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Laughing Spirits
The Artworks of Janice M. Smith


Time and location create the experiences that filter into the work of an artist.

To be able to bring that time and experience to celebrate my home state of New Mexico through my art has been a gift for which I am forever grateful.

Over the years working with many different media and gaining the knowledge of materials has led me to productive space where I can enjoy the texture of clay and the fluid motion of paint.

My career began at an early age. Though it was a humble beginning as a floral designer, for a young high school girl in the 1970's I was fortunate to fall under the tutelage of a woman who was willing to share a great deal of knowledge about design. Those elements of line, color, shape and texture served me well as I progressed through graphic design and printmaking at NMSU.  I continued to exhibit my work in museum shows and group events receiving awards for graphics and printmaking. My first award of note was presented by Michael Hurd for Blue ribbon graphics.

As my work began to sell and became a full time job, I traveled the southwest where I garnered many booth design awards and admittance to some of the nation's top shows.

During 40 years of traveling to juried shows I exhibited in as many as 26 shows per year and sold to numerous shops and galleries nationwide.

In 2020 I opened a small studio showroom in Old Town Albuquerque and was able to continue my work during the pandemic as well as sell the works of other artists. I recently closed that venue and am embarking on some of the most rewarding creations of my life. 

At this time I am accepting commissions, and open to new gallery representation.


Past awards and projects include but are not limited to-

Juried shows

Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals (Albuquerque, NM) 1995-2019

Fountain Hills Festivals of Fine Arts (Fountain Hills, AZ) 

Mill Avenue Arts (Tempe, AZ)

New Mexico Arts and Crafts Festival (Albuquerque)

The Harvest Festivals (California-multiple cities)

.......Dozens of others along the way.......


Past Projects

Holloman Air Force Base Training Center Artworks -1998

Branigan Cultural Center Foundation Board -1994


Current Galleries

Mountain Arts Gallery- Ruidoso, NM

Galleria Tamaya – Bernalillo, NM

Las Comadres Gallery, Taos, NM

NEW!!! Firefly Gallery-Jerome, AZ

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