Artist in Residence!
Metro Wines is delighted to announce that, as of December, Sandee Johnson will be our resident artist
Sandee will begin in August with pieces from her series,"Lost at Sea," changing the exhibition in Septmeber and October.
We will continue to show and offer pieces from "Portals" by Alice Donor and Jason Rafferty will show his "French Landscapes" in November.
Returning in December, Sandee Johnson will present her vast and varied collection of work @MetroWines.
Her amazing accomplishments are presented below together with an interview with Dennis Ray introducing her philosophy, her work, and herself.
Sandee Johnson Art Opening@MetroWines
Internationally recognized, award winning artist Sandee Johnson, opens "Lost at Sea" @MetroWines on Friday, August 8 from 6 to 9pm. Sandee Johnson will offer a new exhibition in September and October. MetroWines will continue to showcase the pieces from the Alice Donor collection "Portals" and looks forward to the exhibition, "French Landscapes" by Jason Rafferty in November. Beginning in December, Sandee Johnson will become the Artist in Residence @MetroWines.
After 35 years of living on four continents, Sandee Shaffer Johnson has chosen Asheville as home. This widely exhibited artist is somewhat of a gypsy, having traveled or worked in over 85 countries, exhibiting in over two hundred group, corporate or solo exhibitions. Locations include Paris, Moscow, Rome, Berlin, Geneva, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, NYC, Washington DC, Amsterdam, Beirut, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Luxembourg, Budapest, Sofia, London, Stockholm and Lisbon.
Techniques include acrylics, collage, papermaking, encaustic, watercolor, oil & cold wax , printmaking, assemblages, pen & ink and photography. www.sandee-art.eu.
Contact: Gina Trippi 575-9525
Welcome Sandee Johnson !
First Exhibition: LOST at SEA
Opening Reception with Artist
on Friday, August 8th from 6 to 9pm
Visit Sandee here!
Sandee Shaffer Johnson
1997-1999 Art Studies, BKO Kunst School, Brussels (Overijse), Belgium
1973 BA, Randolph Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA
1975 MS, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FLA
1976 Art graduate studies, Universidad de las Americas, Cholulu, Mexico
Additional Arts Education
Independent Study, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Residency program, Balatonfured, Hungary (HMC); 2 separate residences, Gallery 24, Berlin, Germany;one year sabbatical painting all over Europe; employed as an art teacher in Bucaramanga, Colombia; art workshops in San Sano, Italy; Bonn, Germany; gave workshop in Giverny, France; Have taken workshops in Goldegg, Austria; Castillo San Rafael, Spain; Coupeville Art Center, WA.; Arrowmont School of Art, TN.; Bellevue College Art Dept., Bellevue, WA.; Arts Workshop Series, Menucha, OR.; Kanuga Watermedia; Wildacres, Ringling School of Art; Springmaid Myrtle Beach; Cullahwhee Mountain Arts Workshops
2014 Proliferation: The Art of Sandee Johnson, Andrew Charles Gallery, Asheville, NC
2013 Masks, Africa House, Lynchburg, VA.
2010 Four Facets, Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA
2010 Inspired by Africa, Africa House, Lynchburg, VA
2007 Day Bright, Gallery 24, New York, NY
2004/5 Musique, Passage du Nord, Brussels, Belgium
2004 Politicide, Salon Berlin, Artline Berlin, Germany
2004/5 Retrospective, Gallery 24, Berlin, Germany
2003/6 Château d'Argenteuil, Brussels, Belgium
2006 Le Souffle de L'Esprit, Salles Royales, Eglise de la Madeleine,
2006 A Study in Contrasts, Beeld en Kunst, Lovenjoel, Belgium
2004 Vessels, Gallery Charlotte Van Lorreinen, Brussels, Belgium
2003 Classical Renditions, Gallerie Kwart Cirkel, Brussels, Belgium
2003 Detail Abstrait, Gallerie de Madeleine, Brussels, Belgium
1998 Collage Rétrospective, Gallérie Trièdre, Ohain, Belgium
1998 Photo Journey, St. John’s International, Waterloo, Belgium
1997 Gallérie L N'est Pas C, Genval, Belgium
1995 Invitational One Woman Show, Lake Oswego, OR
1995 Retrospective, White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
1995 Works on Paper, Sidney Gallery, Port Orchard, WA
1995 A Retrospective, Photographic Image Gallery, Tacoma, WA
1994 State of the Arts Gallery, Tacoma, WA
1993 Past and Present, City Hall, Federal Way, WA
1992 Contrasts, Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA
2014 ISEA Juried Exhibition, NWS Gallery, San Pedro, CA
2014 Library Thoughts 4, Hegyvidek Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2014 Multiple Invitational themed shows, Andrew Charles Gallery, Asheville, NC
2014 Hot and Cold, juried, Gallery 310, Asheville, NC
2014 ISEA juried International Exchange, Big Arts Center, Sanibel Island, Florida
2014 ISEA juried International Exchange, NWS, San Pedro, CA
2014 ISEA juried International Exchange, Art Central, Barry, Wales
2014 River of Art 2, WIA, Gallery 310, Asheville, NC
2014-13 Invited Guest Artist, The Attic Gallery, Vicksburg, MISS
2014-04 Permanent Representation, Gallery Charlotte van Lorreinen, Brussels, Belgium
2013 NIJIIRO, invitational international exhibition, Castel dell’Ovo Gallery, Naples, Italy
2013 SDA exhibition, Gallery SaySi, San Antonio, Texas
2013 Transfiber and Paper, Juried, Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington, Ohio
2013 Desert in Bloom, International Paper Biennial, Juried, Beer-Shava Artists House, Beer-Sheva, Israel
