Local Artist JoAnn Almich will exhibit her art at the K.K. Berge building in a showing called: Creative Passion through the month of April.
An opening reception sponsored by Economart will be held on Friday, April 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
“Growing up as a young child, creativity was all around me. My father was a contractor, my mother a beautiful seamstress as well as my grandmother,” said Almich. “Before long, I was creating doll clothes and in 5th grade came my first commissioned work. It was to design the program cover for the children’s Operetta. No matter what I did, I did so creatively and loved the challenge.”
Almich said the art form provided her a way to express herself. She always had a love of “LETTERS” and the alphabet and in the early 1980’s she joined the Colleagues of Calligraphy, Minneapolis and from there began teaching teaching Calligraphy, the art of beautiful handwriting.
“Art of all forms interested me and I soon began experimenting with pen and ink drawings, watercolor, oil painting, collage, mixed media and crafts of all kinds,” she said. “From one of the classes I took, I learned the art of Zentangle (making shapes with pen and ink). This art from calms the mind, improves focus and reduces stress.”
In 2011, Almich created the piece “Just Friends” which became the inspiration of Dr. Maurice Monhardt’s composition, “Five Glances into an Art Museum”.
“This piece was submitted along with 65 other entries from the Alexandria Brush and Palette Club and 5 pieces were chosen,” she said.