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Two Month Exhibit Featuring the Works of Chesapeake Resident, Wayne Johnson Opens to the Public on Sunday, April 7th

Parsons-Bruce Art Association is pleased to present a two-month art exhibit featuring the works of Chesapeake resident, Wayne Johnson.   The exhibit opens to the public Sunday, April 7 in the Robert F. Cage Gallery at the Prizery in downtown South Boston.

Johnson obtained a BFA degree from Old Dominion University and an MFA from East Carolina University.  He taught art history, drawing, painting and photography at Tidewater Community College and at the University of Maine at Presque Isle before retiring in 2017.

Since retirement, Johnson has devoted his time to painting, drawing and photography while dividing his time between his home in Chesapeake, Virginia and his second home near Wilmington, NC.  His current paintings are subject-based abstractions with an emphasis on three themes:  portraits, the female figure and still life paintings that include images of vintage North Carolina Pottery.           Johnson says his recent photography work is also abstract and creative, “I photograph designs I find that interest me then in Photoshop I duplicate the photograph, flip the duplicate on its horizontal axis and merge the duplicate with the original creating interesting visual abstractions that often appear as strange faces.”




Wayne Johnson’s creative and interesting art exhibit will be on display for viewing and purchasing through mid-May and is sure to arouse the interest of casual art observers as well as more serious art critics.  “My goal is to create colorful well-crafted investment grade art with a strong design element and structure that is pleasing to the eye of the casual observer and expresses sophistication and value appreciated by the more learned viewer,” he said.

Parsons-Bruce Art Association invites the public to the opening reception Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 pm in the Robert F. Cage Gallery at the Prizery in downtown South Boston.


Month-Long Exhibit Featuring Halifax County Public Schools Students to begin March 3rd for Youth Art Month 

Parsons-Bruce Art Association is pleased to present a special month-long art exhibit featuring delightful artwork created by Halifax County Public Schools art students in recognition of Youth Art Month.  The public is invited to an opening reception Sunday, March 3 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm in the Robert Cage Gallery at the Prizery in Downtown South Boston.


                                                         Landon Hite (6th grade) - Apple                                    Brooke Mosher (7th grade) - Still Life

Youth Art Month coordinator, Barbara Cole, art teacher at Halifax County Middle School, states that art education is an important part in the education and development of children.  “Art education is important in helping a child grow intellectually as art integrates information and skills covered in core classes and aids in building problem solving skills as well as critical thinking.   It also allows for the development of motor skills, inventiveness and gives a student an avenue to express oneself.”


                  Camdyn Chapell (3rd grade Scottsburg)         Kassidy Reid (kindergarten Scottsburg)               Nathan Snow (4th grade Scottsburg)
                                   Wooly Mammoth                                          Fancy Polar Bear                                           Stained Glass Window

Art students from across Halifax County will be featured in the exhibit of as many as 60 pieces.  The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of March and will be available for viewing during the opening reception Sunday, March 3,  as well as during the Prizery’s normal operating hours and during Prizery performances scheduled in March.


                                     Taylor Lewis (6th grade) - Leaf Watercolor                               Dakevia Hutcherson (8th grade) - Op Art

All Halifax County Public School students attending the opening reception Sunday, March 3 will receive a special card that is redeemable for prizes or extra credit as determined by their art teachers.

Madelyn Young, Amelia Gunnells, Farrah Frazier - 2nd Grade Scottsburg


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