Joan Marie Smith will be one of the featured artists at the Redlands Art Association Gallery from May 14 to June 3.
Her exhibition of watercolors, acrylics and oil paintings will begin with an open house at the gallery from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 14.
Smith grew up in Manila, Philippines, where she attended an American school and where her high school art teacher, Ruth Geoffey, introduced her to a variety of artistic mediums, including pastels, according to her biography. artist.
After high school, she attended Hope College in Michigan, preparing for a career as a teacher. She also continued her art education with an independent study class in her senior year.
After graduating, she got married, moved to California, and started teaching. The next time she had the opportunity to paint was when her children were very young and she took an oil painting course at San Bernardino Valley College.
When her children started school, Smith returned to teaching and earned a master’s degree and specialist reading designation. After 30 years with the Colton Joint Unified School District, she retired from full-time teaching and found time to paint again.
She took a watercolor course at the Redlands Art Association, then began painting with a group at a Redlands church and joined a group at the Loma Linda Senior Center. She now paints at the Redlands Art Association in Martha Cowen’s Advanced Oil Painting Course.
She is a member of the Redlands Art Association and the Loma Linda Art Association, of which she is a board member. She regularly exhibits her work and has sold many paintings.
The Redlands Art Association Gallery is located at 215 E. State St. For more information, visit redlands-art.org or call the gallery at 909-792-8435.