Meet the Artists of REIMAGINED LANDSCAPES

On Friday, August 4th from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of REIMAGINED LANDSCAPES, an exhibit of paintings by Gallery veteran Michele Johnson and newcomer to the scene, Terry Ekasala. The exhibit is sponsored by Union Bank, and highlights the talents of two North Country painters who share a love of color, texture, mark-making and the natural world.

The opening reception is part of Bethlehem’s First Friday celebration of art, which includes exhibits at Maia Papaya, and 42 Maple. This exhibit runs through August and is free and open to the public. The Gallery at WREN is open daily from 10am-5pm.

DSC04900Michele Johnsen has spent a life time as an artist and maker. She has owned and operated The Studio since 1996 where she did commercial work along with framing and sign painting. In 2001 she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Granite State College in Art Education, and has spent the past 11 years teaching art in the Colebrook School System. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from NH Institute of Art in Manchester this past January, and has been incremental in establishing several art associations in the Colebrook area, including Lovering Mountain Arts, Colebrook Arts and the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts. She has shown her work at The NH Institute of Art Biennial, Climate Gallery in Long Island City, The Shaw Gallery in Keene, Soo Rye Gallery in Rye, Exeter Fine Crafts in Exeter, and several times at The Gallery at WREN.

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Terry Ekasala graduated from the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 1983 she set up her first studio at the Clay Hotel and Youth Hostel on Espanola Way in Miami Beach, a broken down palace of art deco dreams. Ekasala became a member of the Artifacts Art Group, which staged weekly events at Miami’s Fire and Ice nightclub. In 1987 Ekasala moved to Paris and eventually set up a studio in Belleville, twhere she was part a diverse artistic community that organized the first artist squat or reclaimed studio space to become legal in Paris. She exhibited widely in Paris, Berlin and New York before moving to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in 2001. Her work has been shown at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, the Burlington Center for the Arts (BAC), and with Metalstone Gallery in New York City., and is in numerous private collections. She resides with her family in East Burke, Vermont.