Artist’s Biography

Polly Joubert graduated from Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois, with a degree in elementary education. With that degree in hand and a few art classes under her belt, she taught art for a number of years at the grade-school level before “retiring” to raise a family. During that time, she also pursued her own creative interests, among them designing and executing needlework for a nationally known antiques dealer. Largely self-taught, she began painting occasionally as well. Initially, her paintings were done primarily as gifts, but later she began accepting commissions. In 2011, she started to paint on a regular basis and made her first foray as an exhibiting artist in 2012.

    Polly is a member of the Wisconsin Visual Artists, Cedarburg Cultural Center, and Museum of Wisconsin Art. She lives and paints in  Nashotah, Wisconsin.





Artist’s Statement

I draw inspiration from history, old buildings, and visual details, as well as from the work of Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma”) Moses and Pieter Brueghel the Elder. These all combine in my paintings to tell a story.

    As I travel the back roads, rolling hills, and lakeside towns of the upper Midwest, I might glimpse an old house, a farmstead, or a setting that charms me. I visualize parts or the entire scene in two dimensions, creating a backdrop for a narrative of the lives lived and events that might have played out there. Whether I am painting a scene in a historical context (as in the Door County lighthouses), working on a commission for a contemporary family and its residence, or constructing an imagined moment in an actual Midwestern setting, my initial focus is on the buildings and parts of the landscape that first captivated me. Then my focus shifts to the people, the families, and the animals that inhabited these spaces—whether in reality or in my imagination. They infuse my work with life, joy, and sometimes, dry humor. My art is richly detailed. Those details draw the viewer into my paintings—and into the “story” I am telling. As the eye moves over my work, it discovers all the small scenes and activities that comprise the whole, much like the child’s game of “finding all the apples hidden in the picture.” It is the details that enable me to share my vision with my viewer.




Current & Upcoming Events 

    —April 20–June 3, ”Opening,” Two Fish Gallery, Elkhart Lake, WI

    —Opening June 2, “Our Water Stories,” Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI

    —Opening November 17, “Fine Folk Art,” Polly’s one-woman show, The Pink Llama Gallery,

            Cedarburg, WI

    —Ongoing, Fine Line Designs Gallery, Ephraim, Door County, WI 

    —Ongoing, The Pink Llama Gallery, Cedarburg, WI 


Past Art Shows & Exhibits

    —Solo exhibit and sale, Ben Franklin Crafts, Oconomowoc, WI, July 2017

    —Door County Festival of Fine Arts, Sister, Bay, Door County, WI, August 2016

    —“Women in Art, “ featured artist, Meadows Gallery at Scandia Village, Sister Bay, Door County, WI,

            September 2015

    —“Culture + Agriculture,” New Visions Gallery, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI, June–August 2015

    —“The Little Show” Juried Exhibit, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI, February–March 2015

    —Domicile Shop & Gallery, Sister Bay, Door County, WI, May–October 2014

    —Door County Art League Gallery, Fish Creek, Door County, WI, May–October 2013, 2014, & 2015

    —”You Gotta Have Art” Juried Exhibit, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI,

            February–March 2014

    —Landmarks Gallery, Featured Artist, Milwaukee, WI, March 2013

    —Blue Heron Artisan’s Gallery, Port Washington, WI, December 2012–May 2013

    —Cedarburg Cultural Center, Members Exhibit, Cedarburg, WI, December 2012–January 2013

    —Newport House Gallery, Ellison Bay, Door County, WI, May–November 2012 & 2013

    —Door County Art League Members Showcase Exhibit, Various locations, Door County, WI, 2013,

            2014, & 2015

    —Hardy Gallery Juried Exhibit, Ephraim, Door County, WI, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016


Juried Art Shows & Awards

   —Honorable Mention, Door County Art League Members Showcase Exhibit, 2015

   —“Culture + Agriculture,” New Visions Gallery, Marshfield Clinic, 2015

   —”The Little Show” Juried Exhibit, Cedarburg Cultural Center, 2015

   —1st place, Door County Art League Members Showcase Exhibit, 2014

   —Honorable Mention, ”You Gotta Have Art” Juried Exhibit, Cedarburg Cultural Center, 2014

   —Honorable Mention, Door County Art League Members Showcase Exhibit, 2013

   —Hardy Gallery Juried Exhibit, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016

 
photo - Kristin Simons