“Fluid Forms” Francene Christianson, Jan McKeachie Johnston

May 7 – Jun 4
Opening reception Sat, May 7, 5-7PM
Francene Christianson, Jan McKeachie Johnston,
Opening reception Sat, May 7, 5-7PM

In our continuing series of exhibitions focusing on women artists of our region, our new show features the work of painter Francene Christianson and ceramic artist Jan McKeachie Johnston.

Minnesota painter Francene Christianson is intrigued by ‘the ‘passing view’ and many of her landscapes are ideas that she finds while traveling. “I like to use bold colors and dramatic shadows to capture nature’s perfect design,” says Christianson. Originally from Southern California, Christianson had a long career in art direction and graphic design for creative agencies in Los Angeles and Manhattan before returning to painting. She often captures her chosen scenes in black and white photographs that serve as reference points back in the studio.

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Wisconsin ceramic artist Jan McKeachie Johnston’s studio practice is founded on ceramic traditions from England and Japan, and the majority of her works are wood fired in a kiln built after the Japanese style. “Working within a traditional framework, it is important to me that my work moves beyond that framework to carry information personal to myself to the viewer/user.” Jan earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 2004. Her work has been featured in Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly and is included in the collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA.

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