Joan Wiley, long time artist and member of the Redlands Art Association (over 24 years) of the Redlands Art Association will be showing some of her art work in the RAA gallery located at 215 East State Street. Joan will be the Featured Artist from November 28 thru December 19, 2009
How did she get started in art? As a child she was always drawing the cartoon characters from the newspapers. Then later she would design clothes for paper dolls and later yet she created and sewed clothing for herself which is a different form of art.
When she turned 50 she decided to go to college up at Crafton Hills College where she earned her AA Degree in Accounting. With that done she turned to art, something she always wanted to do. She took every course in art offered—–drawing, basic design, life drawing, painting, etc. She joined the Redlands Art Assoc. and because of her accounting decree, they asked her to be their treasurer, a position she held for over 22 years. She also became a member in the Yucaipa, the Loma Linda, the Fine Arts Institute and finally the Watercolor West group.
Joan’s first watercolor teacher was Doris Cook. Other local artist-teachers she studied with were Beryl Larkin, Jean Cranmer, Don O’Neill, Lucille Von Wolffersdorff, Ed Sotello, Joanna Mersereau and Kolan Peterson. She also took many workshop, traveling far, with world famous artist such as Frank Webb, Don Anderson, Gerald Brommer, George James, Arne Westerman, Judy Betts, Jerry Stitts, Tony Van Hasselt and Tom Fong to name a few. Feeling more confident in her art, she jokes that some of their teachings have finally rubbed off
Joan will be showing many of her small pieces which make lovely Xmas gifts. There will be a reception, open to the public, on Sunday December 13, 2009 from 2 to 4pm in the RAA Gallery. She invites all her friends, fellow artist, relatives and any interested people to join her for some light refreshments.