Artist Statement for WOOD SERIES:
Nature is the best storyteller. I have been taking notes. This simple statement holds all of my beliefs in the divinity of the earth and all of us living here on it.
EARTH AIR FIRE WATER:
These four sacred elements have been the basis of my art for as long as I can remember.
Quote From Black Elk Speaks:
“A man who has a vision is not able to use the power of it until after he has performed the vision on earth for the people to see.”
About Janet Inez Adams
My educational background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree from California State University at Fullerton (Art Alliance Award), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York (Graduate Study Award). I taught art to university level students at Orange Coast College (CA Grant for Instructional Improvement) and Cal State University at Fullerton, and to elementary students at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar (CAEA Exemplary Art Educator Award).
The following museums have exhibited my work: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Sales and Rental Gallery), San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (Award), Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, San Bernardino County Museum.
These galleries have exhibited my work: Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, Cypress College Gallery, Brea Cultural Center, Ariel Gallery in New York City (Award), Fullerton Museum Center, Palos Verdes Art Center, Chapman University Gallery, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Huntington Beach Art Center, LA Harbor College Gallery, Grand Central Art Center, Spezzano Gallery in Long Beach, Santa Ana College Gallery (Award), Pomona Gallery 57 Underground, 2nd CC Gallery in Long Beach, CA, Aliso Viejo Library Retrospective in Southern California, Coastline College Invitational, Huntington Beach, CA.
I have been selected for Public Art Projects, including Caltrans Freeway Art Panel Project, Orange County Transit District Bus Mural, Irvine Fine Arts Center Magnetic Mural ,KOCE Butterfly Initiative Fundraiser Project at Rogers Gardens, CSU Fullerton Medical Center “Art Heals” Project (Award), Pasadena Park Playground Design.
For the City of Irvine, I was chosen to serve as Artist-in-Residence at the Storefront Studio Gallery in the University of California, Irvine Marketplace for three months.
The outdoor Art Festivals that I have been in are: Beverly Hills Art Faire, La Quinta Art Faire, Long Beach Museum of Art Faire, the Costa Mesa Artistic License Faire, and the San Diego Talmadge Art Faire.
Through the Arts O.C. California Art Council, my husband and I funded an Artist-in-Residence Program for O.C. public elementary schools, bringing professional artists into classrooms for five years. Also, I currently serve on the Board of Directors for ART4KIDS, INC., a non-profit foundation that reaches out to children in distress by making art supplies available to them. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer art teacher at the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia, South America.
My professional memberships include: Orange County Visual Artists (past-president), Southern California Artists (current president), California Art Educators Association.
M.F.A. artist and art teacher using metaphysical inspiration