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Colleen Johns: A Visual Journey (Oil Paintings and Graphite Drawings)

May 1, 2023 - June 25, 2023, Central Library

 Colleen Johns - Exhibit photo

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is pleased to present the artwork of Colleen Johns. According to the artist, her paintings are “a personal visual journey, a history of her relationship with the world around her, transcribed not with pen, but with brush.” Colleen invites you to come with her—to travel the turn of a leaf, the rough edge of a wooden plank, or the deep spiral of a beautiful rose. Her drawings and paintings are based on contemporary classical training, preferring to use oil on paper for its’ portability or using oil primed linen canvas. She paints only from life, finding the challenge of working that way intimate and rewarding. This personal, direct experience allows Colleen to enjoy the process, not merely the product. In her work, she uses the exacting principals of the science of light upon form, an insight the great masters for the Renaissance discovered, which has left us with tremendous tools to merge science and emotion.

Artwork copyright ©Colleen Johns
All Rights Reserved


  • Tim Musso (Woodprints): June 26 - August 18
  • Jane Shehane (Watercolors): August 21 - October 13
  • Sherry Marger (Acrylic Landscapes): October 16 - December 8

To have artwork considered for an exhibition at the Central Library, download and fill out the Application for Consideration Art

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