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Ode to Joy: Ellinwood artit's work featured at BCC
robert joy art courtesy-photo
Joys main gallery is in Petrs Frame House, 2009 16th Street in Great Bend, which is run by former Barton art student Petr Grigorev. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Ellinwood artist Robert Joy will have his work exhibited in the display cases in the Fine Arts Building through mid-March.
Joy, 69, is a retired art teacher from the Great Bend area and has shown his artwork all over the United States.
“My art is just a mood and a feeling,” he said.  “I’ve been an artist all of my life, and since I’ve been retired, I can do it all the time.  It’s just a passion. I’ve got to draw.  All the time. Day and night.”
Barton Art Instructor Steve Dudek said Joy’s work has a strong elements of originality.
“His work involves imagination, fantasy and excellent composition and layouts,” he said. “It presents something different and unusual, that people might not otherwise see or even think about.”
Joy said his approach to the creative process is to stay true to who he is as an artist.
“I was a horrible artist until about 10 years ago, when I stopped trying to imitate other people and imitate other things and make people happy,” he said.   “I decided to just do what comes out of my head.”