Bio: Joan Bepler has exhibited her photography, mixed media collage works, drawings and oil portraits in numerous juried shows in the region, and in solo exhibits at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in Fairfield and the James Memorial Chapel at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. A prize-winning artist, Joan holds a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Bridgeport, an MA in Art Therapy from New York University and an MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She worked for many years as an art therapist in a variety of therapeutic settings including Four Winds Hospital, Danbury Hospital, and St. Vincent’s Hospital. She has taught art in public charter schools in Stamford and Bridgeport. She lives in Wilton with her husband Kenneth and daughter Johanna.
Statement: Seeing is essential to every form of visual art, but I find photography to be the most direct and immediate way to record my vision. I see the world as a visual feast and photography as a way to celebrate the world. Photography is also like a treasure hunt, so exciting when you find what you are looking for, even though you didn’t know what it was until you found it. It forces us to stay engaged and to be ever aware, to live consciously, and constantly embrace the world around us.