Hassell’s ‘Glimpses of Memories’ on exhibit at Arts Center

July 20, 2013

‘Glimpses of Memory,’ a solo exhibit featuring 52 original paintings by Ashe County artist Janice Hassell, is on display at the Ashe County Arts Center through Aug. 3.

“My memories are always in color,” Hassell writes in her artist’s statement. “I see the emotions of a painting through color: happiness, sadness, quietude, drama, coziness, coolness, mystery, cold, heat, luxury, etc..”

Hassell, 79, started painting at age 10. But, she said, she began painting prolifically when she and her husband of 56 years realized they had “nothing for the walls” in their Big Tree home.

‘Glimpses’ is her 19th solo exhibition. Of the 52 paintings — watercolor and oils — 22 are new for the exhibit, with 12 completed in the last year.

Through her career, she has completed almost 700 paintings, some of which were shown at the Third Annual International Exhibition of the Women Artists of the West in Las Vegas. She has won many awards in many juried exhibitions.

Hassell, who is also an accomplished singer, describes her painting style as “rhythmic…a great substitute for music.” A fine arts graduate of University of Delaware, she also received a five-year degree from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and was a soloist with many symphonies and opera companies during her 40-year singing career.

An art critic said of Hassel’s unique “classical realism” style: “(her) works will appreciates in their value because her realism has a solid foundation and she continues to explore new avenues. Her style has evolved to possess a very painterly and identifiable look.”

“Color is life,” Hassel said. “My wish is to have 69 more years of memories to paint.”

“Glimpses of Memories’ is presented by the Ashe County Arts Council.

For more information call (336)846-2787.