Little did my wife and I think that when we established Jan Balet Art Preservation LLC just a few short years ago we would be mounting the first U.S. exhibition of my Dad’s work since the late 1980s… but here we are. A select group of his lithographs and associated watercolor renderings - some never-before shown publicly - will be exhibited at the ArtReach Gallery in Portland, Oregon from December 3, 2017 through January 14, 2018.
The exhibition titled What Was He Thinking? Jan Balet: Watercolors & Lithographs is being curated by Dr. Sheldon Hurst, Portland-based art curator, and the friend who has been helping us research and document my father’s art for several years now. Thanks to our website, a long-time collector of my dad’s lithographs contacted us about his wonderful prints, and Sheldon saw the possibilities for an exhibition connecting Jan’s watercolor miniatures with the lithographs he so painstakingly printed himself.
It is exciting to know that some of Jan’s works that have not ever been shown will be part of the exhibition. Also exciting is the fact that the exhibition will come to two other locations – both in New York State – in the coming year.
At the conclusion of the run in Oregon, the exhibition will be on display in the Burke Gallery at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum from February 12 through March 16 and in the fall, at the SUNY Adirondack Visual Arts Gallery in Queensbury from September 5 through November 8.
Best of all is that U.S. audiences will finally get a chance to see what Marie and I have been bragging about for quite some time… the work of a truly wonderful creative mind who just happens to have been my father. Hope you all get a chance to visit and enjoy.