We want to share the sad news of the passing of Joan Gessner, an accomplished artist and teacher of Amesbury, MA and a long time member of the NAA. She had been a watercolorist for almost 40 years.
In 1997 Joan began teaching students at the Newburyport Art Association. She was a well-loved teacher that taught her students the process of creating art from mixing colors to the wonder that a paintbrush does more than create strokes of color. She eventually purchased a home in Amesbury where she named her studio Gessner Studios with the motto a place where dreams become reality. She taught her students that life was short and that they needed to fill every minute of it with the things they love and believe in. Joan loved to travel around the world and learn about the richness of all different cultures. She incorporated these experiences into her own personal paintings. She spent her retirement passing on her hard-earned talent to her students, both children and adults. She offered classes to those who wished to raise their consciousness thru painting. Throughout her life she received numerous awards for best of show and first in Watercolor awards. Most notably was the People’s choice award at the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans with her painting entitled “The Quilt”.