Portrait with workJoan 12 April 2014 crop

 Contact Information: jmcgivney@rogers.com

I  am both an artist and Art Educator. After a high school      teaching career of 32 years both as a visual arts teacher and department head, mainly at Michael Power St. Joseph High School in Toronto, I retired in 2004.Since then I have been painting extensively, mainly in oils.

My work is about the beauty I see around me. Whether I am painting a landscape or the human form, I am always looking for that elusive quality of light which renders dynamic forms. I love colour and I love how colour is changed by light and shadow. I get excited when I look at a magnificent cloud formation, at the beautiful shadows made by trees on snow, at the individual beauty of each person’s face and form. Painting for me is truly  an act of joy, and realism is the style I choose to express this joy..

I have been involved  in many group shows and studio tours over the past  years, including The Scarborough Arts Guild outdoor art show, The Queen West Art Crawl, The Markham Outdoor Art Show, The Bayview Art Tour, The North York Visual Arts Tour and the North Toronto Group of Artists Studio Tour and Sale, Art at the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre ,  and Art at the Shops of DonMills. In 2007 I had a solo show at the Uof T Faculty club and in 2009  through Artify, had a solo show at Dukem Rstaurant.

Currently I will be in The NYVA Art Show and Tour Sept. 25& 26, Oct.1 & 2; The NTGA Group Show at Starbucks, Brookdale and Yonge, Oct.1-31, A Solo Show at the same  Starbucks, Nov. 1-30, The NTGA Show at Blessed Sacrament Church Nov. 5 & 6, and in the Lawrence BIA Art Walk Oct. 16- Nov. 4 showing my work in Ardith One on Yonge Street


  1. Hi Ms. McGivney,

    I don’t know if you remember me but I used to be a high school student of your art classes and Cyber arts classes in around the mid to late 90s at MPSJ. I actually had tried to find an email to contact you but could only find this web page. I had always been one of those students that wasn’t bad in school grade-wise, but was always getting in trouble. The reason I am trying to contact you is to thank you. You were one of the few teachers that actually made my school years something to look forward to. You always looked passed my bad or silly behaviour and helped me see a passion for the arts. I hated school but always loved coming to art class. I wasn’t one of the most talented students, but you always saw what little talents I had and always encouraged me with my art. Your art lessons on perspective drawings, relief printing, clay modeling and sculpting were what I remember most. I am currently a TCDSB Elementary school teacher and have had the opportunity to teach art not only in Toronto but overseas in South Korea, and Taiwan. Your influence on me in Visual Arts has helped me influence many students in Toronto and overseas. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the teacher that you are. Your teachings have made not only a big impact on my art but also on my life! Thank you!

    • Christian, you made my day , and I do remember you. Thank you and am thrilled you get to use what you learned in your teaching career. BTW my email is jmcgivney@rigers.com

  2. Hi Joan – I am a friend of Evy’s and would like to get in touch…..looking for your number. I can be reached at 416-485-0004 – Colleen.

  3. joan this is marlene kornwich kreppner with no internet skills or net access. I heard about evlyn passing and would very much like to speak to you if you could call me at home 905-476-5931 in keswick. You are in my heart.My husband has an e mail: kreppner@hotmail.com accessed at the library.

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