Surviving the “Great Holiday Take Down” – Artist as Collector

Surviving the “Great Holiday Take Down” – Artist as Collector
New Jersey based artist Joy Kreves is this week’s guest blogger for the Artist as Collector Series.
Joy Barth
Christmas Card 2013

Joy Barth‘s work is very textural with some kind of transcendent quality, which is very immaterial, non-physical.  This fascinates me.  

Although I have purchased Joy Barth‘s work, this small painting arrived in the mail as a Christmas card this past year. Typical of her work, it shows her muted palette and surface that has undergone much back-and-forth working with scrubbing and washes, sparkling textures, and the mystical quality that her best works achieve.  

I love it so much that it survived the great “Holiday Cards Take Down,” and is still on the mantel. 

Joy Kreves is a mixed media artist whose work explores human-earth-universe interconnectedness, using all sorts of created and found materials.

Gilded Bee Bowl Setting
Ceramic, preserved moss, cornstarch, twigs, real gilded bees
 6″h. X 17″ w.  X 14″l.


  1. junko
    March 3, 2014

    I have been a fan of Joy Barth for decades. Her work is amazing–

  2. Nanci Hersh
    March 3, 2014

    Hi Junko, glad to hear you have known, and are a fan of Joy Barth’s work for so long. That’s why I love having this series because I continue to learn about new wonderful inspiring artists. Always looking for more… thank you for commenting.


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