On Saturday Feb. 5 we were honoured to welcome well known artists Janice Robertson, Alan Wylie and Robert Genn as our jurors for this year’s Art of Being Together. They quickly got to work reviewing the submissions deliberating on the merits of each piece, including its relation to the theme of “togetherness”. After making their decisions they toured L’Arche and met some members of our community.
We are grateful for the time they have given to L’Arche and their additional insights on building the future of The Art of Being Together. Alan and Janice will be attending our event on March 5 to announce the finalists and present “The Judge’s Choice” award.
Janice Robertson was born on Vancouver Island in 1952, into a family with a long history of women artists. She lives in the historic village of Fort Langley, BC with her artist husband, Alan Wylie.
Janice launched her career as a professional artist in 1989. She has received many awards including the Foreign Award in the Houston Watercolor Society’s Exhibition in Texas in 2004, the William and Margaret Foley Award in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of Watercolors in 2008, and she has won the Bronze Medal three times in the Federation of Canadian Artists Annual Signature Members exhibition.
Janice is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Landscape Artists International and the Northwest Watercolor Society. She was elected as an Artist in Residence at the annual Painters at Painters event in Campbell River BC in 2004. Janice served as President of the Federation of Canadian Artists from 1999 to 2001. She is listed in Who’s Who in Canada and her paintings are in collections through the world. She is also a popular and well-respected workshop instructor.
Janice’s work is largely a reflection of her abiding love for the beauty of the west coast forests and beaches that she has known all her life. Her attachment to her home and garden are represented in her still-life paintings. She works in acrylic, watercolor and oil.
Alan Wylie:, AWS DF, SFCA, NWWS, CIPA, CWA, was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1938. He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1960 with a degree in Mural Design and Mosaics. He immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1967 and began a career as a full-time artist and teacher. Alan has won many awards for his paintings, including the top prize at the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolours in the United States, and the Federation of Canadian Artists’ Grand Prize in 2003. He has participated in innumerable solo and group exhibitions, and has created large murals in and on the exteriors of public buildings. He moved to British Columbia in 1973 and married his wife, artist Janice Robertson, in the early 1990s.
Robert Genn was born in Victoria, B.C. Canada in 1936. His formal training included the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia and the Art Center School in Los Angeles, California.
Recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished painters, his work is well known internationally. While his subjects are universal (he has painted in many countries), he excels in portraying Canada. He is perhaps best known for his work on the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains.
Robert’s technique includes a tradition of strong design with patterns of color and form, with a pervasive sense of personal style. Grand themes are transposed onto small panels and larger canvases in a manner similar to members of the Group of Seven. Most of Robert’s current work is in acrylic. He has also done considerable work in oils, watercolour, and silk screen printing.