BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk May 5: “The Big Fish”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “The Big Fish
Paintings by Neil Johannsen
First Friday Art Walk: May 5 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues throughout May at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery May 5 for an artist reception and a fanciful evening of art, food, and friends. When Neil Johannsen began to translate the novel The Big Fish into colorful, whimsical pieces of art, he realized that the story is about the journey of life – one that could have been borrowed from the epic poem The Odyssey, or maybe from James Joyce’s Ulysses. Challenging himself to interpret the story’s tall tales into painted pictures of the truth, Johannsen relied on the larger-than-life lessons of fish (and fishing): “Just how big WAS that fish?” “How does an artist out-fox a fish with paint and brushes?” “How can a painter stretch the truth on canvas?” In the end, Johannsen discovered that all an artist need do is seek meaning in the natural beauty around us to translate the treasure of life on this wonderful blue planet.

Johannsen paints nature for the joy of painting and also to connect with the viewer – to communicate something universal about the natural world upon which we all depend. Raised on a working ranch in Northern California, he holds three degrees in the natural sciences, is a retired director of Alaska State Parks, is a former chief of operations for California State Parks, and has been a serious student of art his entire life. Johannsen’s art is in more than fifty private and public collections around the world, including in the National Steinbeck Center in California, and at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work may be viewed online at www.neiljohannsenart.com. Half of all profits from sales will be donated to Bainbridge Performing Arts.

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free, and information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

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