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Wilson Art Gallery at Le Moyne College Hosts Exhibit by Area Artist

<p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … An exhibit of the work of Melissa Johnson will be on display in the Wilson Art Gallery of the Noreen Reale Falcone Library at Le Moyne College. The exhibit, titled “New Paintings: Spaces Between,” opens on Tuesday, March 25, and will run through Saturday, April 12, and can be seen during regular library hours (Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to midnight; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.).<br /> <br /> Le Moyne College will host an opening reception on Friday, March 28, from 4 – 6:30 p.m. in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.<br /> <br /> Johnson describes her work as follows:<br /> <br /> “My paintings are about a particular day, color or feeling. They are narrative, even if that narrative is ambiguous. My rounded forms are characters and I make a space for those characters. I see a relationship between the stacked forms, as they press and crowd each other or when forms come very close to touching, but not quite, making the viewer more aware of the space in between. In other paintings I want a sense of sparseness with few forms and it becomes more about the space around those forms. I often want two seeming opposites in the same painting. The common threads connecting my paintings are layered color and the relationship, both formal and metaphorical, of the forms in the space.” <br /> <br /> Melissa Johnson lives and paints in Manlius, New York. She has shown across Central New York including at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, String Room Gallery, and Grove Gallery; in Chicago at Gallery 2, Gallery X, LG Gallery, Gallery 400 and the Beverly Art Center; and in Columbus, Ohio, at Mahan Gallery. She received a Vermont Studio Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in 2005. She teaches art at Le Moyne College, Syracuse University, Cazenovia College and SUNY Oswego.</p>
posted on: 3/5/2008