Joyce Clark Lewton

Died Oct. 5, 2018


Joyce Clark Lewton, 89, of West Branch passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at home with Floyd and Wanda by her side.

Joyce was born Sept. 18, 1929, to Harrison and Florence Clark in Detroit. She lived in West Branch since 1975, formerly of the Detroit area.

Joyce Clark Lewton was a contemporary Michigan artist who was no ordinary observer of the people and objects around her. Lewton penetrated beyond the surface and revealed the secret truths concealed within her subjects. Her unique vision was expressed in the areas of landscape, portraiture and still life. Her current media included oils, pastels, water-soluble crayons and acrylics.

An art professional and teacher for many years, Lewton earned a Bachelor of Arts in art education from Wayne State University in 1951. Later, she completed a master’s degree in design/crafts at the same institution. Lewton taught pottery, jewelry making and design at Detroit’s Cass Technical High School before returning to her first love — painting — after retirement.

Lewton’s work is always strongly personal and evocative regardless of the subject or medium.

“My paintings begin with visual stimulation — real or imagined." Lewton said. “Then they grow in a seesaw fashion between action-reaction, experimentation and observation.”

Lewton exhibited at a number of galleries throughout her career. Early on, her work was shown at WSU, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Scarab Club, Arts Extended and the Detroit Artists Market, in addition to her own Detroit pottery studio. During her Florida years, she exhibited at the Manatee Council for the Arts, the Sarasota Art Association, the Manatee Art League, Long Boat Key Art Gallery, Florida Craftsmen Gallery and the Art Forms Gallery.

Since her return to Michigan, she exhibited at the Crooked Tree Art Gallery (Petoskey), the Detroit Artists Market, the Art Show at the Dog Show (Wichita, Kan.), the Jesse Besser Museum, the Margaret Harwell Art Museum (Poplar Bluff, Mo.), the Kirtland’s Warbler Festival, the West Branch Creative Arts Association, Saginaw Charter State of the Arts, the Frame Shoppe, Bay City Studio 23 and the Saginaw Art Museum.

Joyce had a passion for animals, reading and especially the West Branch Library. She still has exhibits at the West Branch Creative Arts Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lewton; and brother, Harrison Clark Jr.


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