Janet B. Armstrong
AFCA, SCA
Artist / Gallery Owner & Director


Janet B. Armstrong (AFCA, SCA), was born and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She resides in the Cochrane area with her husband of 35 years, with whom she raised three children.

Her formal education includes studies at the Alberta College of Art, Burlington Art Centre, and University of Calgary. Frequent participation in artists' advanced workshops helps her to continually hone her skills.

Her passion for the Arts continues through her studio and plein air painting, fund-raising projects, and her art gallery business in the heart of Cochrane, Alberta.

Janet has created paintings and murals for numerous corporate and themed events, and various private commissions. Her paintings have appeared on the covers of local magazines, and in collections throughout Canada, and in Europe, the UK, and Thailand. One painting, Morning at Ground Zero 2005, became part of an on-going art exhibition touring throughout Europe and the US, and onward to Japan.

Janet began her career at Gulf Oil in Calgary, where she worked as an artist for seven years. The desire to blaze her own trail tempted her away from the corporate scene. As an independent contractor she has been engaged by the Calgary Public Library, the Calgary Zoo, the Calgary Board of Education, Eastslope Studios, Silvermoon Productions, Studio Y Creations, Anne Murphy Designed Events, and Udderly Art, among others. In addition, she taught painting classes to aspiring artists at various venues throughout Calgary and area for eight years.

She has donated artwork and volunteered her time on collaborative projects to benefit many organizations across Alberta. She is also a member of the Arts & Culture Foundation Cochrane. Her gallery is part of Historic Cochrane Downtown Business Community (HCDBC).

In 2010 Janet joined the California Plein Air Painters Society and in 2014 she joined Alberta Plein Air Painters.

In 2012, Janet was honoured to be an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the month of March. The following year she returned to the Centre to complete another residency at the Leighton Artist Colony.

Janet is an Associate Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA), and an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA).

Painting in her home studio or on location outdoors, Janet continues to create original artwork. She is also the creator and director of Just Imajan Art Gallery & Studio, which has won consecutive "Gold" awards for Best Art Gallery from the annual Best of Cochrane - Reader’s Choice Awards.

 
 
 
GROUP and SOLO SHOWS
 
    2017
  • Just Imajan Art Gallery, Cochrane AB
  • Absolutely Art 2017, Federation of Canadian Artists (Calgary Chapter) Juried Show, Calgary AB
  • Success 2017, Federation of Canadian Artists, FCA Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • All Things Spring, Federation of Canadian Artists (Calgary Chapter) Juried Show, Calgary AB
  • Reflections of Generosity, Continuing Tour, Washington DC
 
   

2016

  • Just Imajan Art Gallery, Cochrane AB
  • Michelangelo Fine Art, Calgary AB
  • Modernity, Michelangelo Fine Art, Calgary AB
  • Painted Passions II, with Marla Blackwell, Cochrane AB
  • Canvas Unbound, Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Show, FCA Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • Culture, Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Show, FCA Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • Absolutely Art 2016, Federation of Canadian Artists (Calgary Chapter) Juried Show, Calgary AB
  • Plein Air - May 2016, Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Show, FCA Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • Scenes From Western Canada, Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Show, FCA Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • Grand Opening, John D. Stevenson Gallery, Chemainus BC
  • "Mad About Art" 35th Anniversary, Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Show, Earl Grey Golf Club, Calgary AB
  • Reflections of Generosity, Continuing Tour, Washington DC
 
   

2015

  • Just Imajan Art Gallery, Cochrane AB
  • Michelangelo Fine Art, Calgary AB
  • New Works Show, Art & Soul Gallery, High River AB
  • Artists' Choice 2015, Federation of Canadian Artists, FCA Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • Reflections of Generosity, Continuing Tour, various US destinations
  • Tyrrell Clarke Art Gallery, Cochrane AB
 
   

2014

  • Just Imajan Art Gallery, Cochrane AB
  • Reflections of Generosity, Travelling Exhibition, El Paso Texas
 
   

2013

  • Just Imajan Art Gallery, Cochrane AB
  • Legacy Guitar & Coffee House, Cochrane AB
  • Javino, Calgary AB
  • APEGA Summit 2013 Group Show, Calgary Telus Convention Centre, Calgary AB
  • Summer Gallery 2013, Federation of Canadian Artists, FCA Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • Alberta Flood Rose Project, Calgary AB
  • Calgary Art Walks 2013, Calgary AB
  • Artists for the Poor, Stephen Avenue, Calgary AB
 
