From 119 Northbound:
Turn left on Wrigden Run Road. Follow to first crossroads (Ambrose).
Turn right onto Brady Road. Go one mile and turn left onto Steffy Rd.
Go 3/10 of a mile. Studio is on the right.
From 119 Southbound: Turn right on Brady Road. Turn right on Steffy Road. Follow Steffy Road 3/10 mile. Studio is on the right.
From Rte. 85: Turn onto the Ambrose Road. Proceed through first stop sign at 4-way intersection where Ambrose Road becomes Brady Road. Turn left on Steffy Road. Go 3/10 of a mile. Studio is on the right.
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Janet Runyan's studio overlooks what was once a pasture surrounding a pond, but over time it has slowly been encroached upon by a thicket of wild apple trees. Spring brings the beauty and fragrance of the wild apple tree blossoms. As the summer progresses the apples mature and offer food to the many deer that come to drink at the pond’s edge.
Although the studio is a work in progress, this serene and beautiful setting makes for an ideal work space
Janet has a degree in fine arts from IUP where she studied ceramics with Frank Ross. She has also taken a number of graduate classes from Donn Hedman, who has been a wonderful mentor and greatly influenced and encouraged her sculptural work.
For the past 17 years Janet has taught art in the Marion Center Area School District; her young students have definitely inspired an imaginative spirit in her work.
I enjoy using clay for subtle commentary on issues that defy resolution. Most of my favorite pieces are hand-built sculptures. In addition to the sculptures, I also create functional ware.
My sculptures are a combination of commentary and whimsy. My evolving “Rabbit Wars Series” makes no direct statement, but asks you to consider the absurdity of war. How do rabbits approach war? Do they fight? Do they run? Is the pageantry of war their primary concern? The work merely poses the questions, offering no answers. Another series: “If you teach a man to label a fish…” was influenced by the recent pressures of the No Child Left Behind legistlation. Again, this series asks many questions, but does not strive to answer the questions.
Below are some samples of Janet's work: