Local artist celebrates 50-year artistic career

Staff Reporter

One of the refreshing aspects of this past year has been watching the flexibility with which people respond to life. Adapting their plans to limitations placed on them has helped some people move forward.

2020 marked Joyce Burkholder’s fiftieth year as an artist, an accomplishment she is grateful to have achieved. She wanted to be able to celebrate this milestone in some way, and thanks to a collaboration with Madawaska Coffee in Barry’s Bay, she has been able to exhibit her art where it can be enjoyed by the public.

This current installation reflects Burkholder’s growth as an artist and her ongoing commitment to try new things. In her five decades as a professional artist, she has ventured into many types of art, working in many different media.

Burkholder’s curriculum vitae says, “She began her career as a textile artist in 1970, and in 1980 started painting, first on silk, and has since evolved to include watercolours, oils and acrylics to portray her prize-winning mystical landscapes of local Algonquin scenery. Joyce’s skilled use of glazing with many layers of thin, slightly transparent paint produce the subtle and sometimes dramatic lighting effects on canvas she is so well known for.”

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