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A Bit of History


During our belated spring-cleaning last week we found several older news articles that related to the gallery. Some were about past shows, others about artists that we represent, and one was a feature story on the visionary Jan Shotwell. For those of you who don’t know her name (there can’t be many of you), Jan was a most beloved arts champion and the founder of what would become Olson-Larsen Galleries.

An artist herself, Jan was an accomplished painter. She opened Jan’s Gallery here at 203 5th Street in 1970. She represented local and regional artists including a few who are still represented by Olson-Larsen today. Fueled by her passion for the arts Jan’s endeavors were amazingly altruistic and community focused. She boosted artist’s careers, had a hand in developing Valley Junction as a destination neighborhood, started an artist co-op, served on boards, and on and on. To this day, it’s hard to find an arts-related anything in our community that Jan isn’t connected to.

We feel fortunate to be a part of her legacy. We’d love it if you shared a thought or story about Jan with us in the comments below.  

06/12/2013 2:11 PM |Add a comment
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