Landscape artist to display work at abbey

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SAINT MEINRAD – Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library Gallery will host an exhibit of landscape paintings in oil and mixed-media prints by Philadelphia artist Clay Johnson. The exhibit will be on display from Saturday to March 28.

Johnson paints on site, beginning his work with careful observation of his surroundings. He explains, “I look until I see something that moves me and then I construct a painting around that experience.”

Free play of the imagination is his aim, rather than objective reporting. Color and light are central.

After earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from Northern Illinois University in 1975, Johnson moved east to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Settling in the Manayunk area of Philadelphia, he continues to paint and is most known for his large paintings of Valley Forge and the Schuylkill River.

His work is found in many public and private collections, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield, AIG Insurance Co. and Provident National Bank buildings.

For library hours, call (812) 357-6401 or (800) 987-7311, or visit the Archabbey Library’s Web site, www.saintmeinrad.edu/library/hours.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Those wishing to view the exhibit may want to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time.