At 12 years of age, Janet Kobelka was sketching things “around the house” on a small sketchpad.
She says that’s her first memory of getting involved with art.
“I was always doodling or drawing. And as the years went by, I was always doing some sort of craft, everything from macramé to tole painting,” she said. “But I became a serious painter about 14 years ago.”
Kobelka has been a member of the Sudbury Art Club for about six years.
Her painting, Quiet Moments, will be on display at the club’s annual Spring Show and Sale, April 11-13 at the CNIB hall on the corner of York and Regent streets.
Kobelka works in acrylics, watercolour, and often mixed media, usually in bright bold colours. She describes her style as impressionistic.
Her subject matter changes constantly.
“I paint whatever grabs my attention — from abstract to portraits.
“I don’t really paint to show. I don’t really paint to sell,” she said. “I paint because I just love it. I just love going down to my studio and creating something.”
Sometimes she has an idea or even a plan for a painting. Other times, Kobelka said she starts by just putting down some colours to see where the painting will take her.
Kobelka’s art is a far cry from the small sketch work she did as a child. She often works in a large format now. Some canvasses measure four feet by six feet.
You can see Kobelka’s work at the Sudbury Art Club Show and Sale, Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13 at the CNIB hall in Sudbury.
Admission is free, and includes a Friday evening wine and cheese reception. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
About 70 artists will have work on display, including watercolour, acrylics and oils.
Come out and enjoy the show, and put your name in the raffle for three original pieces of art.