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Joan Levy Earle ( b.1944)

Born May 1st, 1944 in Montreal, Quebec Canada, she is a self-taught artist, who received guidance from Antanas and Anastasia Tamosaitis, Lithuanian artists from the Kingston area.  Also, five years of tutoring from the late Grace MacLeod, landscape artist.

Past-President:
Cornwall Arts Development Committee

Founding member:
Cornwall Regional Art Gallery

Former Artistic Director:
Worldfest International Dance Festival (1986)

Founder:
Cornwall Majorette School (1967-1981)
Alexandria Majorettes (1972 – 1979)
Scarborough Majorette School (1963 – 1966)

Author Of:
Welcome to My World(1977) The Tree of Life (1983)
A Circle of Love (1984) Thursday’s Dream (1985)
Helpmates of God (1995) The Adoration Rosary (1999)
Hopelines: Thoughts for the 21st Century (2000)
Jack's Farm (2006)
Train Ride to Destiny (2009)

Former radio announcer; had her own half-hour Rosary program weekly from 1984 – 1986
Operated The Sanctuary, a stationery-bookstore in Cornwall, Ontario from 1988 – 2002
Writing a weekly column called HOPELINES for the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder newspaper (since 1987)  Regular contributor to Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart magazine (20 years) and now works as Associate Editor for the magazine
JACK’S FARM was selected as the “Community Reads” Book for the year 2006-2007 at the Cornwall Public Library. Joan gave several presentations and readings about the books at that time.

Member of The Writer's Union of Canada

Artist's Statement:
My preferred medium is oil; however for sketching trips, painting in watercolour and working oil pastel sketches is more practical and portable.

Like my mentor, Emily Carr, I am seeking to paint the spirit of God in nature, and the essence of that spirituality is important to me.  Through the use of colour, which I enjoy exploring, I hope to offer optimistic impressions to the viewer of my interpretation of the glorious Canadian landscape.

I also enjoy painting the Madonna, and other religious pieces.  Several of these paintings are hanging in local churches and rectories as reminders of the value of my faith and how it is the foundation of my whole life.


Selected Exhibitions:
1977 -1979  Solo exhibitions in Cornwall , Ontario
1980  First Toronto exhibition
1982 – 1984  Participated in Festival de Arts, Montreal , Que
1982  Solo show, Royal Trust Tower , Toronto , On
1983  First exhibition in Kingston,On
1983  Fall exhibition, Coral Studio, Unionville, On
1984  Bicentennial, Invitational Group Show, Cornwall , On
1985  Fall showing, Royal York Hotel, Toronto , On
1986  Solo exhibition, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery
1986   C.R.A.G. Summer Traveling Group Show
1986  Wood House Museum , Solo Show, Cornwall , On
1986  MacDonald Club, Artist of the Month, Ottawa , On
1986  Del Bello Gallery, Juried Exhibition, International Miniatures, Toronto , On
1987  Kingston Public Library, Wilson Room , Solo Show (February)
1987  Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery, Scarborough , Solo Show (May)
1987  Cornwall Regional Art Gallery , Solo Show, (November) Cornwall , On
1988  Belleville Public Library Gallery, Solo Show
1995  C.R.A.G. Trees and Sky, Tribute to 50th anniversary of Emily Carr’s death, Solo Show
1996  Earth and Sky: Combined exhibition with clay artist, Janet Keefe at Gallery Collections, Windsor
1996  On Boulders and Branches, Second showing of work with clay artist,  Janet Keefe, Nor’Westers and Loyalist’s Museum, Williamstown, On
2003  Homeward Bound: An Exhibition of new paintings, Lancaster , On
2004   Participated in Apples & Art Studio Tour, Cornwall area
2004  Group showing, Arbor Gallery, Vankleek Hill , Ontario
2005  “Flying Solo” exhibition, Lancaster , On
2005  “Art in the Family” Cornwall Regional Art Gallery , with Edgar  Levy, Joan’s father, and John Earle , and Lisa Earle , her children
2007  Tribute to Jack’s Farm, major exhibition, Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery, Scarborough , On
2008  Group Show, Opus 3, The Abbey for the Arts, North Lancaster , On
 
Special Projects:
1984  Volunteered as Artist in Residence, Nativity School , Cornwall , On.  Set up studio in one of the classrooms for two months; painted a series based on the music of Andre Gagnon.   Students participated through observation and also150 students created their own painting.   Exhibition was held at the school of both artist’s work and that of the students.   This series was later shown at an Andre Gagnon concert, and also, at the Palais  de Congres in Montreal , Quebec .

1985   Volunteered for three months as Artist in Residence, Iona Academy , St. Raphael’s, Ontario .  Set up studio in school and created a series of paintings based on the music of Roger Whittaker.   Regular visits to the studio by the students, learning techniques, and then doing their own paintings under the guidance of the artist.   Students were from kindergarten to grade eight.   Followed up by school exhibition, and showing at Cornwall Gallery.

1987  Volunteered as Artist in Residence, Mohawk School , Akwesasne Reserve near Cornwall , On.   Presentation of the work of poet Wallace Havelock Robb, Canadian poet who specialized in writing about native people.  (W.H.Robb resided at Abbey Dawn, near Kingston , On)   A series of paintings was created based on his poetry,and worked with senior students on painting technique, with regular visits to the studio classroom, and followed this by a painting demonstration in each class.  Students and the artist combined efforts to present an exhibition of all of the paintings at the end of the project, which took two months.  The artist followed this with a special showing at the Belleville Library gallery in 1988 to celebrate the centennial of Robb’s birth in Belleville in 1888

Information provided by Lisette Ruch whose source is the artist's website.

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