Please join us for an artist reception on
Thursday, Nov 2 from 5:30-7 pm atF-Town Brewing
Driven to Abstraction
Mixed Media work by Joyce Francis
Oct 4-Dec 31, 2017
“TO INCREASE THE QUALITY OF THE DAY, THAT IS THE HIGHEST OF ARTS”
-HENRY DAVID THOREAU
This quotation has been my mantra since I first started studying calligraphy in the mid 1970s. I
came to realize that art is one of the most profound means to “increase the quality of the day.”
THIS I BELIEVE:
I believe that everyone should own a little piece of original art that adds light to the day. A glance at the colors, shapes, textures and the many other aspects of a piece of art has the power to lift the spirit.
My mission is to bring more color into your daily life.
I am updating this mission statement on October 4, 2017 and feel even more strongly that we need art and color in our lives. The current times are too often dark, heavy, confusing, and depressing. Art offers a bit of color and light into these days. Art can channel and hold emotions that otherwise get stuck inside our heads. We strive digest and resolve obvious daily issues that confront us. But we also need to create and maintain joy in our lives. I believe even a little bit of art will feed that joy and encourage us along our way.
Joyce is a calligrapher and paper artist living in Northfield, Minnesota. A maniac for color, she has a lifetime love of paper, ink, and letters. Over the years her work has expanded beyond calligraphy into development of a line of cards and prints featuring her paper batik artwork, the “Northfield Fairies,” Zentangle-inspired cards, and cards using her current artwork.
In fall of 2012 Joyce initiated a major departure from calligraphy and Zentangle. She began studying non-objective painting and drawing. Joyce’s “Art for Small Spaces” series evolved out of daily experimentation which explored many different styles of painting and collage. The works in this exhibit feature Joyce’s exploration of color and line. The fun of sharing the art is a bonus added to her joy of creating it.
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