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Guest artist holds pop-up exhibit, reception at PJC Tuesday, April 5

Guest artist Katie Johnson will hold a one-day pop-up exhibit and reception at Paris Junior College on Tuesday, April 5. Johnson will speak during a reception in the Foyer Gallery between 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event.

Johnson is a mixed media artist and interior designer who lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

“When the world shut down site visits and client meetings turned into Zoom calls,” Johnson said, “home stylings were on hold and I needed a new creative outlet. I found that reworking a piece until it achieves balance is both meditative and fulfilling.”

Her mission is to share the good news of the gospel through art. She found that creating art was a saving grace during the shut-down.

“I use repurposed materials not only to reduce waste but also to reflect how as believers we are reborn into a new creature,” Johnson said. “The process of pushing through the intimidation of a blank canvas is cathartic in so many ways. I do it for the process and the message it shares.”

For more information, email PJC Art Instructor Lena Spencer at lspencer@parisjc.edu. The Foyer Gallery is in the Art Building at PJC, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris. To access the building, turn off of Collegiate Street on the east side of campus, near the Paris Trail crossing.

Photo: Guest artist Katie Johnson; “Given” from the one-day art show.