Regional Artist Spotlight: Joy Quigley
Every eight to 10 weeks, we feature an area artist, whose work complements our mission and the Garis Gallery of the American West. Art is available for purchase by collectors. We began this program in January 2017.
Featured during June and July 2018, Joy Quigley, who is originally from Empire, and now resides in Eureka Springs, Ark., teaches K-12 art at Alpena School District. Quigley had three original oil paintings exhibited in the Garis Gallery: Two Hatchet, Quanah Parker and Mama Longhorn.
Quigley’s art is inspired by her Kiowa heritage, nature and people, but she is particularly intrigued by faces.
“I used old black and white photos for the portraits and the Mama Longhorn is inspired by an old cow from our family farm,” Quigley said.
Quigley enjoys returning to the family farm in Empire to visit her mother, Ruth Schreiner.
While in town for the summer, she recently took a Native American art class in Cache taught by Eleanor McDaniel on how to make Native American cradleboards. She hopes to take another class from McDaniels before she returns to Alpena.
Quigley is a member of the Duncan Art Guild and has entered her art in its Holiday Fine Arts Show for multiple years. In 2013, she won first place in the People/Portraits category with her painting, “Two Hatchet.” In 2016, she entered her painting, “White Winter,” and in 2017, she entered her painting, “The Catch.”
Quigley was featured as a guest artist in 2016 at the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Her artwork has been entered in the Harrison Art League and the Holiday Art Show in Arkansas.
Quigley creates oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, and she also enjoys pottery.