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The Vision of Place/The Vertin Gallery

Finding a sense of place

March 4, 2010
By STACEY KUKKONEN, DMG Writer

CALUMET - Inspired by local destinations, K. Carlton Johnson brings a selection of paintings to the Vertin Gallery in Calumet.

"The Vision of Place" will be on display throughout the month of March at the Vertin Gallery. An opening reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery.

The name comes from the very place Johnson draws her inspiration - the places and landscapes of the local area.

"I do a rather large painting, a 30-by-36, and it deals with landscapes but more about what it place," she said. "It's about where we live in essence and not an actual of, say, downtown Calumet."

Working with a large canvas and acrylics, Johnson translates her ideas and visions onto canvas.

"I work with some very beautiful colors," she said. "There are a lot of wonderful artists that have inspired me."

Johnson said she started painting when she was 3 years old and has honed her talents for nearly 60 years, creating several works of art for her collection, even teaching art at Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools.

Approximately 20 pieces of art, showcasing visions of place, will be on display.

"You'll see a lot of blues, because our lake is so wonderful here and our sky is blue," Johnson said. "The rest of the work is rather interpretive."

Johnson is no stranger to the Vertin Gallery - she's shown pieces at the gallery before.

"'Place' is a word that can have many definitions," she said in her artist's statement. "As an artist, I have tried to find the magical prescription that works both in the realm of physicality and meaning.

"Often we think of 'place' as a landscape or the void of something in a material location. What I have tried to do in these paintings on exhibit at the Vertin Gallery is to paint 'place' regardless of specific scene."

Johnson, a native of the Copper Country, said she is most inspired by natural beauty in the land "above the bridge" which can impart more than just specific named places.

"My work, I hope, will bring you to 'see,' to feel the intensity of environment and to witness, to the reverberations of the experience of 'place' as found in these paintings," she said.

Johnson has exhibited work in the DeVos Gallery in Marquette, the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan as well as other national and international venues.

She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome and the Anderson Center in Minnesota.

Stacey Kukkonen can be reached at skukkonen@mininggazette.com.

 
 

 

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