Joanne Jolly-Kay is an artist and Occupational Therapist. Joanne graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in sculpture, and from Tufts University with an MA in OT. She and her husband were the founders of the Kingston Gallery in Boston in 1982, a cooperative art gallery which started in a loft space in Boston’s Chinatown. Joanne assisted with directing it until 1987 and it continues to flourish in the SOWA area of Boston on Harrison Ave. Although no longer involved with the Kingston Gallery, Joanne has continued to create art over the years. She currently has a studio space in Beverly MA in the Porter Mill Building. This is where she currently does her art work and teaches informal art classes.
Joanne’s primary focus now is work in stained glass with photo transfers, mosaics and metal clay jewelry. She also creates mixed media works.
“Art making and experimenting with a variety of materials is my passion. I began my journey into the arts in high school, then at Mass. College of Art where I majored in fine arts/sculpture. In 1987, I graduated from Tufts University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy, which is my second passion. I am currently working as an OT and on my own art work with passion. My stained glass work includes images of places I love, or places/things that have meaning to others, which are transferred to glass. I then add my own stained glass designs to add flow, color and emotion to the photograph. My mosaic work is about design, flow and thoughts or questions about life. My metal clay work is also about design, movement, flow and a bit of sparkle. I am beginning to combine these mediums into more 3-dimensional work that have emotional meaning to me."