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Member Feature- Joyce Halliday Smith


Joyce Halliday Smith moved to Hamilton, NY nearly a year ago when her husband, Rev. Wesley Smith was called to the position of minister of First Baptist Church. As a painter, Joyce has fallen in love with the beauty of Madison County. You can find her painting in plein aire in various locations throughout Hamilton and Madison County — if it is warm enough! You too can learn about the joys of painting outdoors by signing up for the MADArt Plein Aire classes, which will be held in June this year.

Joyce completed her undergraduate studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where her major was fine art and her minor area of study was art history. She continued her studies and received a Masters of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University. After being a successful graphic designer and illustrator for many years, she switched careers to her first passion and is painting full time. Her paintings have been in numerous juried exhibitions and have won awards in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Oil painting is Joyce’s medium of choice for its richness, depth and variety of colors it can produce. Although preferring oils, she has created art with acrylics, watercolors, pastels, oil pastels, graphite, and printmaking processes. In teaching, Joyce brings in knowledge of all mediums as well as an art history background. Her advice to aspiring artists, “Learn from the masters, and excellent contemporary artists, and learn from the tools nature provides. Keep experimenting with your mediums, your style and your subjects, for it is through this kind of study that you will find your true inner artistic voice. If you are in school or college, do your assignments and then create more — push yourself. Remember, the life of an artist is a never-ending freedom to create. Be yourself and your art will become amazing!”

Joyce has taught at Syracuse University, and Stockton College, Pomona, NJ. For several years, she enjoyed teaching art classes for adults and children at Jane Law’s Long Beach Island Studio and Gallery in Surf City, NJ, and later at the Wickford Art Association in Wickford, RI. Presently, she teaches adults and teens in Hamilton: “Discover Art” at First Baptist Church, and “Plein Aire Painting” with MADArt.

Opening on March 25 at 6 pm will be a show of her work at Collections, 40 Milford St., Hamilton. You are welcome to attend the opening. You can also look for upcoming shows and Joyce’s paintings on the website



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Member Feature- Charlotte Blanchard

My name is Charlotte Blanchard and I live in Hubbardsville. In fact, many of you may remember me from the greenhouse business I ran for many years called Enchanted Gardens. Although I have done several things in my lifetime, art is the one constant and has been my passion since early childhood.


For the most part, I am a self-taught artist; however as a child while living in Fort Pierce, Florida, I was greatly influenced by “Beanie” Albert Backus who was a well-known artist and mentor to a now famous group of painters known as the “Florida Highwaymen.” Those Saturday morning drawing classes with Beanie did more than just teach me perspective and composition, he taught me a valuable life lesson as well. It was through Beanie that I learned to paint from the desires and passions deep within me for only then would my art be truly my own. I have followed his sage advice throughout my life and would offer it up to any inspiring artists.


I began painting in oil, and for a few short years dabbled in watercolor, but I found I liked gouache much better because it was closer to painting in oil. I finally gave in and went back to my first love, working in oils. It’s only right that I should do so because I love all things old; and working in oils is a time-honored endeavor.

In recent years, my paintings have been greatly influenced by my passionate love for traveling through Europe. I paint what I love–the narrow streets, canals and waterways, charming back alleys and picturesque seaports; hoping that you too will step into my paintings and enjoy the sights and sounds I portray.

I have a website where you can see my entire collection of American and European Art, including a series of Colgate University paintings. On the site you can shop in the store which sells originals, poster prints, canvas prints and greeting cards, read my weekly blogs and leave messages. You can also “like” me on facebook or follow me on Twitter .

I am thrilled and fortunate to have a place like Mad Art Inc. so close by and available to me as a place to display my artwork and to meet fellow artists. I currently have “The Wishful Traveler” gallery on display at the Earlville Opera House through Feb. 19. In the spring, I will be displaying my paintings at the Her Hands Show at Mad Art Inc. from March 28 to June 14.


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