Recognized by her peers as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable fine art photography dealers, Janet Sirmon, the owner of Janet Sirmon Fine Art Gallery, has spent several decades serving a distinguished and discerning client base of museum curators and private collectors. Janet, an alumnus of the famed Pratt Institute, is known for her expertise across the full spectrum of the photography medium, especially with regard to the Czech artists of the 1920s through the 1940s. On the occasions in which the gallery does not demand her immediate attention, Janet enjoys pursuing several hobbies and holds yoga and running in particularly high esteem.
What is your hobby?
Obviously, I am deeply passionate about photography, but I also enjoy running and engage in yoga practice on a regular basis.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
I started running when I was a teenager. Growing up my family was always physically active – it’s just part of who I am.
Tell us what you love about it.
In addition to the mental, physical, and spiritual health benefits, I love that running and yoga seem to complement each other so perfectly. Running encourages creative thought and makes it possible to move through space in such a natural way, while yoga encourages a deep, calming kind of inner reflection.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
Yoga and running are both quite popular throughout Los Angeles, so I attend a yoga studio in my neighborhood and am part of a running group that meets up every weekend.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
Just running shoes and a yoga mat! I should have mentioned how much I appreciate the
simplicity of both pursuits.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
There is a running-specific shoe store nearby, and I try to change out my shoes every 200-300 miles. The yoga mat is a bit more durable, but if I ever need to make a change my yoga studio has new ones available.
Are there any good books for beginners?
“Zen and the Art of Running” is a good one for beginners.
How has this changed your life?
Since I’ve been running and practicing yoga on a consistent basis, I’ve felt incredibly energized each and every day.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Build up mileage slowly to prevent injury, and take along a buddy!
Are there any other hobbies you have?
Skiing and golf. The great thing about Southern California is that during the winter months you could conceivably do both in one day