"Open Windows" exhibit featured at UMFK Blake Library Gallery

August 19, 2013

<p>"The Open Windows"</p>

"The Open Windows"

The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will host exhibit “Open Windows” by Joan H. Lee through Friday, September 27, 2013.

“This exhibit is, as it were, an invitation to you to step into my studio for a brief visit, see how I work, what I do -- what goes on to a home somewhere "out there" and what hangs around my drawing board or easel for a while before stepping out into the world from which all my ideas come,” says Lee.

On Saturday, September 14, in conjunction with the UMFK Homecoming/Scarecrow Festival celebration, Joan Lee has planned an art talk/demonstration to be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. She invites you to stop by the library and chat a bit while she works on a recent project. I'm not sure yet which one it will be -- illumination, watercolor, or perhaps a drawing. There might be a piece of paper and some pencils so that you can join me and ask questions while we both work. Joan is looking forward to it. The art talk/demonstration is free and open to the public.

Lee adds, “A little unorthodox for an art exhibit, some might say. That's part of the fun of being an artist. We follow our muse wherever she leads and one muse is always more adventuresome than another.”

Joan H. Lee was educated at Roosevelt University, Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and did graduate work in the Master of Arts in Comparative Literature program.

She has been a writer all her life, earning awards in short fiction. Joan was owner and publisher of an independent literary publishing company, for which she received the NY Harry Smith Award for publishing work of literary excellence. The press published limited edition short fiction, juveniles, and art. That was a long time ago and just this summer, while participating in the Iowa Writers Festival a University of Chicago Ph.D. candidate asked for an interview. Her topic is the "old days," the 60s and 70s of small independent publishing -- a wild time, indeed.

Joan Lee earned a Certificate in Law for Community Developers from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, and for a while worked as a "street worker" helping ex-offenders readjust to community life, did fundraising for the American Indian Center, Chicago, and, most fun of all, was dog handler in Search and Rescue in Pennsylvania with her K9 partner, Mike, a Belgian Malinois.

She has exhibited in regional and national juried and invitational fine arts competitions, earning a purchase award, including New Mexico State Museum, Philbrook Art Center, National Wildlife Federation, Denver Botanic Garden, and Fairbanks Museum.

A now retired member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Joan has conducted workshops and made presentations for the guild at University of California Santa Cruz, Duke University, Southern Colorado University, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Joan Lee now writes and paints full-time.

The exhibit may be view during regular Blake Library hours. For more information, please contact Gallery Curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.

To view the library's website go to: http://www.umfk.edu/library/