Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne was born in Stamford, CT and at age 5 discovered her passion for making art. She went on to study at The School of Visual Arts in New York and has become known as an artist/art instructor in the Fairfield County area. For over seven years she has created programs for Summer Art at the Weston Field Club, the Norwalk Senior Center and has taught Paint, Draw & More! Art Classes throughout Fairfield County, she also worked with children’s art workshops at the Yonkers New York Library for Black History month. She produced a line of greeting cards, mugs and reproductions based on her art. Her work has drawn attention from newspapers and magazines and was featured in such Furnishing Magazine’s article; Up Against the Wall. She has appeared on the television show, “Our Lives” with Gwen Edwards, Channel 12 and numerous radio broadcasts.
She is drawn to materials and uses feathers, fabric, wood, dried flowers and more, but it is the sheer joy of creating that comes through in her work the combination of vibrant colors and mixed media lures you in on a visual tour; each piece of artwork has a life of its own. Claybourne embraces her heritage and explores her creativity with each piece of artwork. Her desire is to endure this creative journey and originate unique and imaginative pieces of art to be shared with the world
Since 2004, Claybourne’s work has been exhibited in local and national venues; Picture That LLC. Stamford CT, the Rosenthal Gallery at Rich Forum and the Sackler Gallery at the Palace Theatre in Stamford CT, The Flow of Art Gallery Norwalk CT, Tanah Gallery New Rochelle NY. Norwalk Community College Norwalk CT, the Blue Door Gallery Yonkers, Silvermine Art Guild New Canaan CT, the SoNo Arts Festival Norwalk CT, the ArtExpo New York NY, the Black Expo in Meriden CT, Las Vegas NV, Show Place in High Point NC and the World Trade Center in Atlanta GA.
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