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October 24, 2016

Gale Johansen: 2017 Artist of the Year

Samuel's Emergence Signals the End of a Filling Meal, Gale Johansen

Schack Art Center has selected Snohomish artist, Gale Johansen as the 2017 Artist of the Year.

In 1992, the Schack Art Center (known previously as the Arts Council of Snohomish County) began the tradition of honoring a local artist as the Artist of the Year. The award is a celebration of excellence that introduces the community to important artists, raises awareness of achievement in the visual arts, and applauds artists whose passion and creativity drive them to move, entertain, teach and inspire.

As Artist of the Year, Johansen will be featured in a solo exhibit at the Schack in August 2017. On being selected for the award Johansen shared, "It is a great honor to follow in the footsteps of so many accomplished local artists and friends.  I am thrilled to be recognized by the Schack and promise a fun and exciting show."

Johansen's quirky sense of humor and off-center view of the world is evident in her art. The bright colors, whimsical figures, and wildly intricate patterns and textures she incorporates tell a unique story and offer the viewer a fresh perspective.

There is a message to be gleaned from each of her pieces - at times the title gives it away, and other times the viewer must interpret the action for themselves. Every inch of her work is fully thought out to convey the message and comes directly from the heart.

A Seattle native, Johansen has a degree from the Burnley School of Professional Art (known today as the Art Institute of Seattle) and later received a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Washington. In addition to the Schack Art Center, she has exhibited in many venues throughout the Northwest including Bellevue Art Museum, Lynnwood Arts Commission Gallery, Solovei Gallery, Lowell Art Works, Red Door Gallery, and Revolution Gallery.

There is Consternation All Around With Schuster at the Wheel, Gale Johansen

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