The Pearl Ellis Gallery starts the new year with “Selections” by J.F. Janzen. The exhibition is about choices and – in this case – images that are part of the artist’s journey of change and growth over the past five years. A recent move to the Comox Valley from Victoria led Janzen to establish Studio Rivertown on his new property. It meshes, along with other ongoing projects, his impressions of the surrounding area from an environmental viewpoint with a deep need for concern for the planet. ”Selections” could be considered a familiarization of Janzen’s style of mark making.

Encouraged by family, friends and teachers, J.F. Janzen turned to creating at an early age. After a lifetime of doing so with a self-managed art education which took him from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. and Europe, Janzen learned and shared his passion with others along the way. Expression in watercolour, acrylic, and resin – including up-cycling furniture – are his focus. Janzen will, on occasion, do commissioned work if a clear vision is shared with the client. For one-on-one coaching and small workshops, he can be reached at [email protected]

The exhibition runs from January 7 to 25. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 11 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

The Pearl Ellis Gallery is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Sunday/Monday. Free admission. Everyone welcome.

For more information about the gallery, and to see a virtual display of the exhibition, visit