Joan Applebaum



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Joan Applebaum is a Visual Arts Instructor for youth,teens and adults at the East Area Family YMCA in Fayetteville, and an active professional artist who has exhibited her work throughout New York State.  She earned her B.A. at SUNY Potsdam in Arts Studio and Photography.  Joan has taught at The Thousand Island Art Center in Clayton, and in Syracuse at Grant Middle School After School Program, the Fowler High School Teen Venture Program and Kids in Art at SUNY Upstate Medical, and a workshop at the Everson Art Museum.

Joan maintains studios at her home base in Syracuse and at her camp in the Indian River Lakes. Her inspiration comes from her surroundings; the changing seasons in Upstate New York, lively city festivals and the lovely old architecture that makes this area unique.
In describing her work Joan states, “I love working with color. I am not concerned with capturing the true color of an object for that will change with light, darkness or atmosphere, but with using color to convey depth and form and emotion. It is the emotional engagement of artist and viewer that I strive for.”


“Inspiration may come from the city streets or the quiet stillness of a North Country lake with the shimmer of light and color dancing upon it.  Other times inspiration comes from the merge of heart and mind in an image only the artist can create and the viewer can interpret. Color is the conduit connecting artist to emotion, and emotion to viewer.”

Joan’s exhibits have included solo shows at the Delavan Art Gallery, the Adirondack Centers for the Arts in Old Forge and Blue Mountain Lake and the Community Arts Council Gallery in Utica and several locations in Syracuse and surrounding areas. Joan holds memberships in Central New York Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Associated Artists of Syracuse, North Country Arts Council, The Arts Association of Northern New York and  Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay.

Reproductions of her illustrations and paintings have appeared in SUNY Upstate’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities journal, The Healing Muse, Volumes 1 – 12.

Juried shows have included, The CNY Biennial at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY, North Country Arts Council Fall Show, Along the River’s Edge at the Thousand Island Art

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