"I seriously engaged with ceramics and art while living in Oxford in the early 1970’s. The venerable Ruskin School of Art offered classical art training and the Oxford Polytech tethered me to the potter’s discipline. Returning to NYC in 1974, I exchanged teaching for studio access, but the desire for more study drew me to City University of New York’s MFA program, from which I graduated in 1977. Later that year, my first child became a Manhattan native, bringing joy and change. In 1982, I hung up my potter’s apron to support my family (eventually two boys) and built a career in nonprofits, working nationally and abroad. In 2001, I joined United Nations Women, to advance women’s rights and combat gender-based violence globally. In 2012, my husband and I moved our careers to Sarasota, FL, opening unanticipated opportunities to return to my clay/artist roots. I was startled by the pull towards unresolved aesthetic challenges. In 2017, after stepping down from consulting, I took the plunge, opening my own studio in Sarasota where I explore, exhibit and teach.
Tackling a series drives me deeper into realizing concepts and form, whether working with porcelain, stoneware, burnished pieces, raku or mixed media. Rooted in a modern sensibility, I strive for directness and disarming simplicity. Observing people examine my work with eyes and hands reaffirms the way forward. Seeing pieces in collectors’ homes and offices always shows me something new.
In terms of assessment, I rely on two personal criteria: 1. Have I seen it before? 2. Does the finished piece continue to communicate, the next month, the next year? Honestly, the results don’t always meet the criteria, but the striving continues."
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Maro grew up in Bellport, a beautiful waterfront village on eastern Long Island. As a child she enjoyed exploring the woods and sailing her small boat across the bay to a natural barrier island. Her appreciation of wild places grew throughout her life and has always been evident in her paintings. After graduating from Brown University, she lived many years in the Colorado Rockies. She showed and sold her work in state-wide exhibitions, which led to membership in the Colorado Watercolor Society. Since moving to Florida in 1999, her favorite mediums have been collage and acrylic.
One of the first things to captivate her about Florida's west coast was the wildness of the many natural beach access paths, which inspired a collage series. From there, the theme of her paintings emerged from the paths, to the beach, and then beyond, out onto the water. Sometimes, as she paints, her imagination and memories take her back to shore, into the woods or the mountains. Many of her abstract acrylics can be seen and felt in more than one way, but, always, there is the sense of awe she feels for the natural world.
Jana Millstone’s dream-like imagery propels you into worlds that can sometimes be funny, sometimes disquieting or calming, but are always thought provoking. She works in different styles to best serve each series, but all her work begins with a clear, reasoned process. Her meticulously crafted paintings are created with numerous translucent layers. She believes art- making is a weird mix of play, alchemy, terror, and transcendence. The daughter of artist Max Glick, who died before she was old enough to know him, Jana grew up in a home surrounded by beautiful art and a feeling of destiny to continue that legacy. With a career designing for prestigious fashion, jewelry, and home furnishing companies, she ultimately served as Director of Design Concept at Lenox China. Born and educated in the New York area, Jana holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, with additional studies at Parsons School of Design, The Art Students League, and F.I.T. She has exhibited in New York City at Brooks Jackson Iolas Gallery, Porter Contemporary, and Site-Brooklyn. Her work was also featured in a traveling exhibit at the Susquehanna Museum of Art in PA and shown widely throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Florida. She was the winner of the Society of Illustrators’ scholarship and has since won numerous awards including the state-wide Florida’s Finest first prize.Jana became a resident of Sarasota five years ago, loving the lush tropical scenery and rich creative atmosphere, but still missing a little New York City grit. www.janamillstone.comhttps://www.instagram.com/art.eye.q/"