Art around town

Jane Emsbo
Fri, 07/02/2021 - 11:15am

The Spring Street Gallery will host an art exhibit by island resident Jane Emsbo from July 10 to July 17. There will be an artist’s
reception at the gallery on Saturday, July 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Emsbo’s abstract paintings are bold and expressive. Done in multimedia of all sorts, the unexpected is welcomed. Color, movement, and drama are paramount. Jane has exhibited and been a member at the Spring Street Gallery before. She has also been a founding member of Scenic Block Island – dedicated to preserving the beauty and heritage of the island.

In keeping with Emsbo’s varied interests and passions, music and poetry will also enliven the reception and offer a multi-sensory experience. Background music will play songs from her You Tube selection of “grandma’s songs rosie prince.” These songs have been part of informal sing-a-longs on Block Island that Emsbo loves to organize.

The Block Island Poetry Project, under the inspiration of Lisa Starr, spurred Emsbo’s intensive writing – some of which waits to be finished. Poetry from her book “Pinto Ponies” will be available at the exhibit. “Pinto Ponies is also available at Island Bound Book Store.

After 10 years spent in Mexico and Denmark, Jane and her Danish husband Jon, along with their three young children, returned to the United States. She then developed multiple strands in her professional life: learning specialist for children who learn differently, school consultant, mentor and teacher for educators, writer and publisher of educational materials, and lecturer and activist in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham. She also led an intense environmental effort to preserve Mettowee Farm, the last farm and open space in Bergen County, New Jersey.
In 1975, shortly after returning to the U.S., the Emsbos discovered Block Island and fell deeply in love with it. They then rented and vacationed on the island every summer until buying their residence in 2001 for their retirement.

Life on the island has been a blessing, says Jane. “For instance, painting and poetry became an indispensable part of my life.” The beauty, colors, challenges, wind and sea inspired her to create art works of her own.