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Reception Officially Opens Engaging, Evocative Gallery Exhibit


Entering “The Spaces Between”
Entering “The Spaces Between”
“Rabbit Dreams” explores a tale of Johnson’s son and a bunny.
“Rabbit Dreams” explores a tale of Johnson’s son and a bunny.
A large crowd listens intently as the artist speaks.
A large crowd listens intently as the artist speaks.
Johnson discusses artistic endeavors, including manipulating light.
Johnson discusses artistic endeavors, including manipulating light.
A student, attending the event for a class, leans into contemplation and note taking.
A student, attending the event for a class, leans into contemplation and note taking.

The Gallery at Penn College filled with about 100 eager art enthusiasts Thursday night for the Meet the Artist Reception for “The Spaces Between.” Artist Melanie Johnson traveled from the Kansas City, Missouri, area to discuss her creative process and offer insights into the psychological narratives and personal iconography she explores in her work. Johnson’s large-scale figurative drawings and paintings – created not in a studio, but outdoors – attempt to engage viewers in “unflinchingly candid” representations of everyday moments, conversations and tales. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 7.  The Gallery at Penn College is open 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Saturdays and Mondays, and will be closed Nov. 22-26.

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