Chelsea Painters

Joan Plohr – In Memory

Joan Plohr
Joan Plohr

Joan Louise Perl Plohr, age 90, passed away on September 19, 2015 in Ann Arbor Michigan. She shared 66 years with her love, Warren Plohr. She was born on April 23, 1925, to May Walter and Augustus Perl. She grew up in beautiful Mansfield, Ohio, playing with her cousin Bea and her dog, Nuisance.

"Dancers", Pen and Gouache, 18 x 20
“Dancers”, Pen and Gouache, 18 x 20

Joan’s beloved brother, Walt, taught her to drive at age 13, taking the back roads all the way to Lake Erie. She attended St. Mary’s boarding school in South Bend, Indiana and studied Art and Fashion Design at Carnegie Mellon. There she met a handsome pilot at the beanery, and married him in Mansfield. Boy, could they jitterbug. Joan and Warren moved to Cleveland, and Warren went to work for NASA during the exciting space race years. Joan worked equally long hours with their three children Brad, Bonnie and Bob. The family spent happy summers on Lake Gage in Indiana, where Joan and Warren had a wonderful circle of friends.

Joan had such of sense of fun. She flunked her college gym course, skipping class to learn how to play bridge. That skill served her in good stead, adding many great friends and happy hours. She loved to drink wine, tell jokes, drive fast, play golf and bet. All of this was done with her friends and family. She adored her grandchildren, Fred, Sam, Celia, Ben, Tate and Linus, spending time teaching them to draw and play cards.

Joan drew and painted throughout her life, becoming a talented watercolorist. In the early nineties Joan and Warren retired to Ann Arbor, Michigan where the Chelsea Painters welcomed her into their family. This was a great joy for her; she grew as an artist and multiplied her friends. She studied with many renowned artists in oil, watercolor and Sumi-e Ink. Her portraits were drawn with quiet care based on penetrating observation of the face and figure.

Joan was an award winner in both Ohio and Michigan, a member of the Ann Arbor Women Artists, and both the Ohio and Michigan Watercolor Societies. Her painting, “Cowboy”, was juried into the 2007 Annual All-Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

A selection of paintings by Joan Plohr