Each year, Vinfen’s Moving Image Film Festival features a piece of art from one of the incredibly talented artists working at a Vinfen arts-based vocational program. This year’s piece is a watercolor painted by Gateway Arts’ artist Joanne O’Connell.
Joanne O’Connell lives in the Greater Boston Area where she was born in 1968; she began working at Gateway Arts in 1992. She has always been a bright and witty individual with many friends. O’Connell is interested in life and since childhood has noted her observations through drawing and painting. She incorporates her love of rock and roll music and respect for life and other people, into her two dimensional work . Using her active imagination and observational skills, O’Connell creates enigmatic paintings and writings layered with abstracted imagery and text.
O’Connell’s work has been exhibited throughout Massachusetts at the Gateway Gallery in Brookline, MA; The Mall at Chestnut Hill in Newton, MA; the Berenberg Gallery in Boston, MA and the Fuller Craft Museum. Additionally her work has been shown at the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center Gallery in Johnstown, PA; the Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge, MA; Very Special Arts in Washington D.C.; James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and Bridges & Bodell Gallery in New York, NY. She won awards for her artwork from MENCAP in London, England and the Ebensburg Center in Pennsylvania.