The McPherson Arts Alliance is featuring two area artists in the VAAM Gallery and Heritage Gallery through April.

Sally Johnson

Sally Johnson of Lindsborg, will be the featured artist at the VAAM Gallery, McPherson for the months of March and April. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 26.

The McPherson Arts Alliance VAAM Gallery is located at 223 S. Main St. in the McPherson Opera House, McPherson.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Since receiving her BFA from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Johnson has been painting and showing professionally for over 45 years principally in Kansas with working sojourns and exhibitions in England. She lives and maintains a studio in Lindsborg.

Her media is now acrylic on canvas and board. Subject matter varies from realistic to magical realism, utilizing the function of memory, imagination and intuition. The basic traits of symbols and mystery are often incorporated into the paintings.

Johnson has exhibited in numerous Kansas and national shows as well as Westminster Galleries and Blackheath Gallery in London. Juried shows have included The Kansas One Exhibit, Kansas Traveling Landscape exhibit, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia exhibit, and the Kansas Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition. She has won many awards, including first place at the 25th Chautauqua National Exhibition, Chautauqua, New York.

Johnson is basically a colorist. Reality often inspires her work, which is carefully composed, placing her work in the field of magical realism. Each painting involves the stillness of isolated moments that take place in the mind. Some pieces are based on actual locations, some are composites of different places, while others are completely imaginary. Her work involves the function of memory, imagination and intuition.

Steve Read

Paintings by McPherson artist Steve Read will be featured in March and April at the Heritage Gallery, located at the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main St., McPherson.

“Peinturettes” highlights Read’s small paintings, most of which are typically around one foot square. All are done in acrylic paint and represent a variety of styles and themes.

“Like the difference between a pocket watch and Big Ben, small paintings can be very precise in the message they convey, whether it is serious or whimsical,” Read said. “They have an inherent intricacy which shines through.”

A relative newcomer to the art world, Read has been painting for about seven years. The show may be viewed through April 29. Heritage Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For more information call 620-241-5774.