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‘Different’ approach lands artist on calendar cover

If there’s one thing that’s consistent about Janice Hale’s art, it’s that it’s aways “different.”

Different mediums. Different techniques. Different subject matter.

A regular participant in PMMA’s Art is Ageless® competition, Janice has entered—and won—with pieces ranging from a peacock built from a deck of casino playing cards to a drawing of a Native American woman rendered entirely out of tiny ink dots.

For this year’s entry, Janice once again took a “different” approach.

“When the library had their book sale there was a book all about cowboys that just kind of intrigued me. I brought it home and put it on the shelf and didn’t think about it. Then I saw a picture in a magazine of a cattle drive and wondered if I could cut pictures up from the book and make it appear like it’s a cowboy and a herd of longhorn cattle,” said Janice.

The resulting mixed-media piece, entitled “The Roundup,” not only earned Janice another masterpiece-level award, but was also selected as the cover image for the 2024 Art is Ageless calendar.

To say that Janice was surprised with the outcome is an understatement.

“I was completely shocked!” said Janice. “I thought, ‘here’s just cut up pieces of paper compared to people who have years of work and oil painting or something like that.’ I was just really surprised.”

Even though her work graces the new cover, Janice says she’s still in awe of talent displayed within the calendar each year.

“When I look at the calendars that have been put out, I’m amazed at the quality of the art and the ages of the artists. It’s quite impressive. I’m glad the Manor is doing that and continues to do it,” said Janice.

And Janice is doing her part to ensure it does.

“I don’t really enter to win, I just want the art show here to continue so I contribute because I know it’s nice to have a lot of entries,” said Janice. “Now I’m just trying to think up something for next year.”

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