Friday, July 22, 2011

Claire Johnson / Studio Sale

Leaving Bozeman, 2009 by Claire Johnson

Save the date because one of Seattle's finest is having a studio sale next Sunday, July 31st. Artist Claire Johnson will be selling some of her "tree drawings, tree portraits, road trip paintings, watercolors and figurative work."

I think I first fell in love with Claire's work when I saw her Leaving Bozeman show, composed of intimate paintings of snapshots taken on a road trip. The images felt tender and full of longing.

Leschi, 2010 by Claire Johnson

A lot of Claire's work triggers a touch of sadness for me; aerial photos with tiny roads, desolate highways, and empty streets. By excluding people, she leaves a lot of room for the viewer to add their own meaning. From an early age, I was shuttled between Bozeman and Spokane and began to associate travel with loss. (Hopefully, you were a more adventurous kid and enjoyed plane rides.)

Mountain Road, 2008 by Claire Johnson

Anyway, Claire's afternoon studio sale will be a fun time because Claire's such a great person. Stop by for chai tea, meet her cool cats, and pick up some awesome new art.
Claire Johnson's Big Fat Studio Sale!
Sunday, July 31 · 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Artspace Hiawatha Lofts
843 Hiawatha Pl. S, Apt 210
More details here.

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