JoAnne treated herself to her first art class at the Art Students League in New York in January of 2003. Additional classes followed at the Pastel Society of America, also in New York. Winter 2009, she took a 15-week intensive art course in oil painting and life drawing with Tony Ryder in Santa Fe.
JoAnne brings a thirty-year career as Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Avodah Dance Ensemble to her work in the visual arts.
Her pastel work has been exhibited at the Steamboat Springs Art Depot, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Casa de Lingua in Monteverdi, Costa Rica, and in the following juried shows: Tubac Center for the Arts in Tubac Arizona (Holiday Show, 2005); the national pastel show of The Oregon Society for Pastels (Fall, 2006); The Kitchen Goddess Exhibition of the Colorado Chapter of Women's Caucus for Art (Winter, 2007); For Pastels Only, on Cape Cod (August 2007); 2007 “Shades of Pastel” National Juried Show of the Maryland Pastel Society; and The 2007 Colorado Pastel Society Mile High National Exhibition (October 2007). She had her first solo exhibition in October 2007 at Creekside Café in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Spring 2009 she was part of the Tony Ryder School Exhibit at Canyon Road Contemporary Art Gallery in Santa Fe.
In May, 2007 a floral pastel of hers was featured on the cover of The Downtowner, a monthly newspaper in Steamboat.
JoAnne was pleased to be selected to create a floral painting for “Viva Flora” a joint partnership of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery, June 21 – August 23, 2013.
In additional to her work in arts, JoAnne is President ofHealing Voices-Personal Stories which makes films on domestic violence survivors for victims and public awareness .
JoAnne Tucker Murray Tucker
Pastels and Oil Painting Photography
Murray’s father, an inveterate photo chronicler, turned over his Kodak Brownie 620 to Murray when he was seven. Over time, the move from black and white to stable color, Murray has progressed through a series of ever improving cameras arriving at the digital age over ten years ago.
Catching that moment of awe whether in National Parks or in his backyard in New Mexico or Colorado, Murray is most inspired by nature focusing on those elements that capture the essence of a place.
His photographs can be found in private collections in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Georgia, New York, and New Jersey.
Murray has published two books: "Screamer: The Forgotten Voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers" based on notes of his father, Joe Tucker; and "The Journeys of Brothers," an historical fiction novel.