Gearhart — Joanne Jambor will be the featured artist for the month of October at the Trail’s End Art Center reception during the Gearhart Art Walk from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.
Her work will be shown in the main gallery and include watercolors, pastels and pen and ink. During the reception Jambor will be available to discuss her work and painting techniques. Refreshments will be served. In addition, there will be a new exhibit featuring photography, oils, acrylic, watercolors, jewelry and more. The show runs to Oct. 25.
Jambor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Her family spent the summers on Cape Cod where she played on the beach, investigated tide pools, swam and fished. She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She initially was interested in marine biology, but graduated in anthropology and art. After college, Jambor and a friend traveled to the West Coast, where she enrolled in the University of Oregon’s marine station in Charleston. It was there she landed a job illustrating parts of a marine biology textbook and also met her future husband, whom she followed to Bay Center, Washington, where they started an oyster business, Ekone Oyster Company.
Before settling in Bay Center in 1978, Jambor took a scientific illustration class at the Malheur Environmental Field Station in Burns and attended Portland Community College for classes in drafting, printing and graphics. She spent a summer illustrating the “Guide for Development” for the High Desert Museum in Bend.
For the next 25 years, Jambor drafted for a local architect in Long Beach, Washington, helped get the oyster business established, was a substitute teacher, did volunteer work and raised their two children. During this time, she designed the original exhibits about the Chinook tribe for the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, did interpretive drawings and graphics for the cities of Long Beach, Raymond, Ilwaco and the Port. Most notably, she designed all the steel animal sculptures that line the highway through Raymond.
Jambor started the Art Smart program in the South Bend elementary school, a volunteer K-6 art appreciation course that she has been running for more than 15 years. She has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators for 34 years; a member of the Willapa Heritage Foundation for three years and is currently co-president; and a member of TEAA for three years.
In 2005, Jambor learned how to use watercolors and pastels. Then in 2012, she remodeled a building along U.S. Highway 101 in Bay Center, turning it into an art studio. Local residents gather there a couple of days a week, and Jambor teaches and helps them with projects.
Trail’s End Art Gallery is located at 656 A St. Visit the website at www.trailsendart.org for more information about the organization and upcoming workshops planned for the fall. Call 503-717-9458 for hours and times the gallery is open during October.
Recently Joanne answered some questions relating to her development as an artist.
What or who most inspired you to be an artist?
When I was young, my brothers and I drew all the time. I drew animals, particularly horses; they drew boats, tanks and soldiers. My grandfather was an artist; my mother was very creative — we were always doing crafty things. But, recently in the last five years, a lady moved to Bay Center and started teaching art from her home. Janeen Schissler is an extremely talented artist and wonderful teacher. She inspired me to branch into color — watercolor and pastel, which I had never tried before. Unfortunately, she moved to Colorado two to three years ago when her husband lost his job teaching music at South Bend High School. She now has a successful school in Loveland, Colorado, with 120 students.
What mediums do you prefer and why?
For years I mostly worked in pen and ink or pencil. I only started using color after taking classes with Schissler. Now it depends on the subject matter; some things lend themselves more toward pastel, some to watercolor, or if I want lots of detail, pen and ink. If I want to get something done rather quickly I use pastel.
Where do you gather inspiration for your works?
I mostly love to draw animals, and there is so much wildlife here. Of course, the scenery where we live is spectacular, too. I also try to do a lot of sketching when we travel. Driving down the road, if the sky has amazing colors and clouds, I think how I would approach it as a painting.
What, in your opinion, is the hardest step to creating a masterpiece?
Initially, finding the time, then narrowing down the subject. There is so much out there. I have been trying to do a series on the oyster beds in Willapa Bay but haven’t had the time to get started.
What’s your favorite art that someone else has done?
There are so many amazing artists out there, both current and past; it is hard to pinpoint. I have always liked the impressionists. I also would love to be able to handle watercolor like Jeffrey Hull in Cannon Beach.