Young Westport artist’s ‘People’ lend a hand to kids in need
They’re called “Jane’s People,” a collection of individuals drawn, designed and outfitted by Jane Krauss, since she was 4 years old.
“Most of the time they just come into my head,” Jane, 11, said of her collection of more than 300 “people,” who are now a part of an exhibit called “Diversity by Jane.”
Jane’s artwork will be showcased and prints will be for sale at an event later this month that will help fund art supplies for Fairfield County children in crisis.
”Yes, I’m very excited about it,” Jane, a Coleytown Middle School student, said about the exhibit. But she’s also excited about being able to use proceeds from the event — after printing costs — for a worthy cause. Jane plans to purchase art supplies for Kids in Crisis, which provides free, round-the-clock help for Fairfield County children and families dealing with a crisis, such as abuse, neglect and family conflict. the agency was founded in 1978. Last year, it served 6,192 clients, according to information on its website.
Jane has already donated more than $300 worth of art supplies to the agency. That delivery was in June and she hopes to make another one this fall. In June, Jane was able to provide paper pads, markers and paints for children at the Cos Cob-based agency, said her mother, Suzanne Krauss. “This time, we have a wish list,” she added.
Krauss said children at the crisis center use art not only for entertainment, but also for therapy. “I told my daughter that she’s lucky to have art supplies because there are those who don’t,” Krauss said. That prompted Jane to consider making donations to needier youngsters, she said.
Jane said she liked the idea of helping others and her goal is for children at the crisis center to have an array of art supplies readily available for them throughout the year.
As for her artwork, Jane said it’s something she enjoys, but is not sure where it will fit in her future plans. “It’s something that I like to do,” she said.
Her mother is impressed by Jane’s accomplishments. “While other girls were playing with dolls, she would be drawing people,” Krauss said. “She would spend hours doing it. Her imagination is really amazing.”
Every one of the girl’s subjects is different, she said. She sees them all as different people, each on with its own identity, said Krauss, adding that as Jane has become more mature, her artwork has also evolved.
Krauss said that people who have seen the prints often find their images among the “people.” That usually causes quite a reaction, she said.
The “Diversity by Jane” collection will be showcased Tuesdsay from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave. Items from the collection can be purchased at that time or donations can be made to the fall 2015 purchase of art supplies for Kids in Crisis.
Select prints as well as greeting cards will be available at the event. Items can be previewed at www.janekraussart.com. Prices range from $12 to $100. Print prices will be reduced for the event.