River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson


(posted on 29 Nov 2019)

Earlier this month, on a beautiful crisp sunny day, we drove down to Souris, Manitoba - home of Lagasse's Studio of Fine Art - to chat with the store owner - my artist friend Kathleen, browse the delightful items she has on display from more than 80 Manitoba artists, such as this beautiful stained glass art.  We also provided Kathleen with more River West Artcards and switched out the artwork I had on display there.  The road conditions could not have been better, on the way home stopped in Brandon for a lovely lunch at another of my favorite places - Lady Of The Lake.  Check out this amazing mosaic art parked outside their establishment!




(posted on 29 Nov 2019)

Artblog catchup:  At the end of September part of the Culture Days celebrations included pop up art displays around Dauphin.  My display was at Dean Cooley - 6 smaller artworks.  I also connected with my very talented potter friend Forouzandeh Kasrai who gifted me this beautifully glazed clay plate decorated with a design carved in lino and pressed into the clay.  I am so blessed! 



(posted on 8 Nov 2019)

Thrilled to be part of 2 art shows during November and December.  The first is at Artist Heart Studio and Gallery in Brandon with artists submitting poppy-themed artworks.  A percentage of sale proceeds will go to the war veterans' fund.  I submitted 2 artworks plus a poem titled Remember.



The second show is a group show by the Dauphin Art Group running November 6 through December 31st at the Watson Art Centre.  Opening Reception is December 4th 6-8pm - hope to see you there!


(posted on 8 Nov 2019)

This was the first year I participated in the daily inking challenge on facebook that happens each October - known as Inktober Daily Prompt Challenge.  Each day is designated a different word to prompt your creativity.  There are also Drawvember and Drawcember challenges for the following 2 months.  Well I got as far as day 12 before other commitments took over my life.  Here are 4 of the pen and inks I did in response to Inktober!


(posted on 8 Nov 2019)

On our road trips this summer I was busy braiding using a seven strand hand-braiding technique which results in a more rope-like effect compared to 3 strand traditional braiding.  Each of these rope necklaces (approx. 20") are made using 4 foot lengths of varying colours and thicknesses of cord (hemp, cotton, silk, polyester) and braided using a seven strand hand-braiding technique. No two are the same! 

Braided Necklaces  

(posted on 24 Aug 2019)

I had this idea to make bookmarks, using acrylic paints and my gelliplate, for our community's upcoming Manitoba Culture Days celebrations which take place the end of September.  A dear friend who works at a local paint store responded to my request for old paint swatch cards and gave me a bunch - thanks so much!!!  In my mind this would be easier and more visually interesting (a gradated colour base under all those paint layers) versus cutting and using plain cardstock.  

I played for 4 days with acrylic paint, my gelliplate, a brayer, stencils and created more than 125 bookmarks - I experimented quite a bit - some I liked more than others. A good learning experience. I also tried embellishing some of them with paint markers.  For the most part I did not care for the look of the paint markers atop the gelliprints, but found they did add a nice tinted border around the bookmark.  My first time playing with paint markers - they are problematic and I have to find out why they keep drying out and how to get them flowing again...exactly how does one keep acrylic paint from dry coating a fibrous nib??? I have to research that, otherwise they are a waste of money.  I've read that you can use them to paint right on the gelliplate which is what I want to try next time if I can get the tips flowing again.  

After my bookmark creations were done, I was curious to see how they would look scanned side by side as a collaged image, playing with their placement like a brick layer might with bricks. I quite like the end result!!  I've titled this series of collages Boho.  They remind me of patchwork quilts, colourful tapestries of varying hues and patterns, bohemian eclectic, and especially of Dolly Partons song "Coat of Many Colors" (see below for song lyrics). It never occurred to me these might be the end result of my desire to make bookmarks. I think I will be creating more of these with a view to collaging them together into permanent artworks.  What do you think of them?




