I am honored that the local DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) has presented me with an award for my accomplishments in the field of art.
The Women in the Arts Recognition Award, a national DAR award, is given by the American Heritage Committee. The award is designed to recognize and honor worthy women at the community level for outstanding achievements in the non-performance arts. The recipient of the award is expected to have contributed to her artistic field in an outstanding manner beyond mastery of technique. This may include innovative design work, featured exhibitions, publication, research and technique development.
I was nominated for the Women in the Arts Recognition Award by DAR member Melanie Dino.
My Mom was a long time member and would be thrilled, she spent 50 years or so helping others trace their ancestry back to their people that fought in the American Revolution.
I was really honored by this letter that friend, artist, and director of CRAFT wrote about me, the committee asked for a letter of recommendation from someone in the field of art.
Daughters of the American Revolution To Whom It May Concern
It is a privilege to endorse Janet Francoeur for a DAR Arts Award! Her lifelong career as a prolific artist is marked by enduring energy and exquisite quality.
I have known Janet for more than twenty years and continued to be inspired by her talent and commitment to the arts. In addition to being an artist myself, I am the Executive Director of the nonprofit trade association, Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow. Janet actively served on our Board of Directors for many years, using her extensive experience to help both artists and retailers grow successful art-based businesses.
Janet’s art is both beautiful and meaningful. She lives in New Bern which was the first capital of North Carolina. It is a picturesque city filled with important historical and architectural treasures. Janet is devoted to capturing the beauty and culture of New Bern in her art, giving both residents and tourists important insights, information and local artistic treasures. Over many years. Janet has captured her city’s history and beauty in annual calendars, ornaments, and cards.
Janet’s body of artwork is very diverse. She paints in watercolor, gouache, acrylics and oil on canvas, paper, wood and pottery. However all her work is immediately identifiable, united by a strong personal style and an impressive attention to detail. Her love of gardens is obvious in her botanical art. Her devotion to New Bern is apparent in gracious architectural renderings. She embraces wildlife, the seacoast, and the warmth of human connections, making her art-work both important and celebratory.
Janet embodies the soul of an artist—she is curious about our world and eager to translate its beauty for all of us. As an intrepid traveler, her artwork interprets the magnificent diversity of our world with an experienced eye and a talented hand. We all see the world better through her eyes!
Diane Sulg Executive Director
Thank you Diane and the Richard Dobbs Spaight Chapter of the DAR for this award.