Press Release
Posted October 27, 2021

Lorain County Community College’s Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery presents the exhibition “The DePolo Collection” of abstract paintings by JoAnn DePolo, Thur., Oct. 28 through Sat., Dec. 18. DePolo is an artist, author speaker, teacher who has a varied portfolio of bold abstracts.

An artists’ reception is set for 4-7 p.m., Thur., Oct. 28 in the gallery. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist. DePolo’s son Jared, a pianist, will provide live music during the reception. Jared, who composes music for film and entertainment in Nashville, will be composing and playing a myriad of improvisational music at the opening.

JoAnn’s unique paintings of bold abstracts, cityscapes and water scenes have gained recognition from art collectors and her art can be found hanging in the homes of several celebrities, including world-renowned artist Peter Max and recording artist Kenny Loggins. Her paintings are published in five art books. She is the author of “Making It as An Artist,” published in 2006, which takes a look at finding a successful path to an art career.

“JoAnn’s work has a lovely, musical flow,” said Beth Bryan, Stocker Gallery coordinator. “The Stocker Gallery is a refuge of sorts on campus, and this work will ideally excite as well as soothe the viewer.”

In her artist statement on her website, DePolo writes, “I create in the abstract. I have found my artistic perspective to be unconventional with an approach to painting without limits or boundaries.”

JoAnn is an advocate for advancing art enrichment throughout communities. She is highly sought after for her community arts organizing skills and has served on boards and advisory committees for a number of arts organizations including the City of North Olmsted Arts Commission.

DePolo’s North Olmsted studio and gallery opened in 2011, and is known for dynamic original concept fine art, individualized painting instruction and professional development.

All exhibitions and receptions at the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery are free and open to the public. The Gallery is open during exhibitions Mondays through Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and by appointment. Call (440) 366-4140. The gallery is also open for many evening and weekend events.

For more information, contact Beth Bryan, Stocker Arts Center Gallery coordinator at (440) 366-7822 or, or visit The Stocker Arts Center.