Jane Deering Gallery
Jane Deering Gallery presents 'Joy Halsted | In and Out' of the Box
which opens with a public reception on Thursday July 6th from 6:00-8:00pm at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, next to the Cape Ann Museum.

Pop Art — the movement emerging in the mid-1950s that challenged not only traditions of fine art but cultural traditions as well — has been a strong influence in Joy Halsted’s extensive career. The wit, subtle nuance and tongue-in-cheek irony of that movement landed happily in the fertile soil of Halsted’s gentle irreverence for the confining roles of domesticity that prevailed in the post WWII era. Likewise, the freedom to utilize found objects, imagery from the Mad Men world of advertising, comic book characters or the staples of mass production provided Halsted with a steady stream of kitsch and building blocks. She was off and running. And still is.
Halsted also speaks of being greatly influenced by toys from her childhood and considers the playfulness of that time as a wellspring of creativity. In her words,

“I’m a narrative artist strongly influenced by Pop Art working in many media to tell my stories, often in three dimensions. Childhood taught me how to improvise with materials at hand. Dolls, blocks, games and puzzles are grist for my mill.

The first art work a child sees is a toy — its shape, texture and color all have meaning. I am still in that place of discovery, still surprised with what arrives as I work. I’m forever opening another box and finding a present inside.”
— Joy Halsted . 2017

Born in Philadelphia, Joy Halsted studied there with Hobson Pittman and at the Art Institute of Philadelphia (Moore College of Art and Design); at the Art Students' League in Woodstock, NY; at Bennington College with George Holt and Paul Feely; at the Art Institute of San Miguel Allende, Mexico, and with Jack Perlmutter of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. Halsted has exhibited her work in Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, her home town of Gloucester MA, and elsewhere. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester MA: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL: Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN; Memorial Gallery, Friends Central School, Philadelphia PA; and in many private and corporate collections. The artist lives and works on Cape Ann in Gloucester MA.

Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12noon - 5:00pm
and by appointment at 917-902-4359 or info@janedeeringgallery.com

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