Wednesday, February 06, 2013
An Appreciation of Jenny Hunter Groat
Jenny Hunter Groat is my mentor. Although she has passed, I write in the present tense. I know her spirit will continue to be the guiding light of my life as an artist. I have only been in Jenny's physical presence three times and each has a color in my mind. The two-day workshop on Notan, the Japanese design principle of light and dark, in Boston in 1985 are the colors we worked with—black and white and gray. The week-long retreat/workshop called Knowing/Not Knowing at Green Gulch Zen Center in California in 1988 is the green of the California woods. And the afternoon my family and I spent with Jenny and her husband Pete in 2003 is golden. Jenny herself is a white light—a combination of all the colors—drawing strength and love from every experience regardless of whether we would define it as good or bad.
I am writing this for myself because because I need to honor Jenny, for those of you who knew her to share your sadness at her passing and the comfort and inspiration she gave us all, and for those who didn't know her because you need to know her. You need to know her courage and her love—for Pete,
for her animals,
for her students, her fellow artists, for every one and every thing on this earth.
You need to know her work, her probing mind and endless curiosity, and her ability to find peace through trial, joy through work, and to follow her heart and her soul wherever it led her.
Jenny was an artist in every way—in movement,
and in life.
I hope you have time to visit some of the following sites to see the fullness and richness of her life. Everything she did was embodied with the spirit that we all love and will carry with us. Thank you Jenny for everything you gave us and thank you Pete for being her partner and support and sharing her with us.
Jenny on Saatchi Online. The About section eloquently tells of her work and her life and there is portfolio of her paintings.
Jenny Hunter Groat: Abstractionist on Artspan. A great collection of her work. Don't miss the Dance Archive.
Richard Jett's short film of Jenny:
Jenny's Queen Goose Cartes de Visite from Planet Pictia
An earlier post of mine about Jenny