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'Methow Meadows' selected for Art at the Barn poster


Methow Meadows

In a competition among members of Arlington Arts Council, Vicki Johnson's "Methow Meadow" was selected to be featured on the poster for the 10th annual Art at the Barn in Oso show that is set for June 29 and 30 this summer.

Johnson first became involved with AAC for the community fish art project, when she still lived in Mill Creek.

"We were preparing to move to Arlington and I was impressed by that community art project," Johnson said.

Upon moving to Arlington in 2011, Johnson joined the council and is now a member of its board of directors.

"I like the AAC because of its community service," she said.

Johnson volunteered to teach a class on face painting this spring, to train young artists for the Youth Engaged in Art plaza full of activities at the Arlington Street Fair in July.

Johnson was raised in the Bay Area of California and began drawing and painting by age 3. Encouraged by her parents and teachers, she explored the arts as a youth and graduated in 1974 from California State University at Chico with a degree in fine arts.

In 1972, she traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, to teach English. She explored the island and its ancient arts, often painting at an ancient temple, or sketching the crowded city streets. At Taipei University she was awarded a degree for her work, both in Western style and Chinese painting.

In the fall of 1974, she moved to Singapore for a year where she earned a fine arts degree from the Nanyang University of Fine Arts. She also studied the art of Chinese brush painting and participated in several art shows and painting competitions. She also sold commissioned pieces.

The following years included postings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Guangzhou, China, a place so rich in culture and inspiration that Johnson produced some of her finest work there.

In 1987, she had the opportunity to spend two years in Paris, France, where she wandered streets and locations that have inspired some of the world's finest artists.

She painted primarily in watercolor and oils, and won second place in the Fine Art Exposition at the Hotel Talleyrand.

In 1989, Vicki settled in Washington state and continues to create art at her new home north of Arlington.

Besides fine art, her productions have included murals, illustrations for fiction and textbooks, calendars, greeting cards, custom ceramic tiles, and a prize-winning fish for Arlington.

"My current passion is pastels, because of their light and color translucencies," Johnson said. "I hope that people who see my work will sense the emotive qualities in my pastel landscapes and enjoy viewing them as much as I did creating them."

She is especially inspired by the landscape around her husband's family's cabin in eastern Washington.

Along with the AAC, Johnson is also a member of the Stanwood Camano Art Guild, where she shows her work at A Guilded Gallery in downtown Stanwood.


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