Janet Graven Tourtellot

Charlotte, NC | In Memoriam

Artist Statement: Born in Charlotte, I lived and was educated in Charlotte and Long Island. I had no formal art training, but was encouraged by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg art instructor who was over all the city schools. I began painting folk art in 1964, under the encouragement of Mrs. Esten Bohannon. Also encouraged by Margaret and Guy Chesick, I applied for membership into the Piedmont Crafts Guild in 1968 and was accepted that year. Since that time I have painted over a thousand items, more usually than not by commission on a client’s antique pieces. A favorite was matching an unpainted antique chest to a very old antique painted trunk.

Obituary: February 3, 1939 – March 15, 2021 Charlotte, North Carolina – Our beloved Janet Phyllis Graven Tourtellot passed away Monday March 15, 2021 at home in the company of her husband Bob and her sister Carol, after a period of declining health. Janet was born February 3, 1939 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, the first child of the loving late Edna Matilda Gartelman Graven and Richard Francis Paul Graven. Janet is survived by her husband Bob, her sister and brother-in-law Carol Graven Layton and David H. Layton, Jr., her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and ChiChi (Sandra Queen) Tourtellot, their children Billy (Jeanne), Richie (Pamela) and Beth Tourtellot and their children.

Exhibiting Member 1968-2021