Gallery open Tuesday through Sat. 11AM to 5 PM
Featured Artists for August
Joanne Berry and Amy Gelley
A reception will be held
Saturday August 5th, 4 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Joanne Berry was raised in New Jersey, and influenced artistically by high school field trips to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Art Museum. The first painting I ever sold was to my art teacher after winning first place in our high school art show. While attending the U of A, I studied art and dance.
After relocating to Sierra Vista in 1979, I married and raised 3 children, while also working as a government contractor for 17 years. This job involved drafting architectural, engineering, and isometric type drawings using a CADD system. After leaving the government contracting in 2002, I pursued painting again.
In Bisbee, I opened a custom picture framing business, and soon after, opened a gallery, displaying the art of 10 artists, including myself. The gallery was closed in 2010, so I could open a home based studio, Blue Mustard Seed Studios. At my studio, I offered art instruction for adults and children, as well as mosaic classes. During this time, I joined the HAA, becoming more involved with the local art community, Each summer, theme oriented art camps are offered for children and teenagers. At the end of each summer, I hosted the annual student art show, showcasing over 100 pieces of artwork for the viewing please of 100+ guests.
This year, my design, Extraordinary Skies Uncommon Ground was selected for the city mural. I was also approached to pain the mural, because of my previous mural experience. On June 30, 2017, the mural was completed and will be dedicated to the City in September, 2017.
Amy Gelley has never been formally trained in the world of art. I was first introduced to the “GOURD” world in 2000 at a Home and Garden show in Phoenix, AZ. We moved to the Phoenix area in 1975, raised quarter horses, worked and retired to Sierra Vista in 2004. The first gourd I had discovered in 2000 is one of my prized possession. I decided upon retiring that I would look in the concept of gourd ‘art’.
I have been fortunate in meeting great people in this venture, taken some fantastic workshops from real “artists” in the gourd field and I have read a lot. I learned the tremendous versatility in working with gourds. in 2009 I was encouraged by friends to join the HAA. The HAA was brought so much wisdom and guidance to me and I feel blessed every day to have become a member of such an inspiring association. I want to thank my gourd friends and members for providing me the opportunity to display my “gourd art”. I take great pride and privilege in joining a wonderful Artist, Joanne Berry in the Featured Artist program at the Gallery.