JOYCE JOHNSON, BIO/STATEMENT
From my earliest memory, I have enjoyed creating things. I was very fortunate
when attending grade school to have a traveling art teacher. Each week when she
visited, there would be a new project. We learned something about all the various
disciplines. I would then take what had been taught, expand and change it, and
make it my own.
Junior High opened up a whole new world for me. I was able to take an art class
every day. Entering high school, I was now an "art major." I was thrilled. Drawing,
painting, sculpturing, carving and creating jewelry were all open to me. I took
advantage of every one!
Upon entering college, I could take two or three art classes every day. I was
in heaven. At that time, my goal was to become an art teacher to pass on my love
of art to children.
However, that was not to be. I feel in love, married and moved to Illinois. After
a year in the Midwest, we returned to California and I returned to classes while
raising a family. I completed my B.A., but with three children in tow, I became
a stay-at-home-mom but still creating projects. I also enrolled in additional
art classes just for the enjoyment.
1980 the local Parks & Rec offered a stained-glass class and the rest is history.
I had found my niche.
In 1981 I displayed some of my work at a local holidays arts and crafts show.
I was thrilled that people would actually spend their hard-earned money to buy
something I had created, and especially because it brought a smile to their faces.
To this day, that has been my goal. For the past 38 years, I have shown my pieces
in countless shops, been in hundreds of shows and build numerous windows.
I am grateful to have been accepted into the mountain arts gallery - my "forever
home." I love the interaction between my fellow Gallery mates and the customers.
I hope to spend many more years displaying and selling my whimsical pieces of
glass work in the Gallery!