Maine Art Gallery News
Remembering Consuelo Joerns
We mourn the loss of Consuelo (known to us as Connie) Joerns, who passed away on April 14, 2020 at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, Maine. She was 94. Connie was raised in Chicago where she attended the progressive Francis Parker School. She attended Mills College in California and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Early in her career, while working for a New York book publisher, Connie attended the School of Visual Arts and Columbia University. An avid traveler, she subsequently lived and painted in Central America and Europe, showing paintings in Nice and Cagnes-Sur-Mer, Chicago and New York.
(L to R) Consuelo Joerns with Daisy Greene and Jane Dahmen at opening reception for Three Women on Board. Photo by: Bob Bond
Connie maintained a studio on Martha's Vineyard and had solo shows at galleries including the G.E. Hilliard Gallery and Alan-Mayhew Ltd.. She also wrote and illustrated children's books and developed filmstrips for New York publishers.
Connie moved to Wiscasset in 2000. During the next decade she was particularly intrigued by the arts of Japan, and she lived there for months at a time. In August/September of 2018 the Maine Art Gallery was pleased to include her paintings in a show entitled Three Women on Board with Jane Dahmen and Daisy Greene. A visitor to that show noted that “Consuelo’s semi abstract work reminds one of perhaps Matisse in its quietude. The lyrical sense of space and the washes of colors bring an inner peace and joy to the viewer.”
Works by Consuelo Joerns
Samples of children's books illustrated by and, or written by Consuelo Joerns
"The Everywhere Cat," illustrated by Consuelo Joerns
"The Green Machine," illustrated by Consuelo Joerns
"The Midnight Castle," written and illustrated by Consuelo Joerns
Portland Press Herald Q&A with Artist Buzz Masters
Slated for August of this year, the Maine Art Gallery had a show titled "Lost and Found" featuring Buzz Masters, Katy Helman and Jennifer Lee Morrow. We hope to have the show in 2021. In the meantime, Masters was interviewed about her work as an artist and EMT by the Portland Press Herald. You can view the article here.