Paintings by Constance Stockwell Johnson at Reflection Gallery Dec. 1 to Jan. 6
An opening reception and artist talk will take place at the gallery Thursday, December 2, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Johnson's exhibition features abstract pairs of figures in dreamlike environments that represent human connectedness and addresses some issue of wholeness and healing for our society. She uses watercolor and ink with bold shading techniques, complemented by her diverse color palette. Her vivid brushstrokes and style variety will intrigue any viewer and spark the imagination.
"Some of the art in this show is about what we can offer when we choose a connection with the Earth rather than a societal focus on corporate globalization, consumerism, and exploitation," Johnson says, "while other works bear a more quiet relationship to these ideas."
Johnson's collection winds many themes together. She says she is inspired by the space around her and its influence weaves its way into her work, and that her pieces depict reflective and contemplative spaces. Throughout her life, Johnson says her connection to her surroundings has been a constant source of fascination and reverence and that in her art she senses her own connection to the Earth.
As a painter, Johnson wants to portray the hope that people can act together to sustain, vitalize, and joyously celebrate our shared humanity. She hopes that her art provides viewers with the opportunity to honor their sense of place and to walk among their brothers and sisters on this planet.
Johnson, a 14-year resident of the Copper Country, has shown her work at many area galleries. She has also worked as a scene painter at Calumet Theatre and taught the Art for Elders program.
The Reflection Gallery is located on the second level of Finlandia's Jutila Center campus, Hancock. For additional information, please contact Yueh-mei Cheng, professor of studio arts, at 906-487-7375 or e-mail FinlandiaReflectionGallery@gmail.com.
Photo cutlines: Paintings by Constance Stockwell Johnson