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.

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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.

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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.

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.”

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

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

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“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!!

“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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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.

Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art

by Cheryl Penn

Image by Cheryl Penn

If you happen to be in the Atlanta area this coming Saturday (February 15), stop by Eyedrum at the C4/Fuse Arts Center for the Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art show. It will be quite an amazing night, filled with performance art, Fluxus, MailArt, mixed media, collage, and more. Free Poems on Demand will be there, filling words to order. I’ll have a new VisPo piece there as well. 🙂

‘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.