j o a n

m y e r s o n

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I am a professional artist, former gallery owner/director of ArtForms Gallery, Manayunk and co-founder, co-director with Paula Mandel of The Stained Glass Project: Windows That Open Doors now in its 9th year, a non-profit after school art program for Philadelphia Public School youngsters.

For the past 5 years I have collaborated with Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, PH.D, senior rabbi of Congregation Keneseth Israel in creating artistic, historic Power Points. I also do graphics and posters for the synagogue.

Over the past 30 years my work has been exhibited in hundreds of invitational solo and group exhibitions including at the Temple Judea Museum at Keneseth Israel. My digital art has been featured in an art textbook as well as many news and art publications and major digital art websites. My work is in the collections of University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and the Museum of Computer Art (MOCA). Most recently I had a solo exhibition of my work at St. John's Church, Melrose Park. In June my work was exhibited at Bryn Athyn College. I am also featured in a solo exhibition at Harcum College, September 2014.

My art reflects the sum total of experiences and rumination about life, streams of consciousness swirling in my head and pouring out onto my computer or canvas. Psychologist William James said that "stream of consciousness" describes the complex flow of thoughts characterizing human consciousness.

I love bold colors and am intrigued by the intersection of art and technology allowing me to play with dozens of images or thoughts and layer them into my digital paintings. Art is the journal in which I record my deepest thoughts. As Picasso said, "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."

I start with events, ideas and images and soon am transported almost trancelike into storytelling. Sometimes the subject becomes so entwined in the colors and shapes I am the only one who knows it's there. The computer allows me to mold, shape, add and delete in ways that conventional art materials never could. The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. ~Pablo Picasso


The Museum of Computer Art designated my website as a "distinguished, world class" digital art website.
Shrager's grand gestures of paint and embroidered surfaces are reminiscent of the later abstraction of Frant Stella but also of the hyperbolic commentary of Red Grooms. With hints of modernists from Kandinsky to Jackson Pollock it is Chagall in particular who is evoked by the artist's dreamlike development of images...
Robin Rice, Philadelphia City Paper

Continue creating your excellent visual ideas... Miriam Schapiro

Paintings energized with bright... colors that... [are] full of surprises, Pollock-like feel... layering gives her work dimension... Art Matters

Your computer pieces were amazing... Judy Herman, Director Main Line Art Center

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