Exhibit remembers passionate artist
November 1, 2005
The Joyce Alexander Memorial Exhibition will take place through Dec. 7 in the main gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College, One College Drive. A reception is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the college. The exhibit is a retrospective of Alexander’s artwork, many pieces completed during art classes at the college, including painting, printmaking and sculpture. Alexander passed away on July 10.
Over the years many talented people have taken classes in the art department at Lake Tahoe Community College. Some have become so enthusiastic and passionate about their art that the relationship has lasted many years. Not only has it created some very accomplished works of art, but it also has developed close and personal bonds between the faculty, staff and students in the art department. Joyce Alexander was such a person.
Alexander was already an accomplished artist when she moved to Lake Tahoe in 1987. Always wanting to expand her artistic horizons, she became very involved in Lake Tahoe Community College, taking as many classes as possible. She thrived in the classroom/studio environment – gleaning a great deal of technical and conceptual information from the instructors with whom she worked. Also significant was the unique camaraderie that developed between her and her fellow students. Those relationships resulted in many deep and lasting friendships.
Alexander was also very dedicated to the local art community, often donating pieces to various fundraisers including the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation art auction and Barton Memorial Hospital. When she passed way in July, she was still very actively creating works of art. She was in the process of completing a painting designated for the art auction to raise money for the new college art gallery. She also was working on a large-scale stone sculpture. Both are included in the exhibition as a testament to how she was “filled with her future” and completely immersed in her art. Many of the pieces in this exhibition are not signed, dated or titled.
The titles in quotes are those that were specifically named by the artist. Other titles were given by her family as a means of identification only.
Creativity was Alexander’s passion, and the joy she had for life was apparent to anyone who met her. She loved living at Lake Tahoe and set out each day with glowing optimism and a radiant smile. She brought that joy to each of her works of art. Unique to Alexander’s work, which undoubtedly shows in this exhibition, is her breadth of skill and vision in a variety of media and techniques. Artistically, as well as personally, she was a true adventurer.
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The Lake Tahoe Unified Art Department feels blessed to have known her and, thanks to the support of her family, they are able to present this memorial exhibition of the work of Joyce Alexander.