Green Fields Art Teacher Gets First Solo Exhibition at Contreras Gallery

July 6, 2012

“When Light Speaks” is a solo exhibition by Tucson artist and teacher Jane Buckman. The show of paintings and pastels opens at the Contreras Gallery, 110 E. 6th St., with a reception July 7 and continues through July 28.

A painting by Jane Buckman.

Buckman is celebrating 50 years as a painter and 29 years of teaching art at Green Fields Country Day School. This is her first solo exhibition.

“The paintings contain subtleties of our desert’s light, storms and clouds. Things are not seen as they are and I do not attempt to imitate reality,” she said.

Her art is in private and corporate collections and has been exhibited in a number of galleries.

Buckman combined her passions for education and art when she illustrated the children’s book “Elena and the Coin,” published by Desert Archeology.

She graduated from Pennsylvania State University, completing both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in art education. She then developed her technique while living in a secluded log cabin in the Pennsylvania mountains. That’s where she established her respect for the environment and an understanding of the importance of reflection in the artistic process.

She’s taught students in grades 1 through 12.

“I sometimes use my art as example – but avoid influencing my students to do anything except what is true to themselves,” she said.

The Visual Arts Center on the 22-acre Green Fields campus is housed in a geodesic dome built in 1975 with the help of students from the University of Arizona.

Buckman continues to be inspired by the innovative and creative minds of her students. Watching a student’s unique talent emerge is a process that continues to amaze her.

Buckman and her Green Fields students have earned many awards over the years including the RISD Annual Art Award, Kodak Medallion Award and the Scholastic Arts Program Award. Buckman also received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association.

“This show is an opportunity for students, families and our community to see me as an artist,” she said.

The exhibition opens with a reception Saturday, July 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. and continues through July. The gallery is located in the Historic Warehouse Arts District at 110 E. 6th St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact the gallery at (520) 398-6557 or visit