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Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson

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(posted on 28 Nov 2020)

Our local animal shelter The Parkland Humane Society is holding an online fundraiser auction in December.  The shelter and its hard working volunteers are an amazing support for our community and its vulnerable critters.  Brian and I have helped foster several dogs that needed placement, including our lovely Hershey, a senior boston bull terrier we fostered and adopted this year.  What a character he is!  Please consider making a donation towards their work.  If you are interested in bidding on this package donated by River West Artworks please go to the PHS 2020 Auction facebook page to connect with the auction organizers.  Thanks so much for your support.

Good morning fellow art lovers!  These are the artworks I and other members have been creating while under covid-lockdown for the Dauphin Art Group's Virtual Show and Sale. Click here to view each DAG member's artworks.  The theme this year was celebrating Manitoba's 150th Birthday with paintings depicting Manitoba life and landscapes. The DAG members are showing a unique representation of our province. The goal is to have the DAG members finish 150 artworks by December 31st.  This show went live November 1st and will run until January 15, 2021.  Enjoy!


Each piece is a uniform size of 5" x 7" and is mounted on a wooden box frame, wired and ready to hang.  Should you wish to purchase any of the pieces the price is $75.00 unless marked Not for Sale.  Please contact the artist directly if you are interested in their artwork.  

Here are the pieces I finished so far, still five more to go!

  

  

  


 

(posted on 10 Nov 2020)

I am truly honored that all of my pen and ink artworks submitted to the Manitoba Society of Artists online Open Juried Competition and Exhibition 2020 made the 80 artworks short list. 61 Manitoba artists participated with 143 artworks - and they were all amazing creative pieces.   Viewing of all 80 works will be available here until the new year.  https://msaojce.com/

  

(posted on 10 Nov 2020)

Me darlin'B and I drove to Russell MB on Saturday. The ride there was beautiful as there was hoarfrost everywhere along with a bit of fog, turning the landscape into magical scene - ratz i did not take photos. This was to set up a retrospective display of my art (25 pieces) in the Russell Library's art gallery. A huge thanks to Allan Tataryn and Arlene Thickett of Prairie Arts cARTel for inviting me there and helping me set up the exhibit. And to me darlin'B for doing all the driving there and back. FYI, masks and social distancing was in effect during set up. The show is on until mid-January 2021. I did up little story cards for folks to read about each of the artworks, hopefully they enjoy the display!

 

 

 

 

(posted on 18 Aug 2020)

      

  

Another 5 facemask designs using my artwork are now available for purchase through LeGaleriste to accessorize the clothing lines I also have on there.  A pack of 2 reusable face masks is $29. To order go to www.art-a-porter.com/jan.jenkins, first time users must log-in and set up an account.

Specs: Made for long term use (will resist to dozens of washes). Removable Nose Wire Included. Preshrunk (will not shrink when washed). Fitted to face (5 sizes; XS to XL. XS = children 36 yo, S = children 7 to 12 yo, M = average woman/teenager, L = average man or woman with generous head size, XL = man with generous head size). Double layer of heat-treated highly stretch poly interlock (100% Polyester). Made in Canada.  See below for sizing chart.

Artist information and COVID safety tips printed inside ("Wash and lay flat to dry before use. A mask alone - however well built - is not enough to protect you and your loved ones from COVID19. Wash your hands often. Keep your distance. And stay home as much as you can). Thank you for supporting local production & the art of Jan Jenkins!

Not fussy about what design you get and into surprises?  Le Galeriste also sells "Mystery" Masks $12 each.  It might be one of my designs or by one of the other Le Galeriste artists!

Thanks and stay safe out there! 

(posted on 4 Aug 2020)

Ever since I was a kid I found inspirational quotes so comforting, their wisdom and positivity appealing to my confused, introverted spirit - uncertain, inexperienced, and continually questing for profound truths and wise ways. My father would bring these small business diary booklets home from work filled with motivational poems and quotes, and I would pour over their pages, savoring the words, soaking up their faith and power to uplift, their message to persevere and try again despite the odds. For years I've been collecting the quotes that spoke to me, soothed my soul and given me guidance. I hope you find them as inspirational and thought-provoking as I have. The backdrop for each of these is one of my original artworks. Enjoy - there's more to come! 😃 

    

    

  

 

 

