Janet Searfoss
Batik Artist
phone: 989-316-2123

Janet Searfoss is a painter of Batik, the antique appearing paintings done with hot wax
and dyes that often resemble stained glass in fabric form.  Janet combines the ancient
craft of batik with the art of painting .  Her technique is often a radical departure from
the traditional batik.  Janet often combines acrylics and fabric paints with the hot wax
layering, creating her distinctive style of mixed-media batik painting which she refers to
as "American Batik" or wax-resist painting.  

Her paintings often will take over 100 hours to complete.  "I want my Batiks to have a
visual dialogue with the viewer"- Art that speaks to the heart.  The Paintings  show
various perceptions of reality and are intended to stimulate the imagination.  

Janet's professional education began at Michigan State University and continued at
Wayne State University where she earned her degree.  She taught high school art in the
Detroit area for eight years before her career with Batik.  Janet shows and sells her
Batiks at Art Shows throughout the Country.  She has won numerous awards and is
considered one of the Masters of  Batik.

Husband, Harold, does the custom matting,  framing and giclee printing.  He makes it
possible to do the art show circuit throughout the country.  The art acts as a portal to the
spiritual realm for her and others.  Imagination and intuition is her way of connecting the
physical with the spiritual.  Some of the art has deep symbolic meaning while other
pieces are light hearted.  The art is  the beginning of a story with the viewers becoming
the storytellers.  The image opens up the "book" allowing the story to unfold and
allowing the light to enter.

Recent and Past Awards

1st  Place Fibers     West Shore Art  Fair,       Ludington, Mi  July 6,7 2019

Honorable mention / Best in Category     Grand Haven Art  Fair           June 29,30 2019                               

Award of Excellence-Best in Category          Art & Apples    Rochester, Mi     Sept. 8,9,10 2017     

Honorable Mention-   Grand Haven Art Festival             Grand Haven, Mi      June 24,25 2017       

Second Place Spring Jubilee Festival
              Pendelton, SC                          April 2, 2016

Best of Show     Riverside Art  Festival                      Bay City, Michigan     June 13, 14 2015

First Place  Atalaya Art Festival              Huntington Beach State Park   Sept. 26-28 2014

Second Place    Atalaya Art Festival         Huntington Beach State Park      Sept. 27-29  2013

Merit Award     61st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival                  Fairhope, Al      March 15,16, 17  2013

Honorable mention Sanibel Arts and Crafts Festival  Sanibel Island Fl            February 16, 17 2013

Award of Distinction (2nd Place)                         Blowing Rock, NC            May 12, 2012

Best of Show     Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee Festival      Pendleton, SC      April 7 ,2012                          
Best of Category  -  Decorative Fiber         Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff        St. Joseph, Mich   July 9, 10, 2011

Purchase Award                  Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Fair          Charleston, SC      June 3, 2011

Honorable mention       Sanibel Arts and Crafts Festival     Sanibel Island FL     Feb.2011                    
www.SanibleCaptivaDaily.com       (photos of event)                      

Honorable mention           Amelia Island Art Festival     Amelia Island, Fl.           Oct.  2010     

Second Place          Whalehead Club Arts Festival         Corolla, NC             June 23, 2010

Award of Distinction (2nd Place)                       Blowing Rock, NC              August 15, 2009

Award of Excellence   (Best of Show)              Blowing Rock, NC                    May 17, 2008

Judge's Choice Blue Ribbon      Amelia Island Fall Art Festival       Amelia Island, Fl         Nov.
Fourth Place  32nd Annual Atalaya Art Festival      Huntington Beach, SC         Sept. 2007

Award of Excellence  Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair     Ann Arbor, Michigan,          July 2007

First Place   37th Annual Golden Isles Festival    St. Simons Island, Ga.     October 2006

Award of Excellence   Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair     Ann Arbor, Michigan,        July 2006

Batik Exhibit at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Upstate Visual Arts
Gallery                                                                                       July-August 2006

Honorable mention            Inman Park Arts Festival,            Atlanta, Ga. April 2006

First Place            34th Annual Eastern Shore Outdoor Art show,       Fairhope, Al.  March  2006

Second Place           Golden Isle Art Festival,       St. Simons Island, Ga.  Oct. 2005

Second Place           St. Augustine Arts Festival,            St. Augustine, Fl.   April 2005
Work Out
Harold at Atalaya Arts Festival
Phil and friends helping out at
Yellow Daisy Art Festival, Ga.
Best of Category-Krasl Art Festival
Best of Show
Pendleton Spring Jubilee Festival
Blowing Rock  , NC
Merit Award -Fairhope Arts Festival
2nd Place Atalaya Art Festival
Sanibel Arts and  crafts Festival
1st Place Atalaya  Arts Festival 2014
Best pf Show Riverside Art Festival 2015
2016 Spring Jubilee 2nd place
art & apples art festival
award of excellence.
Best in category sept.
newspaper article
Grand Haven Art Festival  June 2019
Honorable mention / Best in Category
1st place in Fibers  July 2019