Meet the Artist

Joyce A. YoungArtist Joyce Ann Kurth Young includes all themes of beauty in her work, sharing art appreciation and specializaing in watercolor paintings.

Art education began in 1960 with courses at the University of Minnesota. Joyce graduated as a Dental Hygenist and worked in that field for twenty years. She started in visual arts with oil painting in Community Education classes and did volunteer artwork in school projects.

In 1987, Joyce obtained a B.A. Degree in Organizational Management at Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Employment in a business office followed; during this time her art interests led her to classes and workshops in the watercolor medium, eventually resulting in painting commissions.

Minnesota communities with art facilities interested Joyce. She became aware of opportunities that could be applied in the arts organization in Hutchinson, now called Hutchinson Center for the Arts. She was active in seeking local support to match a National Endowment for the Arts grant offered by the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council.

She opened Twin Birch Studios in 1989 for her watercolor and photography pursuits, maintaining home studios in Hutchinson and Walker, Minnesota. For two years she was based in St. Paul and participated in art opportunities there and at the Phipps Art Center in Hudson, Wisconsin. Upon relocating to Hutchinson, Joyce began giving instruction in watercolor to adult and school age children.

Her work received awards at the National level in the General Federated Women's Club competition, as well as state and local awards achieved in Minnesota exhibits. Solo exhibitions include Mt. Angel Abbey in Oregon, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, and the Hutchinson Library.

She released her first limited edition print, "Celebrate Peace" commemorating the Centennial Year at Peace Lutheran Church. She published a booklet and had greeting cards printed of the local Lakeside area following presentations and research completed as a SMAHC Emerging Artist.

Joyce was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and has lived in Hutchinson, Minnesota most of her life. She is married to E. Leslie (Les) Young. She is the mother or two sons and grandmother to six grandchildren. She is a lifetime volunteer in community, school and church projects.

Joyce's Mission Statement

To operate Twin Brich Gallery and Studios:

  • to paint and teach watercolor for personal enjoyment.
  • to develop art appreciation and talents in people of all ages.
  • to display and sell at a modest profit, personal, commissioned and consigned items of art for the enjoyment of people who appreciate fine art.
  • to be a mentor for emerging artists in need of encouragement.