   

2012

  • Just Imajan Art Gallery, Cochrane AB
  • Blue Dog Cafe, Cochrane AB
  • Jack & Janet, Cochrane Toyota Community Lounge, Cochrane AB
  • Meadows to Mountains, Open Studio, Leighton Studio, The Banff Centre, Banff AB
  • Wet Canvas, Show & Sale at Artsprings Centre, Ganges, Salt Spring Island BC
  • A.C.F.C. Festival - 2012, Show & Sale, Cochrane AB
 
   

2011

  • Just Imajan Art Gallery, Cochrane AB
  • Blue Dog Cafe, Cochrane AB
  • Vale's 2011 Cultivation of Art, Black Diamond AB
  • Jack & Janet, Cochrane Toyota Community Lounge, Cochrane AB
  • Pickin' Party, Nakoda-Cochrane Show
  • Alberta Arts Day Festival, Cochrane AB
  • Reflections of Generosity, Continuing Exhibition, Europe & USA
 
   

2010

  • Just Imajan Art Gallery, Cochrane AB
  • Blue Dog Cafe, Cochrane AB
  • Ocean Fresh Bar & Grill, Cochrane AB
  • Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show, Stampede Park
  • Reflections of Generosity, Travelling Exhibition, Europe & USA
  • Summer Skies, The Emmaus Fine Art Group, Calgary AB
  • Jack & Janet, Cochrane Toyota Community Lounge, Cochrane AB
 
         
         
         
         
         
     
 
AWARDS
  • 2017 Honourable Mention, Absolutely Art, Federation of Canadian Artists - Back Alley Hues (36" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas)
  • 2017 Honourable Mention, All Things Spring, Federation of Canadian Artists - Cozy Den (16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas)
  • 2016 Honourable Mention, Absolutely Art, Federation of Canadian Artists - Bragg Creek Thaw (16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas)
  • 2016 Best Local Artist (Silver), Cochrane Eagle Reader’s Choice Awards
  • 2015 Best Local Artist (Silver), Cochrane Eagle Reader’s Choice Awards
  • 2014 Best Local Artist (Bronze), Cochrane Eagle Reader’s Choice Awards
  • 2013 Artist of the Year, Art Trends Magazine - Island Life (30" x 48” Acrylic on Canvas)
  • 2013 Outstanding Acrylic (November), Bold Brush Competition, FASO - End of the Day II (30" x 40” Acrylic on Canvas)
  • 2013 Best Local Artist (Bronze), Cochrane Eagle Reader’s Choice Awards
 
  COLLECTIONS
  • Rockyview Hotel, Cochrane AB
  • Revera Inc., Canada
  • Meridian Mortgage Corporation, Calgary AB
  • Sterling Bridge Group, Calgary AB
  • Private Collections:  Canada, United States, U.K., Thailand
 
  PUBLICATIONS
  • Tom Keyser, "Udderly Art - Colourful Cows for Calgary", Book, Johnson Gorman Publishers, 2000
 
  RECENT WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION
  • Brian Atyeo, Intermediate to Advanced Acrylics, Pemberton BC (2016)
  • Jerry Markham, FCA Plein Air Workshop in Quarry Park, Canmore AB (2016)
  • Terry Miura, FCA Plein Air Workshop in Riverfront Park, Canmore AB (2016)
  • John Salimen, Watercolor, Salt Spring Island BC (2012)
  • Stephen Quiller, Acrylics, Salt Spring Island BC (2012)
  • Elizabeth Wiltzen, Oils Plein Air, Salt Spring Island BC (2012)
  • Carla O’Connor, Acrylics & Gouache, Salt Spring Island BC (2012)
  • Robert Genn, Liz Wiltzen, Heli-Painting in the Bugaboos, Bugaboos BC (2011)
  • B. Curt, Plein Air Workshop, Palo Alto, California (2011)
  • Mountain Artist Liz Wiltzen, Daily Painting Workshop, Canmore AB (2010)
  • Dan Schultz (Award Winning Landscape Artist from Colorado), Cochrane AB (2010)
  • Rick Berg, Acrylic Painting, Calgary AB (2009)
  • Mike Svob, Acrylic Painting, Gibson BC (2008)
  • Cam Roberts, Life Drawing (weekly), Calgary AB (2006-07)
  • Painting Workshop, Jack Rigaux (2004)
 

 



 

   

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