Janet Liaird Legasse

JANET LAIRD-LAGASSEE, AWS, NWS, NEWS, SAA, MAA, NEWS, WW

Janet Laird-Lagassee is a Maine native, a resident of Auburn. Laird studied at the Portland School of Art, Portland, ME from 1967 to ’69, and has continued lifelong learning through self-directed study.

Laird paints in full size and in miniature, working in watercolor, egg tempera, and graphite. She is primarily a studio painter, her work centering on several recurring themes.
Laird has done workshops and has done speaking engagements for art societies.

Laird contributed to the creation of the book Modern Masters of Miniature by Wes Siegrist, MAA. She was a judge for the Bangor State Fair art competitions in 1989 and ’90, and show juror for the premiere Mount Washington Valley Art Association Miniature Art Show, North Conway, NH in 2000. As Treasurer and Board Member for the Miniature Artist of America, she has actively contributed to the updating of society by-laws and to society programs.

In addition to her fine art work, she has done commercial artwork, particularly business letterheads and logos, brochures, program covers, and music method book covers.

Laird is included in the book Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America, by Wes Siegrist. One of Laird’s miniatures is included in The Miniature Artists Birthday Book, a unique, leather bound museum piece created by Jane Blake, MAA, RMS. Laird’s work has been published in Equine Images Magazine, Apr/May 1996, Vol.II, No.2; in The Best of Watercolor: Painting Color (1997),The Best of Watercolor 3 (1999), and The Collected Best of Watercolor (2002), Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA; in The Catalog of the Collection, 1999,Miniature Art Society of Florida; in Watercolor Magic: Yearbook 2001, Feb.2001; The Artist’s Magazine, Nov. 2001; Wildlife Art Magazine, July/August 2003; International Artist magazine, June/July 2004; Art Business News magazine, May 2005. Laird’s work has been shown across the US, in Canada, Tasmania, Australia, England, Russia, Japan, Bangladesh, and South Africa.

Artist Statement
I paint those subjects which have personal meaning for me, either through extended familiarity or an attraction to the grace of a moment in time. Meaning may be as simple as the enjoyment of organic shapes or as complicated as inherited memories. Meaning comes in layers of content and understanding. Meaning is the story beneath the surface of the subject. Inspiration comes from the chance arrangement of objects, from a special light in a room through which I have walked for generations, from some appeal or voice that speaks to the inner eye initiating a journey of imagery and imagination.

I seek energy and rhythms in the lines, drama and emotion in color and tones. My realist, representational images are an exploration of the parameters of reality and illusion.

The images are the compilation of a description of the subject colored by my reaction to it. Watercolor and egg tempera are my mediums of choice. I feel an affinity for water, for the transparency and pure strength of the pigments, for the ability to work loosely or to build up a refined artwork.

The meaning of an image depends upon its audience, the viewer. For me as the artist, it is a sharing of a personal moment, of an interest, of something that has significance to me. For the viewer, that image may resound with entirely different memories and meanings, conjured up through a different experience. If the image opens a window, if it touches a chord, then I believe it is successful.

