The Spring River Art Gallery on Main Street in Hardy will showcase the paintings of Jayne Abele Larson. Her exhibit of watercolors will be featured for the month of October. The public is invited to view her work during the weekends when the gallery is open.
A special gift of creativity is evident in everything Larson does. At home she is surrounded by walls of her wonderful paintings, mostly of landscapes and flowers. There are watercolors and a few oil paintings.
Larson traveled with her first husband, Richard Abele, during his military career. They were stationed in the U.S., the Philippines, Germany and Japan. Her life and art were most influenced by living in Japan. She reminisced and said, "There was just something about Japan -- the painting and flower arranging I studied. It was so different. Everything is a symbol and that's what you learn when you study their painting and flower arranging."
Many of Larson's paintings are influenced by the Japanese Sumi-e art of ink painting. Sumi-e means: black ink painting. Its pictures are simple, elegant and serene A goal is to use the brush with restraint and not cover all space. Each element in a picture is created with only one stroke of the brush. Artists of most cultures paint with many strokes, filling in the whole area.
Larson always studies painting and always practices. After the Abeles and their three children moved to Cherokee Village, a friend asked her to teach an oil painting class. The class started 30 years ago and is known as the Thursday Painters which meets at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
She is a starter of groups. She organized the Cherokee Village Women's Club, The Friends of the Library and the painters' group, among others. She laughed and said, "I don't know why I do that, maybe because I'm bossy."
Laughter plays a large role in Larson's life and her sense of humor is catching, but she has a serious side. Her blue eyes sparkled as she said, "I never did work. As Air Force officers' wives, we were actually discouraged from working, so I'm social." When she came to the Village, she "just started doing things." She is a joiner and belongs to many groups; she is a member of Spring River Art Gallery, a life member of the Spring River Performing Arts, and vice president and program chairman of the Friends of the Library. She is currently the junior warden of the vestry of St. Andrew's Church. She is also president of the Episcopal Church Women.
Jayne Abele Larson is the widow of Kermit Larson and she fills each day with activities that enrich her life and the lives of those around her. This petite ball of energy doesn't plan on slowing down. She laughed when she stated, "I don't feel age and try not to talk about it." She will continue to do most of the yard work, take care of her home, nurture her three cats, attend meetings and paint marvelous pictures.