"My work is inspired by everyday life….the beauty of a flower, the light in a landscape, interesting city shapes.…. and by the political and social issues that affect our lives, " says Jan Flapan. "I draw on memories, images from my travels, current events and everyday life."
In addition to watercolor and mixed media, Jan has worked with oil, acrylic and stained glass. Recent work includes collages and monotype prints using watercolor, acrylics and ink. She also makes paper using plants that she's grown and often uses the papers for collages, monotypes and greeting cards.
Jan has traveled extensively in the United States and other countries. Photos and sketches help her capture a particular scene and trigger the memory and emotion of that place and experience when she returns to her studio.
Jan's paintings, drawings and stained glass windows are in over 100 private and corporate collections in the Chicago area, throughout the United States, and in Brazil.
Professional and Volunteer Work
Jan has recently focused on making art, after an active life of raising children, working and volunteering. She is a former art teacher, copywriter and executive director of a social service agency. Besides painting and drawing, her passion is to help others become politically empowered. While she served on many boards over the years, her primary volunteer activity has been with the League of Women Voters. She was the president of the Illinois League and served on the national League's board of directors http://www.lwv.org/ She is currently a volunteer consultant for Executive Service Corps of Chicago http://www.esc-chicago.org/
2013-2014 Wilmette Public Library Annual Show (juried)
2012 Northern Trust Bank, Chicago Women's Caucus for Art
2011 Ravenswood Art Walk, Chicago
2011 We Are the Artful Network, Chicago Women's Caucus for Art
2009 Watercolor and More, Palette and Chisel, Chicago
2009 SAN Members' Show, Glessner House, Chicago
2008 Art Speaks,
2007 Orland Park Library (solo, invited)
2007 Watercolor and More, Palette and Chisel,
2006 Indigo Clothing Store, Highland Park, IL (solo, invited)
2005 Executive Service Corps of Chicago (solo, invited)
2005 Annual Members’ Show, Woman Made Gallery (juried)
2005 Wilmette Public Library Annual Show (juried)
Palette and Chisel Academy of Art, a not-for-profit organization
supporting artists in the Chicago area.
Woman Made Gallery, a not-for-profit organization supporting
women artists. Chicago Artists Coalition, a coalition of visual artists and friends
brought together by a recognition of four basic needs: education,
advocacy, provision of professional and educational services,
and improvement of the environment in which artists work.
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