NORTH FORK – Local artist, Joan Constable, lovingly bestowed with the moniker “Joan of Art,” has donated her larger than life size nativity scene to the Grace Community Church in North Fork.
Joan painted the scene several years ago and has displayed it on her property along Road 200. Now it will have a new home at Grace Community, and be available for passers-by to enjoy throughout the holiday season.
Joan and her husband, Frank, will soon be moving to Friant, but they wanted the Christmas scene to stay a part of the North Fork tradition of art throughout the town.
Though Joan and Frank are looking forward to a new chapter in their lives, downsizing to much smaller home in Friant, their giving spirit and constant contributions to the community will be sorely missed.
They have hosted the annual Gathering of Musicians for many years, participated in the North Fork Community Choir and Squirrel Cage Theatre productions, and dozens of students have benefited from Joan’s artistic gifts, both in her art studio and at the keyboard learning to play the piano.
Joan’s murals can be seen throughout town, perhaps the most loved being the scene of logging days on the North Fork Market.
Now another of her beautifully painted creations will be shared with residents of the town she has called home for many years. A small group of volunteers gathered today to assemble the Nativity mural at Grace Community Church at 56442 Road 200.
The North Fork community has been blessed by Joan’s generosity many times over and she will be greatly missed!