Joan Watkin, of Saratoga Springs and Boca Raton, FL, was an artist, animal advocate, and beloved wife of former Saratoga Springs Mayor Raymond Watkin. Born in The Bronx in September 1933 to Nathan and Bertha Tubell, she graduated from the New York City High School of Music and Art, a select public school for the most talented young people in the city. She later studied painting at community college on Long Island and Skidmore College. Professionally, Joan worked in advertising in New York City, including packaging design for La Rosa Spaghetti products. After moving to the Capital Region with her husband, she worked at McManus-Riley, Woodard Voss, The Saratogian Newspaper, and other positions as a commercial artist. She also worked at her family business, Raymond's Bootery, a popular shoe store that was a mainstay of downtown Saratoga Springs in the 1960s into the 1990s. She maintained her fine arts talent and commitment, painting many fine portraits and landscapes in a variety of media throughout her later years. She was a regular participant in arts groups in both Saratoga Springs and Century Village, Boca Raton, the Watkins' winter home.
Programs & Events
UPH has hosted events in the vacant space on a temporary, seasonal basis for the past several years, while working towards its full restoration. At this time, there is no programming at UPH during our renovations.
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