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Joanie Gagnon San Chirico
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Lives in Toms River, NJ
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Sunday's "The Listening Room" in Toms River, NJ
About every other month, here in Toms River, NJ, three friends have created a music and art event called The Listening Room at a now closed (except for functions) restaurant space. Photographer Danny Clinch , along with Mark Cunningham and Dominick Carino a...
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Invitation to a Music and Art Event
Join us on Sunday, August 14 at this music and art event co-curated by photographer and musician Danny Clinch who lives here in Toms River, NJ.
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Friday's Opening Reception at the D&R Greenway Land Trust Galleries
 Here are 4 of my paintings along with the eight Ghost Houses (hung in a "neighborhood") along with the scroll with survivor stories. More of my paintings interspersed with those of the other artists in the exhibit:  Susan Hoenig, Bill Hoo,   Joy Kreves, Na...
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NJ.com Article about Art as Activism: Climate Change
Here's my painting Spores #5 and an article about the exhibit. Link here. D&R Greenway Land Trust's website here. From NJ.com: Art as Activism: Climate Change is on view at D&R Greenway Land Trust's Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeto...
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Sunset on Swan Pond
I took this photo last week at Swan Pond at the end of my parents' street in Dennis Port on Cape Cod. It's one of my favorite places. I'm back now and getting ready for another New Jersey exhibit. This year has been really unusual for showing work in the st...
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Art as Activism: Climate Change Exhibit in Princeton
Brown Tide (Diptych) 20 x 32 Acrylic, thread on canvas I will have quite a few paintings in Art as Activism: Climate Change in Princeton, NJ at the D&R Greenway Land Trust galleries from June 27 through August 26. Some of the work is new and has not been sh...
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New Diptych Bloom #6 Finished
Bloom 36 (Diptych) 12" x 24" Acrylic, thread on canvas Here's a new diptych ready for The Listening Room show on Sunday.
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New Diptych in Progress
I've been working on these 12 x 12 paintings while I'm waiting for supplies to arrive. I have a 3 painting commission for a consultant with whom I've worked many times. This diptych is not finished yet, but far enough along that I know where I'm going with ...
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Ghost House #2 in Princeton Newspaper
Ghost House #2 and all eight Ghost Houses are included in Art as Activism: Climate Change. I created these paintings shortly after Sandy decimated so many homes and businesses here at the NJ Shore. I haven't seen them hung yet, and am looking forward to see...
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Red Tide #13 in Princeton Exhibit
Red Tide #13 32" x 40" Acrylic, thread on canvas Here's another of the paintings that are in the Art as Activism: Climate Change exhibit at D and R Greenway Land Trust galleries in Princeton. The show opened last week and continues to August 26. The recepti...
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Firestorm (Triptych) in Review
Firestorm (triptych) 12" x 36" Acrylic, thread on canvas More in my review of older work as I try to decide on where to go from here. I created these paintings in 2010 after yet another forest fire in the protected New Jersey pinelands.  In addition to that...
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art for public (and private) spaces

My work relates to preservation, regardless of the series. The art has a certain ambiguity to it, the viewer relates to the image and places it in his mind to a specific location. The actual original setting most likely has nothing to do with the viewers’ preconception, and may not physically exist anywhere except in my imagination. I portray imagery of the planet's fragile beauty while questioning our culture, which promotes instant gratification while ignoring evolving consequences. I feel obligated to make work that addresses these issues.

By working this way, I stay true to my convictions, and can possibly raise awareness after viewers realize that these are not just pretty paintings, the beauty is only skin deep; a reminder that it’s urgent to understand what is real and what is fabricated. 

I began my current series depicting harmful algae blooms because of the ongoing issues facing Barnegat Bay close to my home. The work displays my interpretation of existing toxic algae species. 

I offer acrylic paintings or textiles, combining media to attain intricate textures using an accumulation of thin layers of color and delicate line work created with thread. Mosaic or glass installations can be constructed utilizing a qualified fabricator. My atrium sculptures and commissioned wall mounted pieces are site-specific and inspired by the environment and the area surrounding the installation. I work closely with architects, designers and developers. Natural, recycled and organic materials are available for LEED certified buildings and work is available for Evidence Based Design applications in healthcare.

In addition to exhibiting my work and completing numerous commissions for public spaces, I’m a Signature Artist Member of the Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ and represented by several galleries.

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Toms River, NJ
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Lawrence, MA - Huntingdon, PA
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New York City's Oldest Public Art Is Pompeii Ancient
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New York City has public art that's older than the city itself.

It's a New Landscape: Art in Post-Sandy New Jersey - DwellableTrends
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Living near the ocean has always had an impact on my work and my life. We were fortunate to only lose trees and a fence after Sandy. Others

Percent for Art Programs Struggling Nationwide
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If you've ever admired a beautiful mosaic or mural in New York City, there's a chance you have the Percent for Art Program (PCA) to thank.

Margery Amdur at the Noyes Museum of Art
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I dropped off paintings for the Signature Artists' Exhibit at the Noyes Museum of Art today. While there, I saw Margery Amdur's wall sculptu

Cape Cod, Encaustics and My Close Up
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Super low tide last weekend at Bass Hole at Gray's Beach in Yarmouthport, MA Of course while visiting my parents I have to have the requisit

The Artistic Vision of an Artist Who Almost Disappeared
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VENICE — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's six-part "S.A.C.R.E.D." (2011–2013) is a stark installation that sits underneath a round heave

It's Still Not Fine
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Sad t-rex at the destroyed Funtown Pier, Seaside Heights, NJ When I post photos of hard hit by Sandy areas here at the NJ Shore, people are

Paralibrarian of the Year 2012: Linda Dahlquist
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Reference Associate, Volusia County Public Library, FL. ljx120301webLinda3 Paralibrarian of the Year 2012: Linda Dahlquist The first person

Business Class Art at JFK
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I realized I was surrounded by a collection of work by some of the world’s leading artists at the British Airways lounge at JFK.

Shipped today!
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Sandbar Triptych, each painting is 50' x 34". and (click). Blue #3, 26.5" x 40". Posted 1 minute ago by Joanie Gagnon San Chirico. Labels: C

Post Superstorm Sandy
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We were extremely lucky. There has been mind boggling devastation in our area at the New Jersey shore. We only lost 2 trees and some of our

LA: Not Enough Time in the Day
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Downtown LA Banksy (we couldn't figure out where the reflected letters were coming from on the adjacent building even though we tried) Click

Four Painting Commission in Progress
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I took these photos while they were still in progress. I just put the last coat of varnish on them, will be shipping them on Thursday. I'll

Back At It
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I'll post more about my LA trip later, but here's a shot I took in Malibu. I've been working on the latest commission since I got back Wedne

L.A. Bound
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I've had a very busy few weeks working on a 4 painting commission but I'm headed to California tomorrow. The trip has been booked for months

On the Road Again
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Once again, I was on the road yesterday. First stop was the Noyes Museum where I helped my friend Joan Dreyer install her work in the soon-t