The Art League of Fort Myers is located at 1451 Monroe Street, in the downtown Fort Myers River District. On January 4, the Art League is presenting New Beginnings, a judged show featuring two-dimensional works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, collage, original prints (etchings, lithographs and wood block), fiber art and photography produced by members in good standing of the Art League of Fort Myers.
The show will be judged by Alliance for the Arts Exhibitions Coordinator Krista Johnson, who will be awarding cash prizes of $100 for first, $40 for second and $20 for third, as well as merit and honorable mention ribbons. In addition, the winning entry goes to the Winners’ Circle unless it is a photograph.
Krista characterizes her style as primitive. Regardless of rubric, her paintings are spirited expressions that capture the color, abundance and mystery of the world she loves. Whether it is people, birds, reptiles or vegetation, her canvases are covered with subjects pressing and pushing up against each other.
Birds are a particular passion. Johnson has lived with two and has rescued several, which she took to CROW on Sanibel. To Krista, birds are metaphors for friendship, family love and the idea of the perfect pair.
“I have arrived at a style which is intrinsically mine,” Krista remarks. “When I am moved by something extraordinary I have seen in nature, I try to convey those feelings onto the canvas. My hope is that it translates to the viewer.”
Johnson’s duties as Exhibitions Coordinator at the Alliance not only heavily involve her in selecting, curating and hanging the exhibits that come to the main, members and Foulds Theater galleries, but in the Alliance’s Art in Flight program, which recently brought Louise Nevelson’s Dawn’s Forest to the Southwest Florida International Airport. Krista has also co-taught a children’s art program at the Alliance for the Arts for the past 12 years and opened her in-home studio this past May to people participating in the Alliance’s inaugural Artists’ Studio Tour.
Johnson’s work has been exhibited regionally, and she first tried her hand at painting after apprenticing for her artist husband, Leo. “Sometime after I started to help him I just wanted to get my hands on paint,” Krista recalls. “I can’t imagine not having art in my life: talking about painting, looking at an art book, and loading heavy boxes of paint and canvas! And the visual! I would really miss the visual part in thinking about being creative and the creative process itself.”
The Art League of Fort Myers is located at 1451 Monroe Street. For more information, please call 239-275-3970 or visit www.artleagueoffortmyers.org.