Joan Hanley (McLaughlin-Bartos)

Apr 1938 - Feb 2019

about JOAN'S LIFE and career

Renowned artist Joan Hanley, 80, of La Veta, passed away February 15, 2019 in Pueblo, Colorado.

Joan was born in New York and showed an early talent for art, winning a national art contest at the age of 15. Unfortunately when the judges found out her age, they disqualified her because “there was no way a child could have done the artwork.” Her subsequent sixty five year art career spanned painting (acrylic, watercolor and oil), multi-media murals, sculpting, illustrating and instructing. She was an active patron of the arts, community promoter, socialite, and merrymaker.

She studied at the Honolulu Academy of Art, University of Hawaii (B.F.A.), Dartmouth College, University of Colorado, American Academy of Art in Chicago (with Irving Shapiro), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works of art have been displayed at the Denver Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, Colorado State University (permanent monument), national corporate collections, private collections, restaurants (murals), galleries across America, and adorn La Veta Colorado’s public spaces. Her art can be viewed at JoanHanley.com.

Joan grew up in New York, and later lived in Honolulu, several northeast US locations, Boulder, Chicago, Denver, and finally settled in La Veta Colorado in 1991. She opened the Joan Hanley Fine Art Gallery in La Veta, CO (now Alys’), hosted community events, art receptions and concerts in her La Veta home since the 1990’s, beautified La Veta Main Street with several bronze sculptures, raised funds for, and volunteered her time and talents to local art related charities and projects.

Joan is survived by her brother, William McLaughlin of Upland, CA, five children, Joseph Bartos of Brooklyn, NY, Peter Bartos of Sykesville, MD, David Bartos of Boulder, CO, Mary Jane Bartos of Walsenburg, CO, James Bartos of Cincinnati, OH, three step children, eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and numerous extended family members. Joan is preceded in death by her late husbands, Professor Otomar J. Bartos of Boulder, Colorado, and Lawyer Robert F. Hanley of Chicago, Illinois.

Joan will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Robert F. Hanley, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Skokie, Illinois. A celebration of her life will be held on March 30th in La Veta, Colorado (details to be announced). In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be sent on Joan’s behalf to local charities: Sangre de Cristo Center for the Youth (https://www.gofundme.com/sangre-de-cristo-youth-services) and Museum of Friends in Walsenburg (https://www.gofundme.com/museum-of-friends-needs-your-help).Type your paragraph here.

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Joan Hanley was born in New York City and studied at the Honolulu Academy of Art, University of Hawaii (B.F.A.), American Academy of Art in Chicago (with Irving Shapiro), Dartmouth College, University of Colorado, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her career spans painting (acrylic, watercolor and oil), sculpting, illustrating and instructing. Her works have been displayed at the Denver Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, Colorado State University (permanent monument), national corporate collections, and adorn La Veta Colorado’s public spaces. Joan's career spanned 65+ years in drawing, painting (acrylic, watercolor, oils), sculpting and murals. Joan Hanley passed away in Pueblo, Colorado in February 2019 (obituary below).

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