2013 La Liberte est un collage, Centre Culturel Tcheque, Paris, France
2013 Home and Habitat, WIA, New York Public Library, Riverside, NYC
2013 ISEA/NWS Wales International Exhibit, juried, traveling show
2013 ISEA 22nd Annual International Art Exhibit, juried, Philips Gallery, Sanibel Island
2013 Invited artist, Gallery Asheville, Asheville, NC
2013 Blooming Desert, Ein Afeq, near Haifa, Israel
2013 Juried, National Collage Society Annual Exhibition
2012-11 Atelier Gallery, Asheville, NC
2011 Atelier Gallery, Charleston, SC
2011 Digital Unity, ANNEX:art, Berlin and Lubzow, Germany
2011 River of Art From NY to Asheville, 310 Gallery, Asheville, NC
2011 WIA exhibit, Callahan Gallery, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Juried, Library Thoughts, Raday Konyveshaz Gallery, Budapest
2011 One World, Traveling Exhibit, Manila Philippines and elsewhere
2011 Lab AD, BECA, award winner, New Studio AD, Albuquerque, NM
2011 Wild Ones and Wax, 310 Art Gallery, Asheville, NC
2010 Paperoad, IAPMA, Juried, Seoul, Korea
2010 Collage International, Juried, Loft Galerie, Paris, France
2010 Initiative de Peinture, Musée de Poste, Paris, France
2010 Cartasia Biennale d’Art, Lucca, Italy
2007-13 Amateras Juried Exhibition, Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2010 Juried IAPMA Exhibit, Art Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
2006-13 International Collage, Juried, Art Colle, Hauts de Belleville, Paris
2009 12 X 12 X 122, BECA Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2009 International Invitational Calligraphic Exhibit, Seoul, Korea
2009 Juried, High Fiber, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2009 Juried, Paper Art Exhibition, Amateras Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2009 Juried, Paper Global, Stadtmuseum, Deggendorf, Germany
2009 My Paper, My Land, Creative Paper Gallery, Burnie, Tasmania
2008 Art Collage, Invitational, Schaerbeek Hotel Communal, Brussels
2007 Juried, Psalms International, Beith Ariela Gallery, Bible Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
2006 International Dialogue of Calligraphers, Beijing, China
2006 Korean Hanji Festival, Jeon-Buk Ctr., Jeonju City, Korea
2006 HMC, EU Gallery, Central European Cultural Institute, Budapest
2006 Juried, International Salon, Galerie Gradska, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2006 Juried, Art International Shanghai. Shanghaimart, China
2006 International Collaboration, Galleri Nytorget, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 Keki Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2006 Juried, SupreMADIsm, National Ctr Contemporary Arts, Moscow
2005/6 API, Centre Culturel de Woluwe St. Pierre, Brussels, Belgium
2006/8 Mobil MADI Museum, Gyor Hungary and Bratislava, Slovakia
2005 East and West, Gallery Ginza, Himawari, Tokyo, Japan
2005 Movement MADI International, Galerie Orion, Paris, France
2005 Monarch Park and Gallery, Olympia, WA
2005 Selected artist, auction, Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2004-6 Selected artist, Galerie Themax, Geneva, Switzerland
2005-7 Juried, Embarquement pour la Paix, Jeruselum, Israel, Hôtel George V, Paris; Nice, Marseille, Aix-en Provence, Vézelay
2002-5 Misc. group shows, Salle Royale, l'église de la Madeleine, Paris
2005 International Assemblage Art Exhibition, Berlin, Germany
2004-6 Galerie Kwart Cirkel, Brussels, Belgium
2004-6 Juried shows, Pepperton Gallery, London, England
2004-8 Gallerie Varmes, Geneva, Switzerland
2004/3 Juried, Showcase winner, Manhattan Arts, New York, NY
2004-6 EUROP'ART, Expo Center, Geneva, Switzerland
2004 Juried photo show, Pen and Brush Inc., New York, NY
2004 IAPMA exhibition, Sori Arts Center, Korea
2004 Juried, The Erotic Nude, Greeley Square Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Residency exhibition, Red Room Gallery, Balatonfured, Hungary
2004 Juried exhibition, Centre Culturel Bellreguard, Gandia, Spain
2004 Juried, L'Orangerie du Château des Célestins, Marcoussis, France
2003 Featured artist, Gallerie GNG, Paris, France
2003/4 Juried, Galerie L'Amis des Lettres, Bordeaux, France
2003 API, Vertebra Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2003-1 State of the Arts Gallery, Olympia, WA
2001-5 White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, ORE
2001 Echoes from the Past, Tuggerangong Art Ctr. Canberra, Australia
2001-9 LVG-Rotating artwork in corporations in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, England, Holland
2001-5 Brussels Art Connection, Traveling Exhibit in Belgium
1998 Juried, Camera 98, Knokke-Duinbergen, Belgium
1997 Artistieke ontmoetingen met de Britse Gemeenschap, Brussels
1996 Invitational artist, Milner Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA
1996 Featured artist, White Dove Gallery, Tacoma, WA
1996 NLAPW Juried show, Charles Sumner Museum, Washington DC
1995/6 Juried, Washington Ctr for the Performing Arts, Olympia WA
1995/6 Featured artist, The Collection Gallery, Seattle, WA
1995-7 Featured artist, Aesthetics Gallery, Tacoma, WA
1995/6 Photographic Image Gallery, Portland, OR
1994/3 Juried shows, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1994 NLAPW Juried Show, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Ctr. New York, NY
2013 L’art du collage au cœur de la creation, Paris, France
2013 Dictionaire des collagