March Art in the Library Exhibit
The Boulder Junction Public Library welcomes the public to view their March “Art in the Library” exhibit featuring art by Jane Thomas. Her artwork will be on display throughout the library during regular business hours.
Jane Thomas drew and painted so many watercolor mandalas during 2021 that she lost count. Her art is inspired by nature and solitude and is a means to renew and refresh her creative spirit. One of the purposes of painting mandalas is to learn to be present in this moment rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Using tools
such as compass, protractor, and ruler in a precise way force you to focus on what you are doing especially if you want your mandala to be well-balanced. It’s fascinating to see the variety of mandalas people have created over the years. Many use mandala painting for healing or coping with chronic pain.
Jane committed to a daily painting practice over a period of 6 months and missed only a few days. Some have been sold as custom pieces based on a series she did called “Soul Stories.” Two are featured in the library exhibit.
When her and her husband traveled to Georgia to visit their daughters, she packed her supplies and continued. They took another trip to West Salem, Wisconsin to visit a relative and everything went along again. The different landscapes and climates influenced the colors and patterns she chose.
Jane’s paintings are finished with archival materials. These are watercolor paintings that are sealed. No additional glass or frame is needed. The tassels are made from recycled sari silk, batik fabric, yarn, and beads.
In addition, Jane is a jewelry maker and creates unique wire sculpted sun catchers and prayer beads that can be seen in her Etsy shop and on her Facebook page, Gems of Malini. She is a self-taught artist.
Jane Thomas moved to the Northwoods and built a home in 2019. Previously, her and her husband operated a popular health food store in southern Missouri where they also owned a 160 acre farm. Her hobbies and interests include long distance RV travel, cruises, reading, sourdough bread baking, healthy cookery, visiting Lake Superior, and anything that involves beads. She is originally from Burlington, Wisconsin.
For questions about the Art in the Library exhibits, the application process, or the Artwork policy, please email the library at [email protected] or call the library at 715-385-2050.