Two Salem Native Step-Sisters Included in Iowa Exhibit | News, Sports, Jobs

An exhibition titled “Oil and Water” was held October 7 at the Fort Madison Area Arts Association Art Center in Fort Madison, Iowa. The exhibit featured works by two sisters-in-law – oil paintings by Carol Swetye Janosik on the left (Salem High School, 1974) and watercolors by Christine White Swetye on the right (Salem High School, 1971), who share a love of art and color that plays out in their paintings. This exhibition will be presented until October 30 in the main gallery. The two painters say of their artistic practice, “While our personalities, media and styles are different, they also complement each other. We encourage each other to grow and learn and to express and develop our own unique style. We are sisters in art. “We had so much fun at a painting class we took in Fort Madison that we swore to do it at every opportunity. We got brave and tried new things. We went outdoor painting with comical results and decided it needed a proper setup. We even played with acrylic pours. We learned to laugh at our disasters and challenged ourselves to try something outside of our comfort zones. But it was an outdoor watercolor class in Tubac, Arizona that cemented our relationship with painting and got us thinking about how to grow as artists. “When we’re in Salem, Ohio, we go to Lib’s Market and sketch the people there. When we’re in Grand Lake, Colorado, we paint the mountains. When we are in Fort Madison, Iowa, we paint the prairie and the houses on the prairie. We always look forward to the next time we’ll be together and can paint and draw. (Pictures sent)

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