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Forgotten Alabama 

If you haven't joined Glenn Wills Facebook group Forgotten Alabama, you are missing a treat. People are constantly adding photographs for forgotten and abandoned houses, churches, cars, equipment, schools, and all types of other locations throughout the state of Alabama. These posts are not only beautiful but educational as well. I never knew about the mining town of Run Rock, AL until today. The picture of the old mining town commissary brought lots of responses about the history of the location and how it got its name.  

When the Johnson Center is cleared to be open to the public again, we hope you will come by to see Glenn's photographs in person. Until then, enjoy your virtual tour on the Johnson Center Facebook page.

Stay safe and be well!  Brenda  

Mary Ann Casey 

In our upper level galleries, you'll find an exhibit of large paintings, mostly abstracts, by artist Mary Ann Casey. Here is her artist statement:

"In the pursuit of understanding, pure expression is born. Mary Ann’s images are infused with love, encouragement, and understanding; instilling hope, the shoring up of hearts. Each one a petition for forgiveness, the realization of peace and connection. She paints beyond singularity to a place of belonging. Her work reflects collective heritage and seeks to foster understanding and a sense of collective humanity across cultures. Mary Ann’s work moves the participant beyond a surface level to one that provokes healing and inspires self-reflection."

You may find Mary Ann's work on her website https://www.maryanncaseyart.com/ or follow her on Instagram @maryanncasey_art

 

Last Call 

The current exhibitions by Winfred Hawkins and Leanna Lesley will only be up for viewing through THIS SATURDAY, February 22! You do NOT want to miss out on seeing the unique talents these two artists have to show. 

Galentine's at the Gallery 

Ladies, drop in for a moment and join us the day before Valentine's Day for a Galentine's event in the main gallery! There will be champagne punch and chocolates, a photobooth to take some cute pictures, and you can enter to win a luncheon for you and three of your girlfriends one day at the Johnson Center!

February 13 from 2:30-5PM

Art and the Heart 

Are you spending your Valentine's Day in Troy? Bring your sweetheart to visit your local arts center on Friday, February 14 before taking them out to a romantic dinner in town! Stroll around the art museum together, and you may just fall in love with the artwork and each other. We're conveniently located right off the square, so there are plenty of beautiful spots in and around the Johnson Center to take some cute photographs, too.

Arty Party 

The perfect place to have your own

Arty Party is at Art by the Tracks with

Day Barnes! It is by far the most fun

way to celebrate a birthday. 

Needlepoint Faces 

Artist Leanna Leithauser Lesley, whose show "Shaken by the Roots" is featured in our lower galleries, is a fiber artist driven by the power of jazz music. She has been doing needlepoint from a very young age. Each piece of art that she does is based on a different image, so the buyer will always know they have an original. A lot of Leanna's inspiration comes from old jazz album art, and you can almost feel the music in the portraits.

Find her on Facebook at Leanna Leithauser Lesley and Instagram @needlepointfaces

Visit her website https://www.needlepointfaces.com/

JaKub Goes to an Art Show 

Check this out! Artist Winfred Hawkins, whose show "Reality is Not Real" is currently on display in the upper level galleries, also has a YouTube channel! His latest video features a tour of his exhibit here at the Johnson Center.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZLcUPd20HU&fbclid=IwAR3BrpJZWSl6lLhhIqv9kHwd3UIBjqsX05CsMot7IqOxkJ7QuRaUj2msJ_8

https://winfredhawkins1.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR1QpeqKpWCULkJttYCiIV8C5dzco7DIyKgiQvsnwhpAWQjKM1KbdIy6Lrc

Find him on Facebook @33Akachi or on Instagram @winfredhawkins

You're Invited 

You are invited to join us for a reception honoring artists Winfred Hawkins and Leanna Lesley here at the Johnson Center for the Arts on Thursday, January 16 from 6 to 8 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Grab a friend and pop in to hear from these two talented artists! Keep an eye out for future artist receptions - there will be one for almost every exhibit!