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Joy Fairbanks
While most of us as artists tend to be a bit egotistical, we also tend to procrastinate. I thought Ken's idea was a good one. We don't really have a lot of time to talk when we're busy at exhibitions. Since I don't live in Johnstown, I seldom run into other AAJ members. I thought I should write something because, as a teacher, I feel we need to keep art constantly in picture.

I am a Blairsville native. I have two adult children from my first marriage. I attended IUP with a BSed and a Masters in Jewelry. During grad school I became totally involved with photography and continued exhibiting with that and then collage work. I taught art for 30 yrs., retired for 20.

Like many of our members, I am involved with my community. I am active with our local Historical Society and serve on that board. In a more unusual vein, I serve as president of our local Cemetery. I am currently serving the head of Blairsville's Bicentennial Committee. We will be celebrating 200 yrs. in 2025.

I am most recently dedicated to a project I started to have art available to the public. We have installed ten sculptures , to date, throughout the town... including one by Johnstown artist, Norman Ed. I developed a walking/teaching tour brochure of the sculptures. It is available at the Indiana Co. Tourist Bureau and at the Blairsville Historical Society. I would be happy to mail some to AAJ.

I also have a huge red raspberry patch that keeps me busy during summer and fall.
Joy Fairbanks
Artwork by Joy Fairbanks