THE talent of our local artists never ceases to inspire.
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Many of these artists call the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre a second home.
Joy McLeod is one such talented artist.
Her works will be featured at the centre until 7 May.
Joy has always been fascinated by making marks on paper.
Her other great love is music which she studied for many years as well as other creative crafts. Joy completed a three year Showcard and Ticket Writing course at Maitland Technical College where she learned the craft of working with a lettering brush and paint to create eye-catching show cards and tickets which was a sought after skill before the digital age.
In 1990 Joy was fortunate enough to tour England and Europe where she became enthralled with the great Artists of the world.
Determined to pursue her artistic talent she enrolled for a semester with John Earle she then went on to complete a four year painting certificate course at TAFE working with oils, acrylics and mixed media.
In 1996 Joy was introduced to water colour and fell in love with this often frustrating, very challenging, but glorious medium.
Meryl Miller told News Of The Area, “Joy has attended many workshops and tutorials with notable artists whose work she greatly admires including Margaret Wright, Graham Bryce, Joseph Zbukvic, Madeleine Szymanski, Warwick Webb and the late Molly Flaxman.”
Joy’s work has been successfully exhibited around the Hunter Valley and has won numerous awards including First Prize in the recent 2019 Port Stephens Art Prize for her work entered into the category Port Stephens Art Prize – Our Natural Environment, her painting was called “Seascape Boat Harbour”.
Joy’s works hang in many homes, commercial and local government venues both in Australia and overseas.
You can view Joy’s work and that of other local artist is on display from 10-4om daily at the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre, Cultural Close, off Shoal Bay Road in Nelson Bay.
By Marian SAMPSON