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 isĀ (704) 896-8823.

Night Two of “Story”–Tonight!!!

Melissa D. Johnston Story Art Receptions Postcard

Tonight the second night of my show “Story” continues!! If you’re in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area, stop by and say “hi!” There’s more info on the Facebook invitation page.

“Story” Opens Next Tuesday!

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If you’re in or near the Charlotte-Lake Norman, NC area next Tuesday evening (November 17), come see me! It’s the opening of “Story.” The opening is at Old Town Public House in Cornelius, NC and starts at 7:30 p.m. Here’s the Facebook invitation.

The name “Story” refers to the stories told by the visual images in and of themselves, the mini-fairy tale-like stories (and fables) I’ve written to accompany the Eternal Childhood series (a series that features children in fantastic, magical, or dreamlike scenarios/places), and my own account of healing childhood trauma, which I’ve never talked about publicly before. Monday will recount the beginning of my healing journey, discussing six works of art in relation to it. Discussion of more art and more of my journey will follow in two more receptions–one in December, one in January. If you’re in the area, come out!

 

A Followup Interview at Ennyman’s Territory

Melissa D Johnston-expansion-Story-OTPHIn 2010, Ed Newman interviewed me for his blog Ennyman’s Territory. I was just beginning to find my legs creatively and his interest was a huge encouragement for me. A few weeks ago he contacted me again to do a followup interview. the door for portfolio 2015It was perfect timing. It made me think once again about why I do what I do and how I do it. It even helped me think more deeply about my current show “Story” and sparked the idea of turning the receptions into a weaving of autobiography, fairy tales, and images. So, thank you once again, Ed! The new interview, which came out today, is also at Ennyman’s Territory: “Artist Melissa D Johnston Revisited.”

“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!

‘Convergence’

DavidsonNews.net convergence article

Very cool. DavidsonNews.net/CorneliusNews.net has an article about the group exhibition ‘Convergence,’ which opens tomorrow at Brick Row gallery. Brick Row chose four artists from the Small Works Invitational for this show. I feel incredibly honored to be one of them.

Opening Reception is 6-9 p.m. Check it out! Here’s the Facebook Invitation.