Art at OzSBI ~ Artist Janey Hale (sponsored by Council on the Arts)

February 13, 2024 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Ozarks Small Business Incubator
408 Washington Ave.



Local artist Janey Hale’s artwork will be featured on OzSBI’s first floor from the beginning of January through the end of March 2024. The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) have partnered to bring quarterly art displays to the incubator.  Visitors may view the display at the incubator during OzSBI’s business hours, anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Artist Statement:

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in creating. My earliest memories are of making things out of everyday objects, matchboxes became covered wagons, doll beds and treasure chest.  Going to school in the 50’s and 60’s I didn’t have formal art lessons.  A touring show of Old Master Painting was my first experience with “real” art. That show and an older high school student were the encouragement I needed to want to learn more.

Fast forward to college I majored in business because I didn’t know one could teach art much less make a living painting.  I married, had three boys, and worked various jobs that utilized my business background. When my sons were in school, I returned to college to major in art education.  College was a wonderful opportunity to experience and be exposed to artists both past and present.

I spent the next 28 years teaching high school students that art is what makes our life richer.  I was fortunate to have several gifted students along the way that I believe encouraged me as much as I did them.  I retired from teaching in 2016 and have since devoted my time to painting both in the studio and en plein air.  I still can’t imagine a time when I won’t be creating.  Art has truly made my life richer, through the friends I’ve made, the places I’ve been, and of course the process of creating.

I don’t have just one thing I like to paint. Could be the sun shining through a tree behind a chicken coop or an abandoned piece of farm machinery.  I hope my works tell a story or evoke a memory.  I feel so blessed to have this gift that I hope it blesses others when they view my work.

A Meet-the-Artist event will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024, 2-4 p.m. in OzSBI’s lobby at 408 Washington Ave. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend to meet Hale and view and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Madison Sutterfield

at OzSBI or WPCA Coordinator Audrey Scott <>