I was fortunate to know Joyce Furhman toward the end of her life.
Joyce was a self-styled art collector and promoter and the primary representative for “outsider artist” Reg. K. Gee.
In 1999, I designed, developed and launched Joyce’s Web site, Art-Search.net. The site was, by today’s standards, very primitive. Considering its place in Web publishing history, however, it was respectable and served its purpose well.
I developed all of the site’s content, writing copy and photographing dozens of Gee’s paintings for online display . I also managed Joyce’s e-commerce efforts, working with Joyce to establish a PayPal account and to sell paintings on eBay and the now-defunct Amazon.com Auctions service.
During nearly three years of work as Joyce’s Webmaster and public relations consultant, I wrote press releases for several of Gee’s private gallery and public New York showings, including the 8th Annual Outsider Art Fair (January 25-28, 2001) and the 5th Annual National Black Fine Art Show (February 1-4, 2001). I also promoted the selection of two of Gee’s works in the 2002 In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Joyce died in 2003. Her collection of Gee paintings, and her domain, was sold to another promoter. Art-Search.net looks nothing like the site I designed more than a decade ago. It does, however, include the biography and excerpts of several press releases I wrote, and some of the photographs I took of Gee’s artwork.