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!!

Apple Farm Photo and Edit Collaboration

My son Wesley took this photo at an apple farm this weekend and asked me to have some fun editing. There may be more photos and edits coming…fun!

apple farm with Wesley

Wesley just posted another photo from the apple farm that he also edited called Un Rêve du Natsu no Ringo. This proud mom is saying, “check it out!”

Old Photos, New Play: Back to Nature and Landscapes

I take a lot of photos with my iPhone. That’s why I have 64 GB storage. I don’t like to let very many of them go. Recently I’ve been in a landscapes mood. I’ve been scrolling through my camera roll, my fingers itching to play with expanses of nature.  So I played and edited three old photos along with a new photo I took last week (“lone pole,” the last one below). Sometimes a photo I dismiss in the moment turns out, six months later, to be exactly what I wanted.

field in winter snow

field in winter snow

barn in fog

barn in fog

lone fisherman

lone fisherman

lone pole

lone pole

Art Contest Win at Fine Art America

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So excited to win First Prize in the Office Art Decor Sepia Art Content at Fine Art America Sunday evening! The Office Art Decor group puts together galleries of the best artwork available on Fine Art America for professional spaces. This particular contest was focused on sepia tones only. There were 277 images in the competition. The prize is a coveted space on their homepage (they choose 5 images/week and the winner of the contest gets a space automatically). So–I’m stoked! Pictured above is a screen shot of their page for this week with my image, “Muse.”

“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!

Eternal Childhood: Phases

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A recent iPhone creation, using one of the photos I took last Sunday at Jones Bridge Park in Norcross, Georgia. It’s a part of a new series, Eternal Childhood, which explores the magic of childhood–a magic than can exist in every moment, even for adults.

“Resolve to be always beginning—to be a beginner!” –Rainer Maria Rilke

“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:

authenticity

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.

‘Convergence’

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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.