciation for the whole.
Grand Inspired opens “Along Their Paths: Impressions on Landscape” featuring Ruth Fromstein & Jan Jahnke at an Artists’ Reception, Friday evening, November 11th from 6-8pm. The show will continue Saturday, November 12th from 10am – 7pm and Sunday, November 13th from 11am – 4pm.
All are welcome.