Jane Baker


155 Stage Island Rd
Chatham, MA 02633
P: 508-945-3254



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Joan Caefer received degrees in both art and counseling from Boston University, Massachusetts. She furthered her studies at Wellesley College, the College Art Study Abroad in Paris, France, and the Printmaking Center at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Among the influential figures with whom she has studied are Janet Folsom, Victor Candell, Michael Mazur, Brenda Horowitz and Dan Welden. Joan lives on Cape Cod and works from her studio overlooking Stage Harbor and the Chatham lighthouse.

As a young student-artist, Joan enjoyed working in acrylics, watercolors, pencil-and-ink drawings. Since adopting monotypes as her major focus, she has created a unique method of developing her painting/printing technique. Every monotype is an adventure for her - an image waiting to emerge. Joan sees images everywhere - on the floor of an old barn, reflections cast over the water, in the New England woods and memories of years spent in Austria, Italy and especially Provence - images that later become paintings. Her more recent work has a greater depth of field, new richness of color, with multiple layers and a variety of themes. Parts of her psyche and emotional inner being are communicated to the viewer so that he is then able to project his own feelings into the subject. But each and every piece of work is a one-of-kind, unique creation with many lyrical qualities.

Joan's work has received many awards and has been featured in exhibitions and galleries around New England as well as in national shows. One small Caefer watercolor and a large monotype are included in the Dr. Beatrice H. Barrett collection in the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Joan is a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., former president of the Printmakers of Cape Cod as well as having served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Chatham Cultural Council and the Creative Arts Center of Chatham, Massachusetts. Her current membershps include the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Monotype Guild of New England, the Printmakers of Cape Cod, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum where her work has been accepted in many member and juried shows.