Jane Seymour Keeps ‘Open Heart’ to the Arts

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Seymour wears jewelry from her Open Heart Collection.

The artwork of actress, artist and philanthropist Jane Seymour will be featured at this year’s [email protected] Adobe’s Solo Artist Show, sponsored by the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council. Also on exhibit will be fine art photography from the collection of Sean M. Flynn, Seymour’s son.

“This is very exciting,” said the Golden Globe-winning actress, who won for her leading role as Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. “Particularly since Sean will be featured with me. His work is phenomenal.”

Seymour will be making a personal appearance at the Reyes Adobe in Agoura Hills on Friday, March 13, from 6-9 p.m. to meet and greet visitors. “I’ll be available to answer questions and explain some of my paintings should anyone want to know the history behind them,” she said.

Illece Buckley Weber, mayor of Agoura Hills, said she is “honored” to welcome the city’s first locally featured woman solo artist. “Jane Seymour is a woman of many talents,” said Weber. “She is an accomplished actor, artist, designer of fashion,  jewelry and furniture,  philanthropist, mother and strong supporter of nature and our environment. She is an inspiration to woman of all ages.” 

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Self portrait in watercolor

Seymour’s watercolors, oil paintings, pastels and bronze sculptures will be on display and have been exhibited in numerous galleries and venues across North America. “I’ve been an artist longer than I’ve been an actress,” said the multiple award-winning artist who was educated at the Arts Educational School in her native England. “But I didn’t focus on it professionally until I turned 40.” She owns a gallery in Westlake Village.

Seymour is also known for her signature Open Heart Collection, which is sold at local Kay Jewelers and Jared stores. Money raised through sales of the jewelry go to Seymour’s Open Hearts Foundation. “The inspiration of the open heart came from my mother, who gave me the advice that love has no boundaries and flows unconditionally,” said the recipient of the Officer of the British Empire, which was bestowed upon her in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. “We promote the line with the sentiment, ‘Keep your heart open, and love will always find its way in.'”

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From the collection of Sean M. Flynn.

Each year, her foundation holds a gala honoring individuals who live their lives in accordance with the Open Heart philosophy. The 2012 honoree was Glen Campbell, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter currently suffering from Alzheimer’s, and Seymour produced Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song and three Grammy nominations. “We’re very proud of this documentary,” she said. “It’s been very well received.”

And not above making fun of her own work, Seymour recently conceived Dr. Quinn Morphine Woman (below), a “Funny or Die” YouTube spoof of her hit television series. To shoot it, many of the original cast and crew members returned to Paramount Ranch, the locale where most of the original series was filmed. “It was so much fun going back to [Paramount Ranch],” she said. “But it was sad to see that a lot of our sets were town down.” She added, “If you love our show and ‘Breaking Bad,’ you’ll love it.”

 

 

Patrons may also view one of Seymour’s period Dr. Quinn costumes from the popular television series. A portion of the proceeds from the sales during the exhibition will go to help sponsor Agoura Hills Cultural Arts 2015 Teen Art Show.

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Koi Fish in oils

“The City of Agoura Hills and its Cultural Arts Council is thrilled to have Jane Seymour as their featured Solo Artist,” said Amy Brink, director of community services. “Ms. Seymour is an extraordinary artist who cares so deeply about art and the beauty that life offers us. What a honor to have someone of her caliber represent the cultural experience that we are trying to create for people here in Agoura Hills.”

Admission to the opening night reception is free but RSVPs are appreciated for catering requirements; RSVP [email protected] or call 818-597-7362. The show runs March 3 – 31 at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site. Gallery times are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. The Reyes Adobe Historical Site is located at 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301.

The Solo Artist Show is sponsored by Cultural Arts Council of Agoura Hills, Sharon Berman & Gary Paller with Dilbeck Estates and DJS California Catering providing light hors d’oeuvres.

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