Saturday Reception For Joy Neas
- Hi All,You are invited to a reception catered by Frank Neas for featured artist Joy Neas at the Elsie May Goodwin Gallery 1902 Pacific Ave., Stockton this coming Saturday, January 8, 2005 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you!____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Joy is presenting an exhibit entitled, “It’s About Time” that explores the many ways people use their time. It features photographs taken in numerous cities around the world highlighting cultural festivals and art related events.
Joy’s interest in art began in kindergarten when her mother paid her to draw cards for different occasions. Throughout elementary and junior high school Joy studied ceramics, macramé, and calligraphy. She took a break from studying art in high school although it was then that she received her first camera, which she used to capture travel experiences on a European school trip.
After graduation, Joy was reintroduced to creating fine art during a lifelong learning cruise to Alaska. Upon her return she decided to devote her life to art. She went to college and earned a two-year art degree. During her study she discovered the medium of collage, which she enjoys incorporating into her work.
Joy joined the El Sobrante Art Guild, an organization involved in promoting both arts and crafts, and served as Speaker Coordinator. She was an active member of the guild participating in biannual guild sponsored shows and a panel of judges to award art scholarships.
Continuing her art training Joy took workshops in oil, watercolor, pastel, tole painting and sumi nagashi. She fulfilled one of her art goals when she received a scholarship to the Academy of Art in San Francisco completing coursework in illustration. Joy shared her knowledge by teaching arts and crafts workshops at the MonTara Bay Community Center in San Pablo and an after school program in Pinole.
In 1993, Joy moved to Stockton and joined the Stockton Art League immersing herself in the arts in and around Stockton. Joy’s work has been in numerous shows including the Haggin, the Unitarian, Delicato’s Photography and 3-D shows, the Carriage show, Tracy’s Expressions show, Lodi’s Small Works and Mondavi show. She also has exhibited at the San Joaquin County Fair, the Heart of the Arts Gallery, the Art Center, the Mexican Heritage Center and the Elsie May Goodwin Gallery.
Other notable art ventures Joy has been involved in are Stockton’s Art Tour, once as part of a group exhibit with SAL members Ann Anderson and George Ladd and again at her home and creating sidewalk chalk art for Stockton’s Great Italian Street Painting Festival.
Joy has served as Visual Arts Coordinator for First Night and led art workshops at the Haggin Museum. She had her first one-woman show of photographs at the San Joaquin County Arts Council’s Office and was Featured Artist at the Tidewater Art Gallery during the September 11th tragedy.
Joy’s life went a new direction when SAL member Rosemary Fowell suggested she attend a meeting of Stockton’s Public Art Master Plan. She worked on a team that created conceptual designs for the master plan and hopes to create public art for cities in the future.
In 1998, Joy went back to school full-time. She earned her B. A. in Humanities from San Francisco State University in 2000 and her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from San Jose State University in 2004. Joy’s career goal is to bring art into urban planning.