Member Spotlight: Joette Currie
Joetta Currie was born on a small farm in Kentucky. When she wasn’t shelling peas or feeding the chickens, you could find her drawing pictures for the outhouse wall. It wasn’t ideal gallery space, but it did provide a captive, even contemplative audience.
After college Joetta opened Room One Studio and worked throughout the Cincinnati metroplex taking art and film related opportunities including: commercial print and voice over, photo styling, and fine art services for a variety of retail and commercial clients.
Currie moved to Rockwall in 1992 and opened ArtVentures Studio, a facility offering art classes, events and creative services. For the next twenty five years, she worked with children and adults to develop their creative skills, while building her own body of work in oil and mixed media. Locals enjoy her work through the mural she created on East Washington Street commemorating Rockwall’s first fire station. Visit https://www.joettacurrie.com to see her work and learn more about this multitalented artist.
Currie states, “I love my process from conception to completion. Even when I deem a piece unsuccessful (which happens) I find beauty in the nuances of the process. Whether it’s loose, tightly rendered, graphic, or cartoonish, if I’m doing it, I love it. My philosophy can be summed up by a quote from Gurdon Woods, Art is idea. It is not enough to draw, paint, and sculpt. An artist should be able to think.”
Currie discovered mosaics in 2008 and began creating “paintings” with stained glass, beads, wire and organic found objects. She was mesmerized by the mosaic process with its diversity of colors and textures.
She has received numerous awards and recognition for both her paintings and mosaics, and sells her work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/mosaicartplace
A community arts activist, Currie served on the City of Rockwall’s Cultural Arts and Art in Public Places Commissions, was a founding director of The Rockwall County Alliance for the Arts, and served as President of The Rockwall Art League. As a Set Artist for Rockwall Community Playhouse, she volunteers countless hours helping bring the stage to life for local audiences.
Currie closed the ArtVentures facility in 2012 to enjoy an early retirement with her husband, but continues to teach, write and create. She works in the studio with her dog Sophie, making magic with art and an occasional glass of sauvignon blanc.