J.B.'s Journal: Tyler artist Jan Widner - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

J.B.'s Journal: Tyler artist Jan Widner

(KYTX) - East Texas has always been a haven for different kinds of artists. One Tyler woman gives back her talents by teaching. In tonight's

"Art is a way of thinking, way of living, it's a lifestyle," said Jan Widner.

Inside an old farm house on a busy street in Tyler, the perfect place to create.

"Art has been going in and out of my life, my life's been very full, I like experiences," said Widner.

Jan Widner can be found constructing, one stroke, one cut, one piece at a time.

"I have piles and piles of work I've done before tearing them up and keeping them for collages," said Widner.

Her walls are covered with examples of her work, from watercolors to abstract.

"I guess I'm typical of any artist, they're all my favorites," explained Widner.

Some are made from unique materials.

"Those purple mountains in the back, mountains back there, they're made out of paper towels, applied those,didn't think about them as mountains, did that for color, aesthetic value, looked back, said WOW! mountains," said Widner.

Others are inspired from photographs.

"I've had that 10 years wanting to draw it," said Widner.

Today, Jan passes her knowledge along to children in her art studio.

"It's been the best part of my life, my life has been great, most exciting time of my life, teaching these kids to see the world around them in a different way," said Widner.

She teaches them how to see art with variations of color.

"When I was eight, started doing stuff out of my head, now I get the colors, focusing on the picture," said Sydney Garrett.

"I have had some students come in here who didn't have any natural ability at all, after 3-4 years working with me, they can draw anything they want," said Widner.

Under the watchful eye of her ever-present critic, she paints. A form of expression, she hopes will survive generation after generation.

"I don't think art will ever go away," said Widner.

During the next week, you can see examples of Jan's art students on display at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. If your interested in an art class for your child, she offers weekly classes and summer camps.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:47:58 GMT
    CNNCNN
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
  • Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:25:07 GMT
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
  • ‘Operation Coyote’ targets human smuggling networks

    ‘Operation Coyote’ targets human smuggling networks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:43:13 GMT
    photo: (ICE)photo: (ICE)
    WASHINGTON (KYTX) — In a news conference Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and U.S. Deputy Attorney General announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.More >>
    WASHINGTON (KYTX) — In a news conference Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and U.S. Deputy Attorney General announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.