Janie Koch is the mother of four including 21 year old twin boys which she lives with in her childhood home just outside the city limits of Pass Christian. The country setting is her biggest inspiration along with her children, dogs, horses, and chickens. Although she does not have an art degree, she loves art and is always working on something creative.
She used to say her claim to fame was the Biloxi Seafood Festival Poster in 1997. but that claim has changed to the Bay Bridgefest Poster that she won for 2009 and 2010 and then the Long Beach Kite Fest poster in 2010. She won the Pass Christian Oyster Festival Poster contest in 2012 also. Her entry won two years in a row for Christmas in the Pass in 2012 and 2013. She designed the 2013 St. Paul Seafood Festival Poster by request from her priest. Her motto is “You can’t win if you don’t enter”. She loves the Coast and it’s people and cultures. And the food is the best.
She also won the Mardi Gras doubloon contest in 1996 for the St. Paul Carnival Association.
When the Army Corps of Engineers was leaving the city of Pass Christian they asked the Pass Christian Art Association to help them with a logo for their closing ceremony in the Park. Janie came up with a simple design of a sand castle with a child’s pail and shovel topped with an American Flag. It was a winner and used on the cake and programs. The Art Association sold t-shirts. It was fun.
After hurricane Katrina, Janie and Connie Heitzmann wrote a book called “Gulf Coast Memory Scrapbook”. She and Connie enjoyed putting it together and getting to know the artist who contributed to it and the people they met at the book signings.
She has since delved into clay which is so versatile. She has her own kiln and has it going almost all the time. She is making jewelry from fired clay and she always does a themed Christmas ornament for “Christmas in the Pass”.
You can find her at the War Memorial Park in Pass Christian on Scenic Dr. most Saturday mornings from 8 to noon at the Farmer’s Market. She is set up at some of the local festivals also.