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The AVA family has lost one of its cherished members: John F. Joline IV died on June 3, following an almost three-year long valiant fight with cancer. For more than twenty years, John has been one of our core instructors, teaching magnificent art classes for children as well as adults, including Cartooning, Delights of Drawing in Pencil and Pen, Digital Photography for Kids, Acrylic Painting, Rigorous Representation, Architectural Design and Holistic Collaborative Drawing. Over the years, hundreds and hundreds of children delighted in his teaching, and John, in turn, took the greatest pleasure in encouraging the talent of his students.

John, who held a degree in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, was an expert in the theory of Cubism. He was a passionate mountain climber and touched hundreds of lives as a mentor and climbing guru through the Dartmouth Outing Club. Not surprisingly, the natural world always served as a source of inspiration for his art, though his paintings—some of which will be displayed at AVA in the fall—are more expressionistic, relating visually to the “abstract thankas” of Eastern Art.

According to the wishes of his family, memorial contributions can be made to AVA’s Scholarship Fund, and mailed to 11 Bank Street, Lebanon, NH 03766. Gifts in John’s memory will be applied to scholarships for children and teens to take classes at AVA.

John leaves a huge void and is deeply missed by us all.