RAA invites California oil painter Ken Janke to be Soirée guest on March 27

The Rossmoor Art Association welcomes all to its Spring Soirée in the Fireside Room at 7pm on March 27th, where resident, Ken Janke, will show his paintings and sit in conversation with artist and instructor Anna George. Wine and cake will be served as music is performed on viola and flute by soiree favorites, Rosemarie Kravoza and Meriel Ennik.

Unusual is the presence of both art and artist, yet the combination is always found at the RAA soiree pop-up galleries. The March exhibit features landscapes, seascapes and studies Janke painted over the years in California. The guest artist uses rich tones to elicit the feeling of a particular daylit scene–rocks on a Carmel shore, a cluster of California hills, a wooded Rossmoor pathway, among many.

Ken Janke hails from Birmingham, Michigan. At his family’s cabin on Thumb Lake he went swimming, boating, waterskiing, canoeing, fishing, and sailing. This outdoor life shaped his summer days as a youth and his painting life later on.

Reacting as a boy to a neighbor’s plein air activity at the lake, he declared, ” I can paint that!”. Eventually he did. While he enjoyed making art in grammar school, later on the risk of becoming a too poorly rewarded artist deterred him.

At Michigan State Janke chose the analytical nature of economics and swam for the team. Drafted on graduation, he reported for Army training in Oakland, where he was recruited to work in Army finance. After serving, he received an MBA and a Masters in accounting from Golden Gate University.

An international shipping company brought him on board and assigned him to Hong Kong. Janke traveled a lot in Asia for two years and raced sailboats there. He married, had children, and later on in the states took job in Oakland where he delved into computer development, applications and user interface, implementing finance training programs later tested in Asia.

In the 90’s he moved from Orinda to Chicago to do land management for new offices and set up computer mainframes for software integration. A software company brought him to Alameda, so he made Walnut Creek his home for ten years before moving to Carmel-by-the-Sea. It was there that he began classes in watercolors and then oils.

After Carmel, Janke moved to Rossmoor. He says it was the RAA and its studios that sold him on Rossmoor a year ago November. He has taken RAA classes here ever since.

For more Spring Soirée information, contact Anna George at (925) 783-9000.

The Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) offers a wide variety of art classes and many benefits for members, namely discounts on classes, invitation to demonstration events, an extensive art book lending library, art films, Soiree’s, a chance to exhibit, open studio times to work on your own with others, and an annual dinner.

Visit www.rossmoorart.com to discover an array of art classes, events, and a calendar inviting residents to participate in a robust and active community.

Visit  our newly remodeled Studios 1 & 2, and consider joining the RAA for ten dollars annually.

Join us on Wednesday evenings for our 2024 Soirees in the Fireside Room at Gateway. We have with live music of viola and flute and featuring a guest artist from the Rossmoor community.
The host and guest sit in conversation in a room transformed for the evening into a lighted gallery, where over twenty works are exhibited. All are invited to take in the art, the special conversation, music, wine and baked refreshments. Before the evening closes audience members enjoy the opportunity to ask the guest artist a variety of questions about their work.
The RAA will send an email notice of the Soirees and an article will also appear in the Rossmoor News announcing this unique opportunity to meet a Rossmoor artist alongside their art.