Joellyn Duesberry Documentary/Film

Opening Reception: July 1, 4-6 p.m.

Artist Joellyn Duesberry’s (1944–2016) paintings on display for the month of July, celebrating her summers in Maine.

Joellyn Duesberry (called Joly by friends and family) enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a landscape painter. Rich in coloration, Duesberry’s abstract images reveal a strong interest in geometry and an awareness of such modernist masters as John Marin and Milton Avery.   Duesberry was born in Richmond, VA and educated at Smith College and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. As an artist, she was completely self-taught, with the exception of one month she spent with Richard Diebenkorn in 1986.

When approaching the canvas, Duesberry relied on her natural instincts and the landscape around her for inspiration. She began exhibiting her work in New York City in 1979 and went on to have ten solo exhibitions in the city. After receiving an NEA grant in 1986, Duesberry moved from New York to a Colorado farm. The surroundings there revitalized the abstract language of her work and supplemented the painterly instincts she cultivated over  50 years of summer trips to Maine, where she marveled in the beauty of Acadia with its lily ponds, forests, bogs, hills, gorges and creeks.

In 2013, well-known landscape architect Patrick Chasse introduced Duesberry to The Gallery at Somes Sound and a close friendship was immediately formed.  Joly had many collectors in Maine, mostly from Mt. Desert Island, Cranberry Islands and Swan's Island.  Her paintings are held in numerous museum, public and private collections around the country. Duesberry died of pancreatic cancer at her home in Greenwood Village, CO on August 5, 2016.