Author and illustrator pens 'Bay Village A to Z'

Joan Hozza Query, an author and illustrator, recently released a book from Bay Village, inspired by Bay Village and for Bay Village.

“Bay Village from A to Z” is an illustrated alphabet book that she created around 1940, when she was 12 years old. The drawings and the verses in the book reflect the spirit of the era and capture the charm of Bay Village, both past and present.

Joan Hozza Query was born in Cleveland in 1928 and moved to Bay Village at the age of 2. At the time, her family’s home was at the end of a country road, surrounded by woods and berry farms. She attended Bay Village public schools and graduated from St. Augustine Academy in 1946.

Her artistic talent was recognized early. She became an illustrator for American Greetings while still in high school. Joan Hozza Query went on to study art and costume design at Pratt Institute and Catholic University and found her calling as an art teacher. For more than six decades, she shared her talents with students, even instructing classes at The Cleveland Museum of Art. She experimented and excelled in several artistic media, including wood block carving and printing, watercolor painting, ceramics and textiles. She currently resides in Lakewood.

“Bay Village from A to Z” is available through the Bay Village Historical Society and is priced at $15. Visit for details.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:47 AM, 04.20.2021