Local art has made its way from artists’ homes and into the lobbies and reception areas of Johnston Medical Centers in Smithfield and Clayton. Art has the ability to soothe and to aid the healing process, and we’re proud to be able to showcase the artistic talent right here in Johnston County.
Janie Prete was making calligraphy invitations for social events 20 years ago when she began brushing a few watercolors over the black ink. An artist friend saw the cards and suggested that Prete try painting with watercolor. She took lessons and fell in love with the medium. Since then she has taken many classes and workshops to develop her style. She likes to “captivate, excite and dazzle” the viewer with her paintings. “Taking risks is part of the journey,” she says.
Her painting “Journey to Vast,” hangs in the reception area serving the lab and radiology of Johnston Medical Center-Clayton. She says the flying dove symbolizes the launching of new services and the outpatient center, which opened in October of 2009.
Prete lives in Clayton and is the president of Clayton Visual Arts, a nonprofit that carries out art programs and events, including a monthly rotating art exhibit in the gallery of the Clayton Center. She also teaches watercolor classes.
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