Janet Gervers is a Venice Beach, CA based artist, designer and blogger.
Janet is a digital design specialist, whether it’s interactive website design, social media graphics, branding or SEO with her digital media studio, Jagmedia. Starting with a graphic design degree from the University of Cincinnati, in the School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning that included assignments in New York, Chicago and Boca Raton, FL during school. A Graphic Design at a Division of Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati, Ohio for four years came about after graduation. Eventually making the move to San Francisco in the mid-nineties sparked an interactive design path that led to Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
Digital art has been the focus of Janet’s art career in the past decade. She is a digital pioneer and one of the first to experiment with interactive technologies to create art, in addition to painting and drawing. Janet founded Venice Art Collective, an art group that gave opportunities to local artists to exhibit their works of art in a gallery setting from 2003-08, at a time when this was not the norm and was a precursor to the current Venice Art Crawl.
An extension of Janet’s interactive digital career trajectory led to the founding of Abbot Kinney First Fridays.com – a popular Venice lifestyle blog focusing on where to eat, shop and play in this famous beach side town in Los Angeles. The blog also covers Silicon Beach: the Venice and Santa Monica local startup, creative, tech and entrepreneurial scene and celebrity events such as the opening of new restaurant, Rock and Brews at LAX with rock legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from Kiss and the Venice Holiday Sign Lighting with Robert Downey, Jr. In addition, Janet previously wrote an events column for Venice Patch.