Coat Of Many Colors

by Dolly Parton

Back through the years
I go wonderin' once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use
There were rags of many colors
Every piece was small
And I didn't have a coat
And it was way down in the fall
Momma sewed the rags together
Sewin' every piece with love
She made my coat of many colors
That I was so proud of

As she sewed, she told a story
From the Bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldn't wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

So with patches on my britches
And holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
Just to find the others laughing
And making fun of me
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

And oh, I couldn't understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told 'em of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch
And I told 'em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their clothes

But they didn't understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Dolly Parton

Coat of Many Colors lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

(posted on 24 Jul 2019)

What a sweet surprise to come home to after returning from our 4week westcoast road trip - a lovely writeup in our local paper about the Russell arches project that will include 2 designs by me. Thanks Dauphin Herald!

(posted on 13 Jun 2019)

I'm thrilled to announce that Le Galeriste out of Montreal has just designed and released premium Canadian-made fashion products for one of my artworks "Terra".  "Terra" is an original 8x10" monotype handprinted using acrylic paints on a gelli-plate.

These wearable art products are live on my personal page: www.art-a-porter.com/jan.jenkins   

My dream is to one day have my wearable art on the runways of New York, Paris and Milan through LeGaleriste!!!

If you wish to to support more of my art being made into designer clothing, please scroll down on my art-a-porter page and click on the artworks you like best! 

LeGaleriste is also offering a 20% off to my clients & fans. The promo code is: JJ06gift. It can only be used 10 times for the Terra product line.

Brian and I spent Thursday travelling through southwestern Manitoba and it was all about the art. Our road trip first took us west to Russell, MB where the town recently replaced the deteriorating wooden arches adorning their main street with new metal structures.  Russell had issued a call for submissions last October for designs suited to cutting into 18"x10ft decorative metal plates to weld to the arches. I'm so very delighted that two of my designs were accepted!!! The photos are sample bits of my "Bees and Flax" and "Pickerel" works that will be used for two of the metal plates on the Russell Arches. We stopped in at the Tin House for a lovely lunch right across the street from where the artist presentations were taking place. A nice surprise was running into my artist friend Arlene Thickett whose design was also chosen. Next step is for Russell's metal worker to collaborate with each of us on tweaking our designs so that they can be cut into the metal plates. I can't wait to see what they look like when they are installed!


Our next stop was south to Souris and a visit to Lagasse's Studio of Fine Art to deliver different artworks and braided necklaces for display and sale there. Check out the cool Piano Bar for sale there!! Laggase's is a delightful gallery/studio/giftshop filled with beautiful handcrafted works by Manitoba artists and artisans. I am thrilled to be part of that! While there I learned that my "The Messenger" oil pastel sgraffito had found a new home. A big thank-you to Lagasse's Studio of Fine Art, the delightful Kathleen and her patrons. If you are in the Souris area, stop by Lagasse's to browse! 


And our last stop for Thursday's southern Manitoba Road trip was in Brandon for dinner and to stop in at Artist Heart Studio & Gallery to see my artist friend Linda Tame and pick up the beautiful painting by local artist Douglas Brolund that we had purchased on a prior visit. If you haven't been there, Linda's gallery is at 1108 Rosser Ave. I'm thrilled that my artworks are part of a group show there for May and June.  If you get a chance stop in - the artists works on display there are lovely. Linda had Artist Heart Studio & Gallery open for Thursday evening while the vintage car show was on along several blocks of Rosser which was closed off to traffic and turned into a promenade for the event. Brian aquired a stylish new hat, we saw some beautiful old motorcycles and cars that had been restored, and chatted with some of the owners. 


It was a lovely day for a travel adventure and a huge thank-you to me darlin'B for taking the Russell photos and doing all that driving - 577 km over 12 hours!

(posted on 28 May 2019)

When we go on road trips, me darlin' B does all the driving (I am driving challenged). As the co-pilot I stay alert by braiding cords of varying colours and composition together - hemp, silk, nylon, metallic, cotton. Today I took some of those braids and made neckaces with copper and brass finish pendants and clasps. The perfect accessory for tie-dye t-shirts! Enjoy your week everyone!

older blog items...