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"Works on Paper" by Robert Johnson to debut at the Nature Art Gallery on Friday, November 1

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New solo show by North Carolina artist Robert Johnson to open at Nature Art Gallery on Friday, November 1

Old Growth and Clear Cut by Robert JohnsonRALEIGH — The Nature Art Gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is pleased to welcome back North Carolina artist Robert Johnson for his second solo show, Works on Paper, opening Friday, November 1 with a reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The exhibit and sale of Johnson's most recent work will continue through Sunday, December 1.

In 2009, Johnson exhibited his well known and beloved North Carolina nature journal pages and earned quite a following with that series of works. The Gallery has continued to offer those for sale and they have been extremely popular. In this exhibit, he will be showing a different body of work — small format paintings in acrylic, watercolor and gouache on paper — that will be stylistically similar to his large format paintings. The Museum commissioned one of his paintings in 2009, which is currently displayed on the second floor of the main building.

Johnson, who lives in Celo and Asheville, North Carolina has been painting, drawing, exhibiting and selling his work for nearly 40 years. He has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and commissions and exhibits continuously. He teaches workshops regularly at Penland School of Crafts, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, Arrowmont Craft School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Haystack Craft School in Deer Isle, Maine. He has completed several murals in our state in Blowing Rock, West Jefferson and Burnsville.  His commissions include RDU Airport, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina State Bar Association. 

Since his show in the Nature Art Gallery in 2009, he has completed a series of paintings about Alaska, Peru, Cuba, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and the Appalachian Trail. In addition to the Nature Art Gallery, he is also represented by Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville. 

The Nature Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum Store, Main building. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale.  For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.707.9854.

First Friday is a free, family-friendly, social event held the first Friday of each month at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  Visitors can enjoy exhibits, shopping, food and spirits until 9pm. The Natural Horror Picture Show (a vintage, sci-fi flick of 'B' movie caliber) begins at 7 p.m. Arrive early for live music and a film short from the A/V Geek archives.  For information, call 919.707.9800.

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013