Joy J. Gee – D&J Studios
1021 Yale St., Sacramento, CA 95818
I have been drawing for as long as I could remember…we did not have a lot, but we always had paper and pencil. my favorite story was the Wizard of Oz… If I did not have to work in the backyard vegetable garden, I would spend my time drawing up stories and designing shoes…
I attended Sacramento Chinese Language School, Wm Land Elementary, Lincoln Jr. High and graduated Sacramento High in 1968. I got my BFA in Art from Sacramento State in 1973 and had classes from a few inspiring emerging West Coast artists of the time; I also took classes in costuming and puppetry. I worked nights for the California State DMV as a clerk and proofreader, before leaving for Los Angeles to attend the Art Center College of Design and for a few summers, worked as a Watercolour Portrait Artist at Disneyland, Anaheim, in their New Orleans Square. I graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 1973 and started work as a technical illustrator at TaDon Graphics in Santa Monica and moved on doing layout/designing/ illustration at their subsidiary, Executive Graphics, Inc., downtown Los Angeles; I served as a customer liaison, illustrator and supervisor for in-house AV slide presentations for clients as Hughes Aircraft, TRW , Sperry Univac, and Security Pacific Bank.
After joining Hume Publishing, Inc., which published books, newsletters and media for financial education and a department for home schooling, I worked as production and art director using computer desktop publishing and coordinated with the editorial freelance staff. After the company consolidated back east, I started my own D&J Studios and freelanced at different venues including Los Angeles and American Bungalow Magazines and Bronson Pharmaceutical where I set up photo shoots on location and in studio.
Since returning to my hometown, Sacramento in 1994, I worked on production with MGW News and freelanced around town with GraphixStaff. I became the art director at , Business Printing & Copies, Inc. from 1997 to 2002; working with customers on business cards, manuals and books and newsletters through to handling the printing on site and being the representative to LeTip International Networking.
I left in 2002 to work as an “Artist Who Teaches”, in the After School Arts programs with MatrixArts and Maryellen Burns in the Sacramento Regional schools, libraries and community centers. I participated as a visual arts instructor in the Arts in Demonstration Program with the California Arts Council through the California Cultural Assembly and Robbin Ware. I really enjoyed working with kids including at Roberts Family Development Center for Darrel and Tina Roberts in North Sacramento and helped out at their Night Outs and Slippers Fundraisers. Encouraging the youth to become engaged, making learning fun and working with the community has always made my experience as a facilitator, worthwhile, and believe it goes the same for the kids. One summer I arranged a field trip to tour the behind-the-scene fabrication of some county exhibits by Richard Bay’s group at the State Fair and helped enter one class video project to exhibit at the Fair’s Youth Exhibits. In 1997 I helped build and design 2 exhibits for the State Fair and 2 demonstration displays. I just finished my annual docenting at the Fine Arts Building this summer.
I work at home and in my midtown studio at the Kennedy Art Gallery where I assist with our 2nd Saturday Art Walks. I am planning upcoming workshops there and with Patris Art Gallery in Oak Park as well as with the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael I have been in the Sac State Alumni Shows and get out to Winters to paint in their Annual Plein Aire Festival and also help facilitating Morning Coffee Arts Group, co-founded with Maryellen Burns in 2011, to share and create art and writing projects. I am presently working on the 2nd compilation of the Morning Coffee Anthology to print at the I Street Press at the downtown City Library, where I have assisted at their writing and publishing workshops and a children’s book based on my cat, Lucky.
Member and Affiliations include:
- Renaissance Society at Sac State,
- Sacramento Book Collectors Club
- Sacramento Preservation (previously Sacramento County Historical Society) and
Home Tour & Street Fair Committee
- Preservation Sacramento
- Sacramento County, California State History Day,
- The Old Yellow School House in Old Sacramento,
- Co- Judge of Annual Christmas Gingerbread Houses
- Sacramento Cultural Map to the Arts, California Cultural Assembly
- DASH Trolley map, Downtown Partnership
- Illustration for Sacramento Magazine
- California State Fair, DNA and Straw bale Exhibits
Murals Commissioned at:
- Cesar Chavez Elementary (with kids),
- Noralto Elementary (with kids)
- Bridgeway Towers , Breezeway at 500 N Street, Sacramento
- Home Office in Greehaven, Mr. Mike Moyers, Sacramento
- Safetyville, USA, off Bradshaw, Sacramento
Additional Participation in Arts and Children Programs include:
- ScholorShare at Fairytale Town, William Land Park, Sacramento
- Race for the Arts, Sacramento
- Arts In River Park, Sacramento
- UCD Davis Whole Earth Festival, Davis
- ChalkItUP, Sacramento
- Passport to Summer
- Sacramento Public Libraries, Events including Chinese Lunar Festivals
Let’s Make a Face, Portrait Drawing at Fair Oaks Community Fair, 2004
The Art of toys