has always been interested in art; at a very young age, she began to draw
and paint. In high school, Joann took art classes, entering the Los Angeles
County Fair in the youth category and winning for one of her entries. From
this positive experience, Joann was encouraged to continue, and so she did,
entering Mt. San Antonio Jr. College as an Art Major. It was a long time
after Joann was out of school that she began to paint again. Beginning with
a class at the Pasadena Continuation School, she studied with Oscar Van
Young who taught oil painting. Again life took a different path, Joann was
busy raising children, but she never gave up the thought of becoming an
artist. Her next attempt came when she signed up for a watercolor class
with Robert Uecker, again through Pasadena Continuation School. Now, she
Joann Formia says she finds painting to be a never ending
journey. She declares she will never know everything about painting,
regardless of the medium. Joann recently received a statement via e-mail,
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which
ones to keep.” That is a question that is always present asserts this
Joann has had the pleasure of painting at Manzanar National Monument
with Henry Fukuhara for the past three years and has enjoyed two trips to
Mt. Carmel in Utah to paint with Milford Zornes. She has also had the great
experience of painting with at least 50 others on a trip to Canyon De Chelly.
In addition to her extensive painting schedule, Joann also specializes in
commissioned watercolor renderings and black and white drawings of
properties for local realtors, given as gifts to their clients.
In addition to attending
Mt. San Antonio Jr. College as an Art Major, Joann Formia feels fortunate
to have had classes or workshops with the following notable artists: Jim
Burns, Dayrl Bryant, Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Milford Zornes, Chris Van
Winkle, Carole Barnes, Eric Weigardt, Marciano Martinez, Dale Laitinen,
Hal Lambert, Henry Fukuhara, George James, Al Setton, Quinton Bemiller.
Joann served as Exhibition
chair for Watercolor West 2005. She also serves as publicity and
memberships chairs for Mid-Valley Arts League. Joann currently is
member of San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, Mid-Valley Arts League, La
Habra Art Association, Pomona Valley Art Association, and Watercolor West.
Joann has been entering competitions since the early 70's. She has won
many, many awards throughout the years including to the present. Her
work may be seen in exhibitions, private collections, and corporate
purchases. To learn more about Joann Formia, visit her website at:
ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE
Monthly Master Artist Demonstration featuring
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2006
9:30 a.m. - Noon
The Rancho Cucamonga Goldy S. Lewis Community Center
11200 Baseline Road
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Located on the Northwest corner of Baseline Road and Milliken Avenue.
The public is welcome!
Donation of $3 is accepted for non-members.