Sunday, February 25, 2018

Exhibition at the Phippen Museum

"Autumns' Turn" by Michael Chesley Johnson
24x36 Oil
On Loan from Goldenstein Gallery

I'm proud to announce that two of my large paintings will be on exhibit at the Phippen Museum in
Prescott, Arizona, starting March 3, 2018.  The exhibit, "Cool, Cool Water," will display landscape paintings that feature water in the Southwest, and will run until July 22nd.

Water is, of course, essential for life.  In the desert, where there is so little of it, it is highly sought for -- and also highly fought over.  I've been blessed to have lived in places that, for now, have plenty of water.  There's always some creek or lake nearby, and the wells don't seem to run dry.  I hope these places stay that way, but unfortunately, the odds are against it.

"Slide Rock Fault" by Michael Chesley Johnson
16x20 Oil
On Loan from Goldenstein Gallery

"Autumn's Turn" (24x36 oil) shows Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing.  The creek is full in the autumn after the thirst-quenching summer rains.  The cottonwoods and willows, now turning yellow and orange, have enjoyed a good summer.

"Slide Rock Fault" (16x20 oil) shows Oak Creek at Slide Rock State Park, in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Sedona.  Here, much less water is flowing, but you can tell from the bare slick rock that awesome floods course through here regularly.  The Canyon occupies a geological fault that allows the creek to run from Flagstaff down to Sedona and finally to the Verde River in Cottonwood.

I love painting water, and I am honored to have been asked to send these paintings to the Phippen Museum.

Phippen Museum
4701 Highway 89 North (online map)
Prescott, Arizona 86301 | (928) 778-1385 |

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