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Janet Panabaker cites as her greatest creative influences the designer of the children's game Candy Land, the inventors of cash register buttons, the creators of linoleum, Mark Rothko, and the beauty of the Great Lakes.

For Janet, whose education includes a degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Waterloo, studies in Interior Design at Sheridan College, courses at institutions like The Studio, Corning Museum of Glass, an Art History degree from Queen’s University, and graduate studies at U of T, life would be very boring without colour. 

After years of producing and showing colourblock paintings at venues including the Toronto Outdoor Art Show, Homer Watson House & Gallery, and even a travelling exhibit in Iceland, Janet started experimenting with glass, a medium with which she had been fascinated for years. 

Since the open flames of a glass furnace seemed a dangerous choice for her, Janet took a course in fused glass and was immediately hooked by the possibilities of this thoughtful layered process, especially once she discovered crushed glass, known as frit. Janet took more than two years to experiment and develop the colourblock aesthetic in glass, but while taking this break from showing her work she still managed to collect second place twice in the "OPS Conserves" Art Competition at the John Aird Gallery in Queen's Park: first for her painting "Clean Harvest," which was purchased for the Government of Ontario Archives, and again for her glass piece "Ghost Cars."

Janet now shows her functional work ("Colourblock Glass") at venues such as One of a Kind in Toronto, and local art festivals such as Oakville Art in the Park and Guelph Art in the Street. She has also shown her most recent series of sculptural still lifes at the Noodle Gallery in Caledon, Ontario and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

Janet also continues to produce the occasional painting, hooked rug, or piece of painted furniture. Her hard-working and multi-talented husband David Lunman often takes time out from his busy life to build displays and frames, fix up old furniture, help at shows, and generally offer a lot of welcome support.

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© Janet Panabaker 2018