Hudson artist Janet Stolle recently achieved first place honors in two area competitions. 

Her painting "Foothills in Campagna" took the top honor at the Best of Ohio Plein Air Juried Exhibition may 19. Kent State University art professor and well-known painter Charles Basham judged the competition. The exhibition of nearly 100 paintings is at the Group 10 Fine Arts Gallery in Kent, with entries on display through June 22.

Stolle’s winning painting was completed last summer in Civita Castellana, Italy. The town is closely associated with the famed 19th century French landscape painter, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.

In addition, Stolle’s painting "Terry’s Sawmill" took first place in the juried Spring Plein Air Event June 2, sponsored by the Peninsula Art Gallery. Her other painting "Morning at Horseshoe Pond" was awarded an honorable mention. Renowned water colorist David Rankin judged the Peninsula competition. More than 50 entries will remain on display at the Peninsula Art Academy and Gallery until early July.

Plein air artists focus on painting, drawing and other art forms completed on-site out-of-doors from direct observation. Stolle works exclusively in oil and her current focus is on landscapes.

Later this year, she will paint in Umbria, Italy, and the Dogdorne Valley in the south of France. Her work has been displayed in the Columbus Museum of Art, the Springfield At Museum and numerous galleries including Hudson’s Margaret Clark Morgan Gallery and the Hudson Fine Art and Framing Gallery. The Moos gallery at Western Reserve Academy is scheduled to host a one-person show of Stolle’s work in January of 2019.

Stolle has studied with renowned artists including Adolf Konrad, W. Carl Burger, and most recently, Israel Hershberg of the Jerusalem Studio School. A graduate of Kent State University, Stolle was an executive director at the American Greetings Corp. and is currently a member of the Ohio Plein Air Society and the Oil Painters of America.