A native Midwesterner, Joye Melby holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of North Dakota and earned her master’s degree in Art Education from Western Washington University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.
She works from her studios in Peoria, AZ, and Mill Creek, WA, and teaches a number of classes in drawing and painting for adult learners.
Joye’s early work was in fabric design – creating batiks that were featured in galleries from Lincoln City, OR, to LaConner, WA. She was a member of Gallery North, the Art Stall Gallery at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and has been featured at the Anacortes Art Gallery, the Pickford Gallery, Seahurst Gallery, Silver Spectrum Gallery, Schack Art Center and the Lynnwood Convention Center. Her master’s thesis art show featured oil paintings based on her love of family history and understanding one’s development through that history. Her love of color is evident in her more recent work on display recently at the Lynnwood (WA) Convention Center.
In 1990, Joye returned to the high school classroom where she established herself as an award-winning educator whose students have won numerous prestigious awards in regional and national shows. She was a runner-up for Washington State Teacher of the Year in 1999, was named Washington Art Educator of the Year in 2004 and served as Co-Chair of the Washington Art Education Association. In 2011, she studied under a T.I.C.A. grant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.