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Artist to debut at Autumn Reception

Gerry Lawrence

Mechele Johnson has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but using color came late in life. In 1972, she used oil colors for the first time, but due to allergies had to give them up.

Through urging from her daughter, she took a watercolor class and it was love from her first painting.

Her initiation into watercolor was in 1990. Since then she has studied under Cathy Quiel, Linda Gunn, Roland Hass and James Soares and has taken workshops and two Caribbean artist cruises.

She has, since then, won several awards. In 1993 she took second place in “beginners” classification in Las Alamitos, Calif. The following year she earned an honorable mention in the “advanced” classification.

Upon moving to Gardnerville in December 1994, she has joined Carson Valley Art Association and Nevada Artists Association. She took “best of show” in the next two years in the Flower Power shows at the King Street Gallery in Carson City. This year she earned an honorable mention in the “members only” show and was featured artist at the King Street Gallery in February. Her work is in private collections in Virginia, California and Nevada.

The East Fork artists welcome this new member to their gallery in the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

The public will meet Johnson at the East Fork Gallery’s annual Autumn Reception on Sept. 21 from noon to 5 p.m. at the gallery. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.