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Exhibit at McPherson College Features 'Jazzy' Paintings by Sally Johnson

posted Jan 11, 2012 in CAMPUS EVENTS

The paintings currently on display at McPherson College seem to glow in striking colors with their own light. Sally Johnson, an artist formerly of Lindsborg, Kan., has leant 15 of her eye-grabbing acrylic paintings to McPherson College through Jan. 29 in Friendship Hall.

“I don’t think anyone could walk through here and not notice them,” said Wayne Conyers, professor of art. “These paintings call out to you and say, ‘Stop. Look at me.’”

From realistic paintings to haunting dreamscapes, Johnson’s use of light, contrast and color draw the viewer in. Conyers has been following Johnson’s work for most of her 40-year career, and is excited to finally feature her work at a McPherson College exhibit.

“For years I’ve wanted to have her work,” Conyers said. “Her use of color and texture and pattern – these just sing. If paintings were music, we’d be hearing jazz.”

Now residing in Bolivar, Mo., Johnson worked for years from Lindsborg, Kan., and it is in Kansas that her work is best-known. But her work has traveled throughout the United States and overseas, such as Westminster Galleries and Blackheath Gallery in London. Her work has appeared in juried shows such as the Kansas Gallery One Exhibit, Kansas Traveling Landscape Exhibit, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit and the Kansas Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition. Among her awards are first place at the 25th annual Chautauqua National Exhibition in Chautauqua, N.Y.

Johnson describes herself as a colorist, inspired by reality to construct a magical image.

“Each painting involves the stillness of isolated moments that take place in my mind,” she said. “Some pieces are based on actual locations; some are composites of different places, while others are completely imaginary. My work involves the function of memory, imagination and intuition.

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