By Kelly M. Gross, Director – The David Strawn Art Gallery
The Art Association of Jacksonville is pleased to welcome artist Joanna Elizabeth Marsh with her show “Wonder & Delight – Ambient Floral & Celestial Paintings” to The David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave. in Jacksonville, February 3-25. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 3 from 6-8 p.m. with introduction of the 2024 Beaux Arts Ball Co-Chairs Carrie Cole, Sarah Cors and Katie Soer at 6:30 p.m. A “Gallery Talk” by Marsh will follow the introductions.
Painter Joanna Elizabeth Marsh is from Roeland Park, Kansas. She grew up painting murals with her mother. After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University, Marsh and her family showed their work at local fairs under the name “SpringTide Studio.”
Marsh is the illustrator and co-author of two coloring books, “Coloring Kansas City: Women Who Made History” and “The 19th Amendment Centennial,” both published by the Kansas City Public Library. She is also the author of two women’s fiction novels, “Cantique” and “La Follia.”
While Marsh has spent the last several years writing, dancing and working as a professional archivist, the constraints of the pandemic rekindled her love of painting. Her simple painting compositions serve as a celebration of color and texture.
She says of her work: “I believe some truths are best embodied by a splash of color upon a canvas. Atmospheric florals and dreamy heavenscapes hint at the wonder I feel but have no words to express. When I have no space to dance, texture and color are my choreography.”
Marsh indicates that her paintings hold no preconceived notions, no narratives to unpack but rather they reflect the organic and playful creative process that brought her joy over the past few, tumultuous years. She hopes that they might do the same for the viewer.
Gallery hours for February 4-25 are Sundays from 1-3 p.m. and Tuesday-Saturday from 4-6 p.m. The gallery opening and gallery hours are free and open to the public.