Artist Profile

Jean Lau

Mediums: Watercolor, Printmaking, Pencil and Graphite, Pastel, Painting, Mixed Media Paintings, Ink, Drawing

Jean Lau majored in art from 10th grade through  college, first at Cass Technical High School in Detroit and then at Michigan State University.   She painted and drew while raising four children often using them as her models. Moving to Ann Arbor in 1960 she began studying on her own with many of the talented artists and professors in the community while helping to start and direct the Gallery Shop at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
In 1983 she began working for the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair as head of the jurying wing of the fair. For the next 18 years she continued to work for the fair while concentrating with her own work in etching and printmaking .   During this time she produced over 100 original etching both in black and white and color.. 
In 1999 she joined a group of other women artists  in starting the Washington Street Gallery, which over ten years grew into WSG gallery on Main Street in Ann Arbor and is considered Ann Arbor?s outstanding gallery space.   Working now almost exclusively in pastels, she continues to show and sell her work throughout the region.  She has produced several handmade books and continues to experiment with new media.

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