In Jan's early years in college, 1956-1960 ,at Long Beach City College and graduating from UCLA art department, she found her love of developing art from found objects This was long before the current interest in this process.
Opportunities developed in the Interior Design industry leading to her founding of JTA in 1980. Her to the trade showroom became a go to place for it's unique collection, specializing in contemporary/ethnic home furnishings and art.
In 2001 after tearing out a wooden deck at their home retreat in Encinitas, California, Jan felt the urge to once again create art from what would normally be considered trash. The wood from this deck is now in many homes and places of business enhanced with wood burning, metal, reeds and other found objects.
The summer of 2012 Jan closed her showroom at the LAMart. After all of these years she couldn't quit completely. This web site will show the collection of home furnishings she wants to make still available, as well as African artifacts on display at her home gallery in Encinitas. Appointments are welcome.
Much of her semi-retirement will be to devote time to her passion, finding harmony in putting together
"stuff". Thus the second chapter of JTA will be Jan Trabin Art. Join our E-mail list and be kept up to date on venues where JTArt can be seen.