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The Artist

 

Resch's use of light and texture is the signature of her unique style of watercolor artistry as she paints to the seasons.  Celebrating the spirit of winter, spring, summer and autumn in a variety of subject matter, Joanne paints from the heart in a spirit of deep appreciation for seasonal beauty. Via study and use of techniques reflecting the realism demonstrated by artists through the ages, as well as her interest and experimentation in Chinese Brush Painting, Resch continually fuels her creative journey with watercolor through the changing seasons.

A native of the Mohawk Valley, Joanne creates her original artwork in her studio at The Dutchmaster's Joinery, Ltd. located in Fort Plain, New York.  Using quality materials, she mats and frames her own work. As a way of perpetuating the life of her work, Resch has created an extensive line of note cards. They are printed from her original artwork and reflect the spirit of her style.

A 1982 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Joanne is affiliated with the Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, New York; Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, New York; the Mohawk Valley Center For The Arts, Little Falls, New York; and The Arts Factory Of Montgomery County. Her work has been shown throughout the Mohawk Valley, the Capital District, and beyond via juried art shows as well as solo exhibits. Resch's painting Trees For All Seasons was selected as the 2007 New York State Arbor Day Poster, being distributed to public institutions across the state and its borders.  In 2008, Joanne was a recipient of the Fulton-Montgomery County Individual Artist Grant for her book Journaling Along The Mohawk.

While painting from personal inspiration, Resch has also completed several commissions reflecting a broad spectrum of subject matter including historic sites and events depicting Mohawk Valley history. She has instructed watercolor workshops for local school districts as well as public libraries. Her workshop audience has ranged from preschool age to 99. Most recently, Resch has extended her art sessions to include time with those dealing with a variety of life's challenges in mind, body and spirit.  A schedule of private lessons continues to be part of Joanne's repertoire for those adults and youth wishing to experience art and art history on a one-to-one.

The artist resides in Fort Plain with her husband. Visit Joanne's gallery by appointment at The Canal Street Studio, Fort Plain or  www.dutchmastersjoinery.com .

 

The Clocksmith

Christopher R. Resch, a native of Rochester, New York, has lived in the Mohawk Valley since 1985. Along with his wife, Joanne, he has owned and operated The Dutchmaster's Joinery, Ltd. since 1995. A former finish carpenter, Resch started in the Horological field handcrafting clocks in the woodworking shop of the Joinery located in Fort Plain, New York. After repeated requests from customers to repair clocks, Chris sought an apprenticeship with an "old master." In the winter of 1998, Victor Phetterplace, who learned the trade in a Philadelphia horological school in the 1930's, spent 2 - 3 days per week working along side Resch. Chris joined the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the American Watch and Clock Institute. His apprenticeship was supplimented through continuous reading and viewing various video tapes from the associations.

As the repair business grew, Chris had less time to craft his own clocks. The Joinery became an authorized dealership for Hermle Clocks. In addition to Hermle clocks, they sold Schneider Cuckoo Clocks, manufactured in the Black Forest region of Germany. In 2006 The Dutchmaster's Joinery became an authorized Howard Miller & Ridgeway Service Center to repair Howard Miller Clocks. Through these various joint ventures, Chris has gained valuable experience dealing with the leading manufacturers of the clock industry.

The repair business continued to grow to the point that in January of 2007, Resch sold his woodworking equipment and ceased making new clocks. Chris & Joanne moved from their 2500 square foot location on Canal St. to a new shop set up specifically as a repair shop and art studio. As a result of the move, they are no longer selling retail clocks , which leaves Chris time to  repair clocks exclusively.

Prior to Chris's work in the horological field, he was a successful remodeling contractor in the Mohawk Valley. He is a 1982 graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.

Chris currently resides in Fort Plain with his wife.