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Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Art Exhibit at Arcadia Featuring Jan Ruby-Crystal

November 29, 2023

Exhibit Open December 1, 2023 - January 30, 2024

Visit Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to see an art exhibit of small and large landscapes by local artist Jan Ruby-Crystal. Through graphite, colored pencils, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic paints, Jan captures the landscapes that inspire her.

Painting of bright pink flowers on vines in a forest
© Jan Ruby-Crystal

Speaking of her inspirations, Jan notes, “I am intrigued by life…the tip of a human ear when light passes through it, the stand of soldier trees bending and twisting as they arch against the seasons, the withering foliage evolving into ever more elegant and uniquely individual forms as life leaves them, colors that grow deeper and richer on a beloved face. These are the kinds of things that call me to make an artistic response.”

Stop by Arcadia during business hours from December 1, 2023-January 30, 2024 to see her work on display and available for purchase.

Painting of a green and brown leaf on granite
© Jan-Ruby Crystal

Opening Reception

Join us on Sunday, December 10, 2:00-4:00 pm for our opening reception featuring a greeting from the artist at 2:30 pm.

About the Artist: Jan Ruby-Crystal

Jan Ruby-Crystal is the director and founder of the Arcadia Art House. Since moving to the Pioneer Valley in 2013, she has taught art at Arcadia, the Smith College Campus School, the Northampton Center for the Arts, and at her home studio. Jan teaches classes in botanical illustration, watercolors, colored pencils, and pastels. Jan has a home art studio where she spends five or more hours a day actively engaged in her artmaking practice. Recently, she started the Western Mass Nature Journaling Club.

Jan is Faculty Emerita from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She exhibits widely and was the recipient of the Outer Cape Artist’s Residency in painting.

A painting of a tree in autumn, with leaves beginning to turn red
© Jan Ruby-Crystal