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  • 20 Mar 2020 7:24 PM | Anonymous

    The Joe is currently closed due to the  COVID-19 pandemic

    The COVID-19 virus's potential impact on volunteers, members, artists, and patrons is not something we take lightly.  We have been working with Forgotten Coast  Cultural Coalition (FCCC) in regard to the rescheduling of their Plein Air event.  This will have an impact on how we reschedule our shows as well. At this point, everything scheduled at The Joe will be cancelled until the appropriate health organizations have deemed the threat posed by the virus is past.

    Thru The Lens Photography Show - CANCELLED
    We have explored different options for this upcoming show--from rescheduling, canceling and holding it as an on-line show.  However, the logistics of creating an on-line show are not within our skill set at this time.  Rescheduling is still an option but, again, too many unknowns at this time. We will be contacting all the artists who entered with a number of options.  Our thanks to them for supporting this show.  We are all disappointed to miss their incredible photography.

    Supporting The Joe
    As a non-profit we depend on our member support. We having been growing strong roots in our communities and will recover after all this.  Our revenue stream from shows and sales of art work will be severely impacted by the COVID-19 health concerns.  Paying the bills has just gotten a little harder. So, when your membership comes due, please respond to that notice and renew.  Your support is so very much appreciated.  

    Stay safe. Stay healthy. Use this time to make art, work in the garden, do spring house cleaning, read that stack of books or magazines, try new recipes, FaceTime your loved ones, take walks on the beach (6 feet apart), go fishing, binge watch your favorite shows, hug your pets and appreciate life.

  • 10 Mar 2020 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    (The Joe is closed until Plein Air on March 20)


    Our January/February show, "Step Into My Studio"  was an exciting series of  classes that brought many new people into The Joe. Everyone who participated left with new skills, a new item to take home and hopefully some new friends as well. We hope to offer more classes at The Joe so check out the web site for what will be coming.  If any of you are interested in offering a class or sharing your skills, please let us know.  There is a ton of talent in our community.

    We are excited that the wet room for The Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event will be at The Joe this year.  Incredible artists, some favorites and some new to the event will be here sharing their interpretations of our Forgotten Coast.  Check out their web site for all the wonderful events they will be hosting and opportunities that you can participate in. (see below).

    Deadline for entry into our next show - Thru the Lens Photography is coming up on March 19th. We have the prospectus up and ready for the following show as well, A Feast for the Eyes--The Art of the Table.  If you have ever painted a bowl of fruit or a glass of wine this one is for you.  See our descriptors of all that we think apply below.

    As always, there's a lot going on at The Joe.  Come join us. 
    Marcy Trahan, Chair

    Thru The Lens Photography Show
    April 9 - May 8
    Entry Deadline: March 19

    The prospectus for the "Thru The Lens" Photography show
    can be found at The Joe's website: www.thejoecenter.org under "Call for Entries."  We are now using Entry Thingie for our on-line entry procedure.  Deadline for entry is March 19th. Entering shows is now easier than ever. Share all those great 


    A Feast for the Eyes - the Art of the Table
     May 22 - June 19


    Gather around the table and celebrate all that it symbolizes. Many will say that food is one of the greatest pleasures in life. It has played a role in art from early cave paintings, Egyptian pictographs, through the Renaissance, and  pop art to modern day depictions. Who hasn’t painted a piece of fruit or a glass of wine? This show not only celebrates the role of food but also the table—the comfort and companionship represented by family and friends gathered round the table to share the events of life. Find more information and the prospectus at ww.thejoecenter.org.

    March 20-29
    The Forgotten Coast en Plein Air invitational features 20 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as, four "Florida's Finest en Plein Air" artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors. Expanded exhibits, a Collectors' Forum, distinguished guest speakers, lunch & learns and other special events. We encourage all of our members to volunteer to help support this event.  The wet room is at The Joe this year.  By volunteering you get to see all the paintings as they come in. To volunteer and get more information go to  https://forgottencoastculturalcoalition.wildapricot.org

    Member Spotlight

    Brooks Jones          

    Brooks was born in Dayton, Ohio, but moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla. in 1955.  He was the youngest member of the Beaux Art Association of Fort Walton at the age of8.  He won a political cartoon contest judged by Al Capp (Li'l Abner) while in Junior High School and voted Class Artist while at Choctawhatchee High School (Go, Big Green!).  Continued his art schooling at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla.  During his military career, he obtained a secondary military skill indicator as Illustrator/Graphic Design Chief.  He continued his fine art tutelage under Leonard Koscianski in Arnold, Md., who was mentored by Wayne Thiebaud.  Brooks retired in 2011 and moved back to the Gulf Coast panhandle that he loves.


    He published political cartoons in the STAR and donated several paintings for auction, benefiting the St Joseph Bay's Humane Society and Trinity's Tour of Homes in Apalachicola. He has taught art at the Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) Gulf/Franklin Annex during an Education ENCORE session.  He also teaches Tai Chi and Ukulele both at GCSC and the Gulf County Senior Center Port St Joe, Fla.

    He enjoys painting in oil and has recently found painting local landmarks on old reclaimed windows a interesting/fulfilling challenge.

    March Membership Meeting Reminder
    Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition which owns our building has exclusive use of The Joe during the month of March for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air (FCenPA) event as part of our building usage partnership agreement.  Therefore, our Membership meeting for March will be cancelled and we encourage you to participate in the many incredible opportunities that FCenPA provides to interact with and learn from national and international Plein air artists.  The wet room and many free or low cost events will be held here at The Joe, as well as in Apalachicola, Mexico Beach and Carrabelle.  Check out their website for all of these opportunities: https://forgottencoastculturalcoalition.wildapricot.org/HOME


    Thank You to our New and Renewing Members

    Each month we want to recognize and acknowledge the support of our new and renewing members.   We wish to thank all those who have renewed or joined since our last newsletter and some that we inadvertently missed before.  If you think we have missed you, please let us know. If you haven't gotten around to it yet, please renew and continue your support of The Joe.  Go to our website: www.TheJoeCenter.org to join or renew. 

    Family: Diane O'Neal, John & Nisha Whitehead
    Individual: Judy Scott, Ted Lakey, Denise Poussard, Roger Raepple

    2020 Exhibition Schedule
    Jan. 24 - Feb. 22      Step Into My Studio--Artists at The Joe
    March 20-29             Forgotten Coast en Plein Air
    April 9 - May 8          Thru the Lens - Photography
    May 22 - June 19     A Feast for the Eyes, the Art of the Table
    July 2 - Aug. 8          Paws, Claws, Wings & Scales
    Aug. 22 - Sept. 18    The Joe Member Show
    Oct. 2 - Nov. 6          Weird, Wacky & Wonderfull
    Nov. 20 - Dec. 12     Forgotten Coast Festival of Trees

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The Joe Center for the Arts is a Florida non-profit organization.

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