Selected Juried Exhibitions, Awards, and Honors

  • Academic Artists Association National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art,
    Springfield, MA – 1993 Watson-Guptill Award; ’96;’97 American Council of Art Societies
    Award; ’98; ’00; ’02; ’04; ’05; ’06; ’07 Fran Scully Watercolor Award; ’08 Watercolor Honor Award; ’09 Best of Show Award; ‘10 Canson Award; ’11 Cuthbert Mill Award; ’12; ’13 Pauline G. Dumin Watercolor Award; ’15; ’17 Winsor & Newton Award; ’18; ‘19
  • Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibition, New York, NY – 2009, ’11; ’12: ’13; ’14; ’15; ’17; ‘18
  • American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition, New York, NY – 2002, Traveling Exhibition; ’04, ’05, ’08; ’16 Dong Kingman Award, Traveling Exhibition; ’17; ‘18
  • Art Gallery of Fells Point National Miniature Art Show, Baltimore, MD – 1988 Honorable Mention; ’89 Merit Award’90; ’92; ’93; ’94 Best of Show; ’95; ’96; ’97 Best of Show; ’98; ’99 1st Watercolor; ’00 3rd Watercolor.
  • Artistic Designs Gallery Miniature Fine Art Show, Brownsburg, IN – 2010 Best Watercolor; ’11; ’12 Best of Show; ’13 Best of Show; ’14 Best Watercolor; ’15 Best Watercolor: ‘16
    El Dorado Gallery Juried Miniature Show, Colorado Springs, CO – 1995; ’96 Best of Show; ’97 Watercolor Merit Award, Graphite Merit Award; ’98 Best of Show; ’99 Best of Show, Watercolor Merit Award; ’00 2nd Watercolor, Watercolor Merit Award; ’01 1st Watercolor; ’02 Best of Show; ’03 Best of Show, Merit Award;’04 Best of Show ; ’05 Best of Show; ’06 2nd Watercolor; ’07; ’08 2nd Watercolor, Merit Watercolor; ’09 Best of Show, 1st Watercolor; ‘10 Merit Award: ’11 Best of Show, Watercolor Merit Award 1, Watercolor Merit Award 2; ’12 Best of Show.
  • Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, Waitsfield, VT – 2015 Gold Medal; ’16 Edward Ahern Award for Best Use of Watercolor, ’17 Frederick C. Eid Award; ’18 Sharlow Award; ’19
  • McDonaldstein Award
    Heartland Art Guild Miniatures Art Show, Paola, KS – 2010 Merit Award; ’11 Honorable Mention Award; ’12 Merit Award, People’s Choice Award; ’13 Award of Merit ’14 Best of Show; ’15; ’16 Honorable Mention; ’17 Best of Show; ’18 Honorable Mention; ‘19
  • International Miniature Art Exhibition, Gallery Tone, Dhaka, Bangladesh – 1998 1st Still Life, 1st Watercolor, 2nd Birds & Animals.
  • Jane Law Long Beach Island Gallery International Miniature Art Exhibit, Surf City, NJ – 1987 Honorable Mention, ’88 Honorable Mention, ’89 Honorable Mention, ’90 1st Watercolor, ’91, ’92 2nd Watercolor, ’93 1st Watercolor, ’94 Best of Show, ’95 2nd Place, ’96 Honorable Mention, ’97 Best of Show, ’98, ’99 Best of Show, ’00, ’01 Best of Show, ’02 2nd Place, ’03 2nd Place, ’04 2nd Place, ’05, ’06 Merit Award.
  • Louisiana Watercolor Society International Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, ‘14
  • Miniature Art Society of Florida
  • International Show, Clearwater, FL – 1986; ’87; ’88; ’89; ’90; ’91; ’91; ’92; ’93; ’94; ’95; ’96 Judge’s 2cd Choice, Excellence In All Entries, MASF Purchase Award; ’97 2nd Watercolor; ’98; ’99 1st Still Life/Interior; ’00 1st Still Life/Interior, ’01 1st Still Life/Interior; ’02 2nd Still Life/Interior; ’03 1st Still Life/Interior, ’04 2nd Transparent Watercolor, ’05 3rd Transparent Watercolor; ’06 3rd Transparent Watercolor; ’07 1st Still Life/Interior; ’08 Excellence In All Entries, 1st Watermedia; ’09 1st Still Life or Interior; ‘10 1st Watermedia; ’11 3rd Watermedia; ’12 3rd Birds & Animals; ’13 1st Transparent Watercolor; ‘’14 2nd Transparent Watercolor; ’15 Honorable Mention Transparent Watercolor; ’16 1st Birds & Animals; ’17 1st Exterior or Architecture; ’18; ’19; ’20 2nd Transparent Watercolor
