March Show 2/28-3/31, 2023 - Guest Artist Janet Kipp Tribus

Red Umbrellas and Abstractions

Show Date: February 28 - March 31, 2023

Opening Reception:  Friday, March 3, 2023


Janet Kipp Tribus, in her own words....

"I have been painting and doing art for almost 40 years now. My first foray was pen and ink house portraits in 1981, which was self taught. My father was an architect and I was fortunate to inherit those artistic genes, although my style has always been much looser.
After many years of pen and ink and deeply yearning to work with color, I realized that if couldn't draw, no painting could be successful in my eyes. I took the course "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" at the Montclair Art museum in NJ. This was a major leap forward for me and my art.
In 1984, I began oil painting in earnest. I had enrolled in the Art Students League in NYC, and was lucky to work with some very influential teachers. I enjoyed many solo exhibits and awards, and progressed with the enthusiasm and encouragement of friends and collectors. The Morris Museum in New Jersey spotlighted my paintings in their new wing in April of 2008. Also at that time, I self- published a book entitled "A Sampler of Paintings" which depicts my artistic development from 1981 to 2007.
I have been living in Vero Beach, Florida for 20 years now. In 2013 I joined the Palm House Gallery & Studio on Ocean Drive; before that, I painted at home. I quickly learned that having a studio was another big step in the growth of my art, and I enjoyed the camaraderie of artists and gallery visitors as I worked. Again my work was eagerly pursued and appreciated. I became known as "The Red Umbrella Artist" - and I've sold almost every one of those paintings!
In 2017, I found myself deeply wanting to express my painting in abstract shapes. I enrolled at Oxbow, a summer residency program of The Art Institute of Chicago. It was there that I gave myself permission to pursue this new direction. Although many of my collectors were at first baffled to see this new bold undertaking, It has turned out to be another successful detour in my artistic development, and several clients have commissioned me to paint abstracts for them.
In March of 2018, I founded my own studio in Vero Beach, and it has enabled me to paint without 'other eyes' watching every step of a painting's creation. For me, painting the abstract piece is a process in which I have no idea what the final product will be. This privacy has freed me to concentrate without fear. I've happily been 'staying in' for the past few years creating these abstracts, but am now ready to have 'other eyes' see it, judge it, and hopefully enjoy my work!"