Russell, Manitoba is a beautiful town about 1.5 hours drive west and south of Dauphin.  A signature feature in this town is the Arches installation along Main Street, with the old wooden ones recently being replaced with metal.  About a year ago my design entries into the Russell Arches artwork competition were accepted for adorning 2 legs out of 24 on the steel arches running along Main Street in Russell. An artist friend living there shared with me the decorative plates were installed yesterday and sent me photos of the ones done from my designs! There were 24 decorative plates in total designed by Manitoba artists that are being installed and I can't wait to get to Russell and see all of them! Road trip plans are in the works!  Meantime here is a sneak peak at the installed versions of "Manitoba Pickerel" and "Bees and Flax" along with what the arches looked like last year without any decor.  A huge thank-you to all the folks involved in this project for choosing my designs and making them come alive!!

 

 

(posted on 25 May 2020)

So far there are seven facemask designs using my artwork are now available for purchase through LeGaleriste. A pack of 2 reusable face masks is $29. To order go to https://www.art-a-porter.com/en/jan.jenkins, first time users must log-in and set up an account.

Specs: Made for long term use (will resist to dozens of washes). Removable Nose Wire Included. Preshrunk (will not shrink when washed). Fitted to face (5 sizes; XS to XL. XS = children 36 yo, S = children 7 to 12 yo, M = average woman/teenager, L = average man or woman with generous head size, XL = man with generous head size). Double layer of heat-treated highly stretch poly interlock (100% Polyester). Made in Canada.  See below for sizing chart.

Artist information and COVID safety tips printed inside ("Wash and lay flat to dry before use. A mask alone - however well built - is not enough to protect you and your loved ones from COVID19. Wash your hands often. Keep your distance. And stay home as much as you can). Thank you for supporting local production & the art of Jan Jenkins!

Looking for a different design? Here's the link for more masks using other artists' artworks: https://www.art-a-porter.com/en/search?Keyword=UAC07 Thanks and stay safe out there!

 

     

   

 

(posted on 24 May 2020)

My AOW washable cotton-sateen Face Coverings - custom designed with my artwork on them - are here! AOW has them priced at $18.50 per facecover and $2.00 per package of 2 insertable filters (optional), plus shipping and taxes. Check them out at https://artofwhere.com/artists/jan-jenkins-river-west-artworks

Made from soft 100% cotton sateen, a great way to stay safe and stylish with these custom printed face coverings. They are designed to fit snuggly while you go about your life. Complete with a stainless steel nose piece, filter pocket and comfy fabric ear ties, these 200 thread count soft 100% cotton sateen face coverings are here to give you some peace of mind. Printed with permanent reactive inks, you can feel confident washing them over and over without fear of fading. PM2.5 insertable filters (scroll down for more info on the filters) can be purchased at the same time to complete your face-covering order. They are available in 3 youth and 4 adult sizes to suit a variety of face shapes (face covers should not be put on children under 2 years of age). Since AOW knows people are eager to put the face covers to good use, they will be fast-tracking face cover orders. They are aiming to have a 5 day turn around on them before shipping. How to measure: click on https://artofwhere.com/products/face-masks then scroll down to Information and select How To Measure.

About the insertable filters: PM2.5 filters filter out particles that are as small as 2.5 microns. Virus particles are even smaller than 2.5 microns. However by including a filter in your mask, whether it is a PM2.5 filter or another filter, you are adding extra layers of protection to your cloth face covering. Each of the PM2.5 filters are made of 5 layers of cloth, including two layers of meltblown cloth and one layer of activated carbon cloth to provide excellent filtration. Typically used to prevent the inhalation of air pollution particulates, PM2.5 can help increase effectiveness of non-medical face coverings.
PM2.5 filters are not equivalent to N95 masks. N95 masks capture 95% of airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns. PM2.5 filters capture particles matter larger than 2.5 microns. PM2.5 filters can be used continuously for 16-24 hours, or for 1-2 weeks when used occasionally. Sold in packages of 2. 

(posted on 26 Apr 2020)

Went online this morning to create a duvet cover and pillow cases using my Boho Twelve Design for my own bedroom... ended up down a rabbit hole and spent the day in another world creating 42 Boho Twelve products on my Art Of Where store including clothing, art prints and stationery! That was a lot of fun. Ok now back to reality!! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone!  

    

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