Thursday, April 1, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Emily Johansen at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield

Here and There, an exhibit of watercolor paintings of rural Vermont and coastal Maine by Emily Johansen, will be on exhibit at the Blinking Light Gallery, 16 Main Street in Plainfield, Vermont from April 1 - May 2, 2010.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 17 from 4-6 PM. Gallery hours are Thursday 2-6 PM and Friday-Sunday, 10 AM - 6 PM.

After many years of living elsewhere , Emily Johansen chose to live in the beautiful state of Vermont. It is here, and at her summer cottage on the coast of Maine, that she finds her inspiration. The colors, forms and textures of these two places form the backbone of her paintings and instill each one with a profound sense of place. Emily has grouped the paintings on exhibit here into two categories; Here (around Marshfield, Vermont) and There (Brooksville, Maine). The work depicts familiar and intimate views from home and is a celebration of her life in Vermont, her yearly experience on the Maine coast, and her deep appreciation of New England's gift of seasonal change.

Emily Johansen moved to Vermont and began painting in watercolor in 2001, starting with classes at Studio Place Arts in Barre, Vermont. For nine years Emily has continued to attend classes, residencies and workshops in Vermont, Maine, and in Italy.

The Blinking Light Gallery, located in the Historic Village of Plainfield, is the retail outlet for the Central Vermont Artists Marketing Cooperative. The goal of this arts organization, which was founded in 1999, is to promote and sustain the creative work of regional artists through a cooperatively-run, community-centered organization.