ABOUT JANEEN MASON
Author and artist, Janeen Mason's colorful work appears in schools, libraries, museums, aquariums, and zoos nationwide. She is the author and illustrator of the national award winning OCEAN COMMOTION series, Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles!, Ocean Commotion: Life on the Reef, and Ocean Commotion: Caught in the Currents. Her book Gift of the Magpie received rave reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. When she adapted and illustrated one of John Denver's best loved songs For Baby (for Bobbie), it won the Ben Franklin Award. Other titles illustrated by Janeen include the beloved Kissimmee Pete books and Pirate Pink books written by Jan Day. Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun written by Marianne Berkes received three national awards and was a finalist for the 2012 Florida Reading Association Book of the Year Award. Most of Ms. Mason's titles are on the Accelerated Reader List.
A passionate arts advocate, Janeen Mason served on the Florida Council on Arts and Culture where she had been appointed by two Senate Presidents. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens for Florida Arts and as Secretary of the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Florida. Janeen created the position of Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in Florida and served in that capacity for five years.
Ms. Mason's fine art is collected by Burt Reynolds, Reba McEntire, S. Kent Rockwell, and Evan Lloyd, to name a few. Information on her solo exhibition featuring 100 pieces of original picture book illustrations can be found by clicking on the exhibition information button below.
Mason is an enthusiastic speaker at schools, workshops, and seminars. She appeared on the PBS program NOVA Science NOW with the Mac Arthur Award Winner, Dr. Edie Widder, Sr. Scientist Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA). Janeen was a frequent guest on "The Art Spotlight" with Willi Miller, a South Florida NPR program, and she co-hosted a weekly radio program on the arts with Nancy Turrell, the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Stuart and Martin County.
Inspired By... is an ongoing quarterly series that members of the Arts Council of Stuart and Martin County continue to enjoy. Janeen interviews internationally known artists and performers in person in a casual setting in front of a live audience (based on Inside the Actor's Studio).
Her accolades include a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the National Award for Excellence in Communities, the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, the iParenting Media Award, and more.
Janeen Mason lives in Stuart, Florida, near the ocean that she loves.
Caught in the Currents of Change
Caught in the Currents of Change, like books, represents different cultures, schools of thought and points of view. Each square provides a different perspective much like a reader to a book. Over time, our point of view shifts in our lives as Wisdom and Experience dance.
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