'A Life in Art' – Janet Curti Haines retrospective opens in Dunsmuir

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A self portrait by Janet Curti Haines

In November and December the Siskiyou Arts Museum will offer “A Life in Art,” a retrospective exhibit of the work of Siskiyou County artist Janet Curti Haines (1939-2015).

It will run from Nov. 11 through Dec. 30, with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will include acoustic guitar music by the artist’s friend Anne Kinkade. A short presentation about Haines’ life including historical elements, photographs and anecdotes will take place in the gallery in conjunction with the reception.

Born in Mount Shasta and a 1957 graduate of Mount Shasta High School, Haines was a life-long artist who produced a rich body/archive of work.

Her art education included studies at the Academy of Art College and San Francisco State University and continued throughout her life. She worked in a broad range of media and styles, continuing to explore new methods and materials throughout her long career.

This exhibition will present a selected sampling of Haines’ work spanning from her art school years in the 1960s until shortly before her passing in 2015. The show will include oil and acrylic paintings, collage and encaustic pieces, drawings and hand-pulled original prints using a variety of techniques.

Both her abstract and representational pieces reflect Haines’ precision as a colorist, her keen technical skills and her patience as an observer. Her work is a testament to Haines’ sensitivity, curiosity and her unwavering appreciation for the abundant natural beauty she found around her.

The Siskiyou Arts Museum is located at 5824 Dunsmuir Avenue in the Historic Downtown District of Dunsmuir. SAM is a non-profit, volunteer-run gallery and gift shop. For more information visit the gallery Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or visit www.siskiyouartsmuseum.org.