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Bighorns in Glacier National Park
Oil on Canvas by Joe Abbrescia
Hockaday Museum Permanent Collection
Joe Abbrescia (1936 - 2005)
Born in New York , Joe exhibited in early childhood a strong capacity to draw and paint. With the support and encouragement of his family, Joe received formal art training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. His talents never went unnoticed: he served as an illustrator in the U.S. Army, at its Anchorage, Alaska base; was a commercial artist for a major art studio in Chicago; and opened "The Village Art School" in Skokie, Illinois with his brothers, Dominick and John in 1965, where his unique teaching techniques were instrumental in the development of literally hundreds of aspiring painters. Joe Abbrescia moved to Montana, then to Arizona, and then back to Montana in 1992 where he and his wife, Sue, a fine potter, made Kalispell their permanent home and established the Abbrescia Fine Art Studios and Gallery where they showcased their work.
He received the Juror's Best of Show Award at the 2002 and 1998 C. M. Russell Museum Show and Auction as well as Best Painting and Artist's Choice Awards at prior C. M. Russell Shows. In 1998 Abbrescia was chosen to participate in the Glacier Park Artist in Residence program and a major oil was selected as Glacier National Park Art Collections fine art limited edition print.
He received the people's choice award at the 2001 Montana Land Reliance benefit, Artist's for Open Space. Joe Abbrescia ran a gallery in Kalispell, Montana with his talented wife Sue and their family. At the time of his premature passing in 2005, Joe was recognized as one of America's most distinguished landscape painters.