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The Joan Allen Art Gallery

Current Exhibit:

Artwork of Camphill Academy student Era Montecillo.

In her own words:

“When I joined the Camphill Academy, I was introduced to watercolor painting. Each year we learned how to draw, use colors, use different mediums, and tell a story through board drawing. In my fourth year with the Academy, I chose to concentrate on art therapy. My therapy – and challenge – was to only use the primary colors of red, blue and yellow when painting.

At Camphill Ghent, I met one of our beloved residents who now have crossed the threshold. She was my painting partner. I was told that she loves the water and why not paint with her. The two of us painted a picture of a big full moon by the sea. During that time I challenged myself to start painting. I tried to experiment with acrylic, watercolor, and oil on canvas or paper. My current artwork is an artistic interpretation of my travels.”

A woman sitting in an arm chair holding a book open and looking at the camera

Joan Allen was a 2015 recipient of the Camphill Lifetime Achievement Award. She was known around the world for her contributions to architecture in the Camphill Movement in England, Ireland, Norway, and the United States. During the final years of her life she was a resident of Camphill Ghent. Joan Allen died in 2015.

The gallery is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


To inquire about exhibiting your artwork in our gallery, please email

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