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Wallowa Lake 55×55

October 1, 2022 - November 12, 2022

55 pieces of art by 55 years of age

A three-year journey exploring Wallowa Lake while exploring mediums, techniques and styles

Wallowa Lake 55×55 is the culmination of a three-year journey, by artist Joan Gilbert, exploring Wallowa Lake while experimenting with mediums, styles and techniques. Although the line between fine art and illustration is sometimes blurred, Joan, as a graphic designer and illustrator for 30 years, has been intrigued to be able to focus on art for art’s sake and not as a work assignment. But the question of what style or technique always stalled the process. Devoting three years to answer that question has resulted in a solo exhibit at the Josephy Center for Arts & Culture. With this exhibit Joan hopes to show the path, struggles, and successes of an artist—and to have found a style or two with which to move forward.

Joan Gilbert

In addition to a long career in graphic design, Gilbert has volunteered teaching art to kids in schools and camps throughout Eastern Oregon. She worked with the 2012 Enterprise Sixth Grade on a five-month animation project, which led to the six-minute animated short film Wallowa Lake – the REAL Story, and then three years later, to a children’s book of the same name. She has written and/or illustrated three other children’s books: ‘Twas the Night Before Round-Up (Author Nancy Atterbury, 2009), Little Prince Spaghetti (2011), and The Word Gobblers (Author Catherine Matthias, 2021).

In 2014, Gilbert expanded into exhibit design and created permanent exhibits for Josephy Center for Arts and Culture and designed a major portion of the exhibits for the newly-opened Wallowology! Natural History Discovery Center.

A catalog for the exhibit will be on sale at JCAC and other locations.

Click here to view the artwork for sale, and to purchase online!


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October 1, 2022
November 12, 2022
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Cheryl Coughlan


Josephy Center for Arts & Culture
403 N Main St
Joseph, OR 97846 United States
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