Jackson County has been very blessed with an abundance of talent and at the top of that list would be the late Jane Ludlum Pender. Jane Pender passed away at age 57 in 2004. Although her passing left an emptiness with her family and to the fine arts world, her works continue to enrich those who are privileged to see or own any of her works.
Through the kindness of her children, her private collection will be on loan to Chipola beginning today. At 6 p.m. this evening, a Gallery opening will be held in the Chipola College Center for the Arts Gallery. Pender is remembered for her love of history and her ability to capture in great detail life in the Chipola District.
Pender studied art at the University of Alabama as well as under numerous instructors. She won numerous awards for her paintings and drawings, many of which are featured in the book, Jackson County Florida, A History.
Pender had four children, Laurence, III, Patti Pender Johnson, Elizabeth Pender Glover, and Adris Pender. They all have the same adoration and love for her and the morals she bestowed on them. Laurence says, “My mother was a very demanding person, would not accept failure. She wanted us to be successful. She always served her plate last, made sure her children had what we needed first. My mom wanted to make sure they could provide for us what they could, maybe wasn’t the best there was, but it was always what we needed. Momma and daddy wanted us to be able to make a living with our hands. Her art spilled over to us and we are successful because of that. But most of all, she loved doing what she did.”
Patti reiterates much of the same, “I was the youngest, only three years difference in the four kids. She expected me to do my best, to do it right no matter what it was. I attribute my success in sports to living by her inspiration. She was like that by her drawing, she wanted it to be the best.”