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Creating art together. 



Art Class: Gel Painting and Paper Weaving 
Taught by Joye Ardyn Durham - artist/photographer

In these five-week sessions, create wonderful abstract art with unique textures using gel paint, a gel plate, stencils, stamps, and other “found” items. The ancient art of paper weaving will be incorporated into art projects. Get a head start on special gifts for the holidays - greeting and holiday cards, gift tags, or framed art! Embrace your creativity and join in the fun to learn some new ways of artistic expression. No experience needed. Registration is open


Class Times:

Thursdays, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Class Dates:

October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16


Class Requirements: 

Maximum size 10 students per class, minimum 6 students.

Ages 16 and up. 



$150 per five week session (includes supplies)

Red abstract gel painting with multiple textures and thin black ink shapes
Abstract green mountain scene with purple and white skyline, with black ink swirl and white scribbles
Photograph of woven sheet music with fanned yello leaf on top
Photo of Joye Ardyn Durham smiling in front of a tree

Joye Ardyn Durham

Joye Ardyn Durham is an artist/photographer based in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Her interest in art began as a photographer more than 50 years ago and since that time she has been published in various publications throughout the world. She has a BA in Psychology with a minor in art and a Master of Arts in Theology and Communications. 

For 23 years Joye owned and operated the Gingko Tree Gallery and Frame Shop in Black Mountain. This is where Joye was able to display her artwork for customers’ enjoyment and to share the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as other areas of North Carolina. Joye has been the featured photographer in Our State Magazine and WNC Magazine (inaugural issue). She has also been published in other publications such as Wall Street Journal, ProNature Photographer Online Magazine, various area billboards, View Magazine, The Laurel of Asheville, Black Mountain News, Montreat Conference Center Faith and Life Project and more. After moving on from the Gingko Tree Gallery Joye worked as photo editor at the Laurel of Asheville before retiring.

Joye believes that abstract art is a beautiful form of the creative process. Even through photography a person can make abstract art through ICM or intentional camera movement. Joye has used her camera for impressionistic creations for years. Currently Joye spends her creative time painting, learning new painting techniques, teaching photography and gel plate printing.

She teaches for Montreat Conference Center Fall Crafts week and has also had many years experience teaching photography to both youth and senior adults across the US. Focal Press has used Joye’s photographic knowledge for pre-press book reviews and is a published photographer for Lensbaby, LLC.

Joye’s experience, education, and love for the creative process inspires her to show others fun through playing with paint. “Creativity is my passion bordering on obsession. When I’m covered in paint or out with my camera, I’m in my happy place.”

Joye's work will be on display at The Academy for the Arts in October and November. 

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