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Future Exhibits

September 3 – November 26, 2020

Judith Anthony Johnston – Gallery Artist

“My current body of work contemplates symbols, reflecting upon their capacity to connect one to personal truths.
Melding waxes, pigments, oils, charcoals, and inks together helps me purposefully connect to everything around me.
Gold and metal leaf contribute a redemptive quality. A final layer of resin finishes with a transparency, allowing for observation and reflection.”

The Journey – Judith Anthony Johnston

Jody McQuillan – Atrium Artist

Jody McQuillan

“My artwork has always come from nature.  Images of growing things, sometimes realistic, impressionistic, or even abstracted nature images are my favorite subjects. I am stirred by natural hues of green growing things, lush rusts, golds, browns of the earth below, and the blue greens of bodies of water. I’ve also come to understand that in addition to the intrinsic  call for me to make art, the act of making it helps me process ideas and defuse the stressors of everyday life.  Making art brings me joy. Perhaps that is why I kept it just for me, rather than to pursue it as a career.
As an art student at Kearney State College my emphasis was drawing and painting, but I also loved printmaking and sculpture. Basically I loved it all, but felt my calling to education and I dearly wanted to keep art as my passion and release. Over the years my time, interest, and materials dictated what kind of artwork I created. I watercolored through the years my children grew. After our move to Norfolk I had access to a Kiln and worked in glass fusion always with organic colors and shapes. Beading and jewelry making soon followed after that and still continues today. It too, has had a shift toward the natural, semi precious stones and crystals. 
I stumbled onto liquid acrylic pour painting by accident about two years ago and found it delightfully freeing.  It can be used in paintings in parts of sky, water, or as an non objective abstraction image. I have played with many different types of painting, but there are hundreds pouring and swiping techniques.  The materials and unlimited colors have been a major draw for me. I can create something new everyday, and often do.”

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