Joy to the World

Jan Roberts-Dominguez, Jennifer Lommers, and Jan Maitland

The Philomath, Oregon, Art exhibition, "Joy To The World," opened at the Benton County Historical Museum on Friday, November 21, 2014. It featured the art of Jennifer Lommers, Jan Maitland, and Jan Roberts-Dominguez. The exhibition was on view through January 24, 2015. It opened with an artist reception on Friday, November 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jennifer Lommers began her love of the outdoors and art at a young age, camping and hiking every summer and drawing and painting animals. After briefly aspiring to follow her love of animals into biology, she re-kindled her love of art at the University of Washington where she received her B.F.A. Now, she has been working as a professional artist for nearly 10 years, showcasing her passion for the outdoors in vibrant colors and bold shapes with a little whimsy and a lot of joy. You can often find Jennifer demonstrating while also sharing the work of other local artists in her downtown Corvallis art studio, gallery, and supply store - Studio262.

An accomplished and internationally awarded pastel artist, Jan Maitland specializes in portraits and also draws from foreign and American motifs from nature, and the human form for her vividly designed landscapes and figure paintings. After she made an inspiring trip to Murano, Italy, Jan's artistic interests led her into glass art and jewelry design. Her style incorporates gold and silver leaf gilding, enamel painting, and reverse painting on glass (Verre Eglomise).

Jan Roberts-Dominguez is an award-winning food writer and consultant with 26 years of experience in the food and newspaper industries. She is also an award winning artist, whose food-related and wilderness-inspired landscapes have found their way into collections throughout the country. Art has always played an integral role in Jan's professional life. Her line drawings and food-related watercolors accompany much of what she has written, both in her weekly newspaper columns and in her books. Her landscapes take form on the many hikes and backpacking trips she and her husband enjoy whenever they can plot such expeditions, particularly in Central and Eastern Oregon. Once she is back in her studio, sketches and the finished paintings emerge from photos taken on their treks.

Enjoy a visit to Oregon's past AND present! The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is always free! Located six miles west of Corvallis on Hwy 20/34, at 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon, the Benton County Historical Society operates the Museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Its goal is to preserve the material culture of Benton County, Oregon. It strives to enrich people's lives through interesting exhibitions and educational programs.