Cartoon Folk Artist. VAC Gallery Artist.

Joel Greenwald– A retired social worker, I have the time to devote to my varied artistic interests. My art on display at the Voorhees Art Center offers a glimpse into my “ceramic silliness”, characteristic of what I call my “cartoon folk art” style. In the first photo (above), I created a photo frame for my first grandchild, Ethan. He really liked dinosaurs and I figured it was time to introduce him to my sense of humor. After entertaining Ethan with Finger Faces, I began to sculpt mezuzah cases which hold a prayer and are commonly found on the right doorjamb as you enter a Jewish home or most interior rooms within the home. I wanted one which immediately communicated it held a “message from above” and created “Charlton”.In addition to the ceramic arts, I have also created jigsaw-murals – pictures painted onto interlocking half-inch plywood pieces. My latest project was for my grand-nephew’s nursery. Since my niece and nephew-in-law are scuba divers, Theo’s is a twenty-piece underwater-jigsaw mural for above his dresser (twenty-one, including the spotted eagle ray).If what you see in my cabinet at the Gallery inspires you to imagine something you don’t see, please let me know. I much prefer to create something especially for you.  You can find photos of other pieces I’ve created at my on-line shop: or on my Facebook page: GrandpaToys.Etsy.Com.

Thanks for taking the time. I hope my art makes you smile.

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