  • Miniature Painters, Sculptors, & Gravers Society of Washington, DC International Exhibition – 1986; ’87; ’88; ’89 Honorable Mention Still Life; ’90 Honorable Mention Still Life; ’91; ’92 2nd Still Life; ’93; ’94 3rd Still Life; ’95 3rd Still Life; ’96 Honorable Mention Still Life; ’97 Judge’s Choice, 1st Still Life; ’98 2nd Still Life; ’99 2nd Still Life; ’00 3rd Still Life; ’01, ’02 1st Watermedia; ’03 1st Watermedia; ’04 1st Watermedia; ‘05 1st Watermedia; ’06 2nd Still Life; ’07; ’08 Cathie P. Scott Award for Realism; ‘09 1st Watermedia; ’10 1stWatermedia; ’11 Best of Show; ’12 2nd Watermedia; ’13 1st Still Life;’14 1st Still Life; ’15 1st Still Life; ’16 Honorable Mention Still Life; ’17 1st Watermedia; ’18 1st Still Life; ’19 3rd Still Life; ’20 Honorable Mention Still Life
  • The Mitchell Gallery at St.John’s College, Annapolis, MD “Less is More: Small Works In a Great Space -2013
  • National Watercolor Society Open International Exhibition – 2014; ’19 Henry & Fujiko Fukuhara Memorial Award with Jack Richeson Award & Creative Catalyst Award;
  • New England Watercolor Society Signature Members Juried Exhibition – 2011; 2016; 2017 The Guild of Boston Artists Award for Excellence in Realism; ’18; ’19 The Guild of Boston Artists Award for Excellence in Realism; ‘20
  • New England Watercolor Society Biennial North American Open Juried Show, Boston, MA – 1988; ’90; ’94; ’96; ’00; ’02; ’04; ’06; ’08; ’10; ’12 Second Place Award; 14; ’18 Canson Inc. Award; ‘20
  • New England Watercolor Society Regional New England Open Show – 1994; ’98; ’01; ’05; ’08 Award; ’13; ’17 Image Resolutions Award; ’19 Jack Richeson Award
  • North East Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibition – 1993 Fleet Bank Award; ’94; ’95 Hudson Valley Purchase Award; ’96; ’97 H.J. “Bus” Ochs Memorial Award; ’98 Grumbacher Gold Medal; ’00, ’01, ’02 Merchandise Award, ’03; ’04; ’05; ’06 Kaaterskill Award in Memory of Richard Ochs; ’07; ’08 Richard Ochs Award; ‘09 North East Watercolor Society Silver Award of Excellence; ’10 Winsor Newton Award; ’11 Sponsor Award; ’13 Award; ’14 Sponsor Award; ’15; ’16 Dorothy L. Rosenberger Memorial Award; ’17; ’18; ‘19
  • Parklane Gallery National Juried Miniature Show, Kirkland, WA – 1993 2nd Award; ’94 1st Award; ’95 Best of Show; ’96 8th Award; ’97 1st Award, 3rd Award; ’98 Best of Show, Merit Award; ’99 3rd Award; ’00 First Place, Honorable Mention, Honorable Mention; ’01 2nd Place; ’02 1st Place; ’03 4th Place/EFEA Award; ’04 4th Place; ’05 1st Place; ’06 4th Place; ’07; ’08; ’09 St.Cuthberts Mill Award; ’10 1st Place Award; ’11; ‘12 Award; ’13 First Place; ’14 Gamblin Artist Oils Award; ’15 Sponsor Award; ’16 Sponsor Award
  • The Renaissance Art Gallery Miniature Exhibition, Huntington, WV – 2009 2nd Place Award, People’s Choice Award; ’10 Best of Show Award; ’11 Award of Excellence (Best of Show); ’12 1st Place Award; ’13 1st Place Award; ’14 Merit Award
  • Rhode Island Watercolor Society National Watermedia Competition, Pawtucket, RI – ’97; ’98; ’99; ’07 Dr. Stanley Ross Memorial Award; ‘08; ’09; ’10 Mary Kosowski Award for Realism in Painting; ’11: ’12 Fujie Wright memorial Award; ’13 Kumin Award; ’15; ’17 Honorable Mention
  • Seaside Art Gallery Juried Miniature Fine Art Show, Nags Head, NC – 1995 Best of Show; ’96 Best of Show; ’97; ’98; ’99 Second Place; ’00 Best of Show; ’01 Best of Show; ’02 Second Place; ’03 Third Place; ’04; ’05; ’06; ’07; ’08 Merit Award; ’09; ’10; ’11; ’12; ’13; ’14; ’15; ’16 3rd Overall; ’17 Best Watercolor; ’18; ’19; ‘20
  • Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition – 2019 & Traveling Exhibition
  • Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show, Alabama Miniature Art Society, Mobile, AL – 2017 Best of Show; ’19 Best of Show
  • Sulpher Springs Valley International Miniature & Small Works Show, Willcox, AZ – 2014 Best of Show, Honorable Mention; ’16 Best of Show; ’17 Best of Show
  • Watercolor USA, Springfield, MO – 1999 Patrons Purchase Award; ’00 Watercolor U.S.A. Cash Award, Friends of the Springfield Art Museum Purchase Award; ’01; ’02; ’05; ’06; ’07 Award; ’08; ’09; ’10; ’11; ’12; ‘13
  • Watercolor West National Exhibition, Riverside, CA – 1995; ’96; ’98; ’99; ’00; ’01; ’04 Winsor Newton Award
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS – Nov-Dec 2008
  • Renaissance Gallery, Farmingdale, ME – 2000, 2001
  • Lewiston-Auburn College, Lewiston, ME – 1992
  • Water Street Gallery, Newburyport, MA – 1991
  • Hupper Gallery, Hebron Academy, Hebron, ME – 1989
  • Abbott Memorial Library, Dexter, ME – 1985
  • Community Art Gallery, Brown’s Mill, Dover-Foxcroft, ME – 1982
  • Group Exhibitions and Invitationals
  • American Still Lifes, R.W Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA, March 4 – May 25, 2014
  • Watercolor USA Honor Society Small Works Exhibition, Springfield, MO 2011
  • Fredlund Gallery Invitational Fine Art Miniatures Exhibit, Winter Park, FL 2011
  • The Art of the Miniature Art Exhibition, Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA; 1996,’97,’98,’99,’00,’01,’02, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08; ‘09; ’10; ’11; ’12; ’13; ’14; ’15; ’16; ’17; ’18; ’19; ‘20
  • New England Watercolor Society 125th Anniversary Exhibition, Plymouth,MA 2010
  • ‘It’s a Small World – World Class Art in Miniature 2008, The Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL – 2008
  • Annual Almost Miniatures Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA – 2008, ’09.
  • 6th World Exhibition of Miniature Art, WFM, 2016, South Africa; Award of Excellence
  • 5th World Exhibition of Miniature Art, WFM 2012, Moscow, Russia
  • 4th World Exhibition of Miniature Art, WFM 2008, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia – Highly Commended Award
  • 3rd World Exhibition of Miniature Art, WFM, 2004, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC
  • 2cd World Exhibition of Miniature Art, World Federation of Miniature Artists, Tasmania, Australia: September 2000
  • Royal Miniature Society 100th Anniversary World Exhibition, London, England; November 1995
  • Spring Exhibition 2007, Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS
  • ‘Masters of Watercolor’, New England Watercolor Society at New Bedford Art Museum, MA 2006
  • ‘Watercolor Now!, Watercolor USA Honor Society, at Missouri State University Art & Design Gallery, and Park Central Gallery, Springfield, MO, 2006; ’10; ;’Pawtucket, RI ‘11
  • Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, ME – 2003
  • ‘Art in the Little’ Invitational Fine Art Miniatures Show, Pearl Gallery, Portland, OR 2002
  • Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA – ‘Winter Wonderland: Snow Scenes of New England’ 2001
  • International “Small Pictures, Great Harmony” Exhibit, Winter Olympics, Nagano, Japan 1998

Publications

  • Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America, Wes Siegrist, MAA, 2010
  • Art Business News Magazine, May 2005
  • International Artist Magazine, June/July 2004
  • Wildlife Art Magazine, July/August 2003
  • The Collected Best of Watercolor, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA 2002
  • Watercolor Magic: Yearbook 2001, February 2001
  • The Artist’s Magazine, November 2001
  • The Best of Watercolor 3, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA 1999
  • Catalogue of the Collection, Miniature Art Society of Florida, 1999
  • The Best of Watercolor: Painting Color, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA 1997
  • Equine Images Magazine, Apr/May 1996, Vol.II, No.2;
  • The Miniature Artists Birthday Book, an exquisite, leather bound, unique museum piece created and edited by Jane Blake, MAA,RMS; FL
    Collections
  • Miniature Art Society of Florida Permanent Collection
  • Georgia Miniature Art Society Permanent Collection
  • International Museum of Miniature Art, The Hague, the Netherlands
  • Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri

In addition, Laird’s work is in corporate collections and private collections throughout the U.S.A. as well as in Canada, South Africa, Australia

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