Lake County Leader
Tucked away behind the Ninepipes Museum in the shade of large leafy trees, the second annual Cultural Arts Fair caught the eye of some driving down Highway 93, but did not attract a large number of participants or art enthusiasts.
This was unfortunate because those who did brave the ever-changing weather of the day found many quality items on display with their creators on hand to explain their craft and give information on individual items.
Jan Snook was one artist who made the long trek from Stevensville to show and market her beautiful porcelain fine art. Snook paints portraits, wildlife, western themes, and floral work on porcelain and specializes in animal portraits. She captures well the eyes of her subjects which convey the spirit of the animal.
Painting on porcelain is a time consuming and labor intensive act of love.
Unlike paint on canvas, paint on porcelain does not air dry and each layer must be fired for 4 hours and then cooled for 6 hours before another layer can be applied. Each layer in the painting process takes 2-4 hours depending on the intricacy of technique needed for the subject.
Typically around 5 layers are required for animal portraits while up to around 9 layers are required for human subjects.
Snook is considering bringing her work to the Sandpiper Art Festival to be held in Polson on the Lake County Courthouse lawn on Saturday, August 10 where she will be able to mingle with other Montana artists as well as both locals and tourists who frequent the annual event.