Exhibition news

Art Makers North: Group Show
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Road
Northfield, IL 60093
March 1 - April 25, 2018


Small But Mighty
Christopher Art Gallery
Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL

January 3-26, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, January 12, 4:30-7:00 pm

This piece will be exhibited in Small But Mighty.
Exhibition juror: Aron Packer

Nest, 2014, oil on panel, 10" x 18"

Future You
Christ Church
Lake Forest, IL

September 10 - October 23, 2016
If I Stay, 2016, acrylic with technique mixte on canvas, 12" x 12"
This piece is featured in the FutureYou exhibition at Christ Church, Lake Forest, IL, in conjunction with the 2016 Fall Sermon Series, FutureYou.  Exhibition dates: September 10 - October 23, 2016.

Artist Statement
If I Stay explores the dilemma posed by threatening circumstances: to stay with the familiar or to flee?  In this painting, a bird clings to its nest while fire rages all around it.

DEEP: an exhibition at Christ Church in conjunction with the fall sermon series

Teach Us to Number Our Days

Teach Us to Number Our Days, 2015, oil on panel
Link to the exhibition catalog: DEEP


Jane Ellefson
Teach Us to Number Our Days
Oil on panel

This is a painting about divine design, wisdom, and humility.  It depicts my father’s transition into eternity and is based on Psalm 90:12, “Lord, teach us to number our days aright so that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” and Proverbs 11:2, “With humility comes wisdom.”

God’s wisdom is evident throughout all creation and is woven into the intricacies of our lives – even to the moment of our death.  The superimposed grid and spiral reference the mathematical Golden Mean (aka Divine Proportion), which is echoed in the spiral of the shell.  This work references Lamentation of the Dead Christ by Mantegna.

VIEW: The Kitchen Table
North Shore Art League
620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093
Opening Reception: February 5, 2015, 6:30-8:00 pm
Show Dates: February 5 - March 16

 Two of my paintings will be exhibited in this show.

One Tomato, 2013, oil on linen panel, 6 x 6, $800

Persimmons on a Pewter Plate, 2014, oil on panel, 9 x 12, $1500

June 6, 2014
Steven Jones and Jane Ellefson: Hanging It Up
College of Lake County gallerists, Steven Jones and Jane Ellefson are retiring in June.  This farewell exhibit will feature still-life paintings by both artists.

Still Life Now: Nine Contemporary Artists in ArtSpace/Lima, Lima, OH opened on November 4, 2011 and continues through December 17. I was invited to show 3 paintings and 4 graphite drawings.
Still Life Now: Nine Contemporary Artists at Art/Space Lima 
To listen to the interview: video interview

Recent Works, 31st Annual Juried Art Competition for Lake County Artists.  October/November 2011
I am overtired of the great harvest I myself desired, 2011, oil on linen  

Two drawings were juried in for Recent Works, the 30th Annual Juried Art Competition for Lake County artists.  The opening reception is Friday, October 1, 7-9 pm at Wright Gallery, College of Lake County.


Two of my pieces were selected for The Farm: Images from the Heartland at the Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, IL.  Exhibition dates: August 21 - November 14, 2010.  Opening reception: Sunday, August 22, 1-4 pm.
Touby Farmhouse: Back Steps, 2001, mixed media
Indiana Farm #1, 2001, graphite on paper

Two of my paintings were juried into the Biennial for Contemporary Realism at Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN.  Exhibition dates: September 3 - November 7, 2010.  Opening Reception: Friday, September 10, 6:30-9:30 pm.  Lecture by juror: 6:30.

Pewter Pitcher with Oranges, 2008, oil on linen
Orange Spiral #3, 2009, oil on canvas


The State of United Americas, 2010, woven paper

was selected for exhibition in Collective Singular at Core Annex Gallery in Denver in conjunction with the inaugural Biennial of the Americas in Denver this summer.  Exhibition dates: July 8 - July 25, 2010.

Take a look at the YouTube video (below) posted by Sandra Ceas, curator of the Collective Singular exhibition.


  1. Hey, these are fantabulous art works. I am just in love with each and everything. I am also a newbie artist and it is my dream to host a custom gallery show. I might host one soon at some domestic Los Angeles event venues.