Even within the dynamic and tumultuous 1960s West Coast art scene, painter Joan Balzar stood out from the crowd. In person, the chain-smoking fashionista exuded the verve and bravado of the most testosteronefuelled artists of Los Angeles and New York. Her op art canvases matched her persona: intensely bright and highly sophisticated.
Visual artist, art teacher, LGBT youth mentor, vintage store owner. Born on March 30, 1958, in Levittown, Pa.; died on Oct. 27, 2015, in Toronto, from polycythemia rubra vera, aged 57.
I am the biggest Anne of Green Gables fan ever. Gilbert Blythe was my favourite character in the books - above Anne, Diana and all the other popular characters. I read all of the books, always talking about Gilbert Blythe, Gilbert Blythe, Gilbert Blythe.