By Jocelyn Pedersen
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Local artist Janey Crain will once again open her studio to the public this month.
Crain hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday in November to showcase her art and bring awareness to many forms of visual arts including pottery, mixed media art on linen, watercolors and more. Her studio is at Fourth and Ash in Noble, the only purple door on the block.
Crain encourages others to enjoy what they do the way she enjoys teaching and sharing her art.
“It’s not about making you an artist. Those budding artists, they will be one not because of us (teachers) but in spite of us,” Crain said. “It’s healthy to do what you like to do. Try to think of something you love to do and find a way to make a living at it.”
Crain has been a resident of Noble for more than a decade, with a long history of involvement with art. She has drawn pictures for Hallmark cards, worked as a fashion illustrator for a department store and done paste-up and layout for OPUBCO. Crain still serves as an Oklahoma Artist in Residence and has done so “for decades” where she inspires budding artists and teaches them a different way to see things — with an artist’s eye. Recently, Crain taught a four-week art course at the Noble Public library as part of their Maker Monday series.
She teaches drawing, print making, painting, mixed media, simple weaving and pottery at her studio. She designs her pots using slip-trailing decorations and glazes varying from muted tones to vibrant ones.
Tammy Boyd encountered Crain’s pottery for the first time recently.
“I thought the pottery was simplicity perfected. Clean lines, bold splashes of color and exquisite execution of shape and utility,” Boyd said. “I could see most of the people I know being thrilled to receive a piece of that pottery because it would be so easily integrated into whatever theme or decor they currently had in their home.”
Crain said a lot more people can understand a good pot than there are who can understand a good painting.
“That’s why I stuck with pottery,” she said.
Katie Barwick-Snell has frequented Crain’s pottery studio for years. She has already visited one open house this month and encourages others to do so.
Crain sums up her love of art and sharing it quite simply.
“You don’t have to be an artist to find your niche. It feeds your soul,” she said.
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