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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 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 notecards. They are printed from her original artwork and reflect the spirit of her style. An annual 12 month calendar has become yet another way to celebrate Joanne’s broad range of watercolor renderings.

A 1982 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Joanne is affiliated with the Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, NY; the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, Little Falls, NY; and the Central New York Watercolor Society. Her work has been shown throughout the Mohawk Valley, the Capital District, and beyond via juried art shows as well as solo exhibits. One of Joanne’s paintings was selected as the 2007 New York State Arbor Day Poster which was distributed to public institutions across the state and its borders.

While painting from personal inspiration, Resch has also completed several commissions reflecting a broad spectrum of subject matter. She has instructed watercolor workshops for local school districts as well as public libraries. Currently, Joanne is teaching adult watercolor workshops to interested Valley residents and has established art sessions for children from preschool thru sixth grade  via Home Schoolers' Artist of the Month Series and The Art Box.  Wishing to share and convey the fluidity and relaxation watercolor painting can provide, Resch has extended her art sessions to include time with those that are dealing with a variety of life's challenges in mind, body, and spirit. Joanne's on-line Student Gallery reflects such work.  A schedule of private lessons continue to be part of Resch's repretoire for those adults and youth wishing to experience art on a one-to-one.

The artist resides in Fort Plain with her husband.

 

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.