Joan Appel - artist

Joan Appel - Artist

I am both a professional musician and artist. I experience life as having order as well as disorder through sound and sight. I create art along with music. The execution of the painting therefore becomes a personal performance, as were my song recitals when I was singing professionally, the one difference being: I am not interpreting someone else's poetry - I am creating my own in color and shape.


Joan is a professional artist working in mixed media, monotypes, oils and alcohol inks. She lives on the South Shore in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Her works are shown in galleries in New England and Florida and have received local and national awards.

Recent Prizes:

FIRST PLACE in mixed media for "The Bride's First Cake", Cape Cod Art Association (Barnstable, MA)
FIRST PLACE in Printmaking for "Le Fleuve", South Shore Arts Festival (Cohasset, MA)
GORMAN AWARD for "Fishin'", Cape Cod Art Center (Barnstable, MA)
FIRST PLACE in mixed media for "Harborside", South Shore Art Center

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT
DeCordova and Dana Museum, Lincoln, MA
Musée de Chablais, Thonon-les-Bains, France
Guilford Handcrafts Center, Guilford, CT
Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT

EXHIBITIONS (both group and solo shows; prize-winner in all)
Connecticut: Milford Fine Arts Council, Guilford Art League, Connecticut Art Directors’ Club, Munson Gallery, Gallery One
Florida: Pinellas County Art Society, Key West Art Center, Anderson-Marsh Galleries
Massachusetts: Concord Art Association, Duxbury Art Association, Scituate Art Association, South Shore Art Center, Copley Society of Art, Boston Visual Artists Union, Cape Cod Art Center, Cambridge Art Association, Frame Up Gallery, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Monotype Guild of New England, Hingham Public Library, Staircase Gallery (at South Shore Conservatory), Fuller Craft Museum
Rhode Island: Newport Art Museum
Invitationals: National Women’s Exhibition at Galérie Triangle, Washington, D.C.; Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI; Poly Arts Centre, Falmouth, England

Cape Cod Magazine (2012), Art New England (2012), 60 Years of North American Prints (2009)

Advertising and Creative Director, Welling International Corporation, Milford, CT
Owner, Principal: Apple Ads, graphic art/design
Advisory panelist for Merit Aid in art, music, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities; member, local arts council
Owner, principal: "Custom Costumes" soft sculpture props and costumes for theater
Assistant Director of Artists' Services, Artists Foundation, Boston
Development Manager, Acting Director: South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA
Writer, reviewer for the arts, The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
Membership Coordinator, The Boston Printmakers

The Boston Printmakers; Monotype Guild of New England; North River Arts Society; Printmakers of Cape Cod; Coastal Printmakers; National Association of Women Artists; Cape Cod Art Center (gallery artist)

Professional musician and teacher, also known as Joan Nahigian