JOAN POLISHOOK, artist

I welcome you, one and all to my blog and share with you my passion for country as depicted in many of my award winning landscapes. It is pure joy to paint en plein air in this wonderful and picturesque state of Pennsylvania where I live. Mother Nature's Studio is all around me, and inspires me throughout the year's changing seasons.

My career as an artist has been a journey down many roads experimenting with a variety of mediums and creative techniques. As my hand guides my paintbrush it is my basic love of nature that always prevails. One sees in my country scenes, whether created with oil, acrylic, watercolor or ink, on paper or canvas, style and a mood.

Selected paintings and drawings are on permanent display at Grey Towers NHL in Milford, PA and the Dorflinger-Suydam Sanctuary in White Mills. I have had solo shows at the Dutot Museum in Delaware Water Gap, Kettle Creek, Golden Fish and Looking Glass Galleries, and the Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley. My work has been exhibited at the PA state capital, the Chautauqua Institute, the Westfield, NJ Art Association, and The Art Loft in Mayville, New York. My work has travelled into private art collections in the US and abroad. I have been awarded numerous prizes through participation in juried shows; my work has appeared on posters, the covers of magazines and in newspapers.

It was from the City University of New York that I received my BA in Art, and I was a teacher of early childhood classes before retiring to pursue my art interests full-time. To see more of the my work, visit the gallery page of my website at:
http://www.joanpolishook-art.com/

Thursday, March 10, 2016

UPDATED NEWS






Plein air artist and program founder Joan Polishook

Come Paint With Me plein air painters now in its 19th year, continues to offer the FREE outdoor painting program to adult and serious young artists.  Scaled down this year the sessions are designed in a way that will allow artists to explore new horizons on their own.

During the months of July and August the schedule will include a return to favorite sites.  June, and the latter part of August through mid September will give everyone the opportunity to paint at places of one's own choosing. A suggested list of public friendly sites is available below with this year's schedule.

Having learned the drill over the years, most will remember to arrive at  the sites at 10 AM equipped with tote bags bulging with materials, easels and not to forget a brown bag lunch.  A search begins for choosing the most inspiring scenic views from which to draw or paint.  The casual weekly treks bring together old friends while welcoming new artists; all who share a common interest in the arts through plein air painting. On site, their individual interpretations emerge on paper and canvas, a record of their impressions of the natural surround. Many of the specially chosen sites are familiar places that have nourished the artists' creative appetites in the past and continue to spark further growth and development of their artistic skills.

All artists will have the opportunity to have their works showcased in a special group show open to  plein air painters.  PLEIN AIR - ALL SEASONS will take place at The Gallery @ Chant Realtors in Lords Valley, PA during the months of November/December.

An overwhelming response to Come Paint With Me these past 19 years attests to its value in contributing enormously to the artists in ways that have energized the confidence of those just starting out and adding support to the creative integrity of the more accomplished. Though there is no formal instruction given, time is set aside at each session for sharing and gentle critique, a chance to learn from one another, and perhaps gain new perspectives, guidance and inspiration.

Please join me and your fellow artists this year as we look forward once again to sharing creative moments with each other.
  Joan Polishook
www.joanpolishook-art.com


                                                           2016 SCHEDULE (in brief)*

                                                          THURSDAYS 10 AM - 3 PM

ON YOUR OWN IN JUNE


JULY 7 -   DORFLINGER-SUYDAM SANCTUARY, White Mills, PA
JULY 14 - GREY TOWERS, MILFORD, PA
JULY 21 - SETTLERS' INN GARDENS, HAWLEY, PA
JULY 28 - LORDS VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB AT HEMLOCK FARMS, advance registration required. Call 570 775-6896 one week ahead.


AUGUST 4 -  FAIR ACRES FARM/NURSERY, SUSSEX, NJ
AUGUST 11 - LUKANS FARM RESORT, HAWLEY, PA
AUGUST 18 - GREY TOWERS

ON YOUR OWN MID-AUGUST - MID SEPTEMBER

SUGGESTED ON YOUR OWN SITES IN ADDITION TO ARTISTS' PERSONAL CHOICES: 
Promised Land State Park,  PA, Main Street Narrowsburg, NY, Lackawaxen & Roeblings Bridge, PA, Shohola Falls, PA, Lake Region Visitors Center on Lake Wallenpaupak, PA, Pecks Pond @ Brewster Rd. near Hemlock Farms via Rte 402.

NOTE:
Schedule subject to change based upon site availability.  Participation at artists' own risk.
Artists meet on site bringing their own materials and picnic lunch.  Transportation is individual.  Ample parking and restrooms at all locations.
Artists are responsible for clean-up. Facilities MAY NOT be used for clean-up of art supplies.  Please make every effort to respect and preserve the areas that you visit.
CALL  JOAN POLISHOOK 570 775-6896 BEFORE 9 AM ON THE APPOINTED DAY IF IN DOUBT ABOUT THE WEATHER or for more info on the program.



                     
Plein air artists on site

For a more complete copy of the 2016 COME PAINT WITH ME brochure with detailed directions, please visit the website:
                                                     www.joanpolishook-art.com
and click on COME PAINT WITH ME or send a  stamped, self addressed business size envelope to Joan Polishook,  1686 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428. 

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MORE ART NEWS FROM JOAN

2016 art shows in which I participated included Art in Sixes at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg, NY,  group shows at the new Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, The Earth Speaks at the Pocono Arts Council, annual member show at Pocono Arts Council, An Arrangement of Paintings in the barn at Hemlock Farms,  Pocono Mountain Arts Council show at the Barrett Township Library, A woman's Perspective at SCAHC, the Curator's Corner at The Gallery @ Chant Realtors and Skylands annual juried show.  In July I will be curating a group show for Hemlock Farms artists at the Gallery at Chant Realtors. Once again this summer I will be represented with a series of small works at The Art Loft Gallery in Chautauqua, NY  and  am planning to show two of my Chautauqua paintings at the Visual Arts at Chautauqua member show in August.

From brush to pen, my writing muse continues to inspire me and I am writing more short stories creative fiction rather than memoir. My newest book Poetry and Paint, copies still available has captured the hearts of many.




The Hemlock Writers of which I am a member has published a third anthology, a project which I have played a role in coordinating with Marianna Knowles, Kathy Grimaldi, Lorraine Davis, Kathy McNamara, my graphic designer daughter Emily Thompson and Spenser Printing of Hinsdale, P:A. 

I have recently met several new artists and writers here in the Hemlock Community and I am pleased to support their interests in the arts and welcome them to participate in the local shows and organizations.Each month I write a column for the Hemlock News called "Arts Up" and try to reach out to those in the community who have an interest in the arts.




Copies of  THE HOUSE ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, are all sold out, but are still available from http://www.lulu.com/ and also from http://www.amazon.com. I still have a few copies of BOUQUET  a collection of short stories depicting interesting characters, exciting events and special things all gathered from the seeds of memory. It  too is available from the above sources.






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On the Gallery Scene, these paintings and others can be viewed on my website. I am constantly painting and always have new work available at my studio by appointment.

Hillside Stream, oil

Golden Field, oil

Shed in Winter, Oil

Still Life with Grapes, oil


mountain stream  oil




Sunday, June 15, 2014


THE GALLERY AT CHANT REALTORS


Joan Polishook, curator with 
Associate Broker George Schmitt 
and artist Bea Dannenfelser

Conveniently located at 631 Route 739, just south of I-84, Exit 34 in Lords Valley, THE GALLERY AT CHANT REALTORS has for more than twenty-five years offered opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work. Because of a keen interest in the arts, the generosity of Associate Broker George Schmitt and his associates, many well known and award winning artists have been featured. A major summertime group show featuring artists from the Hemlock Farms Community kicks off a year of two-month period solo or group shows featuring artists from near and far. The gallery which is comprised of the reception area, central hallway and large conference room is well lit and equipped with a professional hanging system. Meet-the-artist receptions are typically held on the first Saturday of the month from 5-7 PM except in July when the group show reception is held on a Friday. The office/gallery is open 7 days a week from 9-5. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, call 570-775-7337. Volunteer Curator for the gallery is artist, Joan Polishook. Upcoming shows are scheduled into 2016.