Winner of “All Colors of the World” Challenge

So excited to have my piece “we build with what we can” named this month among the twenty winners of the international mobile art challenge “All Colors of the World.” Our work will be part of the “All Colors of the World” exhibition in Cagliari, Italy at the MEM Mediateca del Mediterraneo. Because of Covid-19, the exhibition no longer has a definite date, but the organizers are still expecting to host it this year. It is truly an honor to be part of this exhibition filled with some of the best mobile art from around the world! Special thanks to judges Giulia Baita, Clint Cline, Eliza Badoiu, Manuela Matos Monteiro, and Gianluca Ricoveri.

we build with what we can

Come see me at “Home Grown”

 

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Crossing Over

There’s a great opening tonight for the art show “Home Grown” at Cornelius Arts Center. I have a piece in the show, “Crossing Over,” and there will be many, many great pieces by local artists. If you live in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area, come out! It’ll be from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with the artist talk at 7:00 (I’m one of the speakers).

Cornelius Arts Center is located at 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, NC 28031. The phone number is (704) 896-8823.

Last Night of “Story”

And so we come to the end of the story. Night 3 of my show “Story” takes place tomorrow night beginning at 7:30 p.m. at OTPH in Cornelius, NC. The Facebook invitation is here. I’ll share stories (my own and the art’s) 8ish. I’m so thankful to all the people I’ve met and all the support I’ve received–and a chance to know that when we share stories, we touch each other and remind each other that we’re not alone–and that there’s always hope.

Melissa D Johnston-Muse-Story-OTPH

My Show is featured in The Herald Weekly!

The Herald Weekly Story exhibition

A special thanks to The Herald Weekly and reporter Bruce Dunbridge for their article, “Exhibit explores artist’s trauma” in the December 26-31 edition (pages 18-19). I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Bruce and learned even more about myself and my artistic process in our conversation. There is an online version here.

October Fine Art America Contest Wins and My First Solo Show!

I had two third place contest wins at Fine Art America in October!

Melissa D Johnston-To Touch the Moon blog post

“To Touch the Moon” won third place in the contest “Enchanted.”

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“Muse” won again (!), this time a third place win in “Best Digital Art on FAA.”

But the best news is that both of these images will be part of my first solo show called “Story,” which opens Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Old Town Public House in Cornelius, NC. The show will run for three months, and the reception will be full of “story” in both image and word form. More details coming soon!!

“Element” opens at Brick Row Gallery

Element Art Reception Post CardI have a piece tonight at “Element,” Brick Row Gallery’s latest show. It should be a fantastic mix of local artists and their works. I’d taken a bit of a sabbatical from showing, and I’m happy to be back!

There’s also an article in The Herald Weekly, where I was given a chance to talk about my work for the show.

If any of you live near the Charlotte/Lake Norman area, come say “hi!” I’d love to meet you!

“The Power of Labeling” exhibition

the incluseum emblem from FBThere are exciting and innovative things going on in the art world right now. The Incluseum is one of them. It’s a Seattle-based project that seeks social inclusion in museums. Part of that mission is to rethink how institutional cultural spaces operate in general. Recently they decided to play with a traditional museum function: the exhibition. They asked, “What would a digital exhibition look like and what would its process be if inclusion was THE central and driving value?” Working for months with community advisors, non-profits, artists, and other creatives, they decided to host an exhibition that addressed the power of labeling.

This is from the call for entries:

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authenticity

Museums are known for labeling. How does that impact our experience of objects and art? What happens when we label people? How have people labeled you and how do you label yourself?

I’m delighted to say that one of my digital works, “authenticity,” is in this exhibition. “authenticity” addresses the question of how we identify and label things—primarily people and their creations—as authentic Who has the authority to do that? How? What is authenticity anyway? Is it a projection of the viewer onto the other? How does one know when one is being authentic? “The Power of Labeling” began in May and runs through September 2, 2014. Check it out. There are some super cool provocative pieces there.