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Gift of a Lifetime Retrospective works of Joani Braun

December 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - December 31, 2022 @ 8:00 pm


“To know her was to love her… and our community loved Joani Braun’s art and vibrant personality very much.” – Lynn Streit

Twisted Fish Gallery, in collaboration with her family, are proud to present “Gift of a Lifetime,” a Retrospective of the career, works and life of Joani Braun.

We all think about the existential question of how we will be remembered when our life comes to an end. For artists, especially visual artists, legacy is a reward inherent in their profession. Their work continues to give joy, expound beauty, enhance aesthetics, lead us to introspection, inspire our own creativity, and release our emotions long after the artist has passed. The late local artist, Joani Braun, was keen to the spirit of giving gifts—often spontaneous and quirky but always from the heart—long before her passing last December.

It is fitting that Joani’s lifetime of art is a gift to us all this holiday season. Worthy of pause and an excursion to witness, her retrospective art show, “Gift of a Lifetime” will be on display from the opening reception, Friday, December 9th from 6 to 8pm through the end of December.

In recent years, Joani was mostly known for her watercolor paintings of subjects ranging from landscapes to homes, portraits and animals. Her expressive style chronicled life and the natural world in northern Michigan with a flourish often gracing the covers of her hometown newspaper, and adorning homes, restaurants and businesses. Visitors to the exhibit will also experience her gifts in other mediums such as wood carving, oil paint, pen and ink, collage, art therapy and education, illustration, and other experimental works.

Joani’s gift giving philosophy—as described so accurately in daughter and singer/songwriter Jen Thomas’s song, Wrap It Up: “When you find a little joy in life, wrap it up and give it back.”

All proceeds from the “Gift of a Lifetime” Exhibit go towards art education in Elk Rapids, with Joani’s desire to keep creativity flowing, especially with our youth.

*The Exhibit will run everyday that the gallery is open during December:

Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. 


December 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
December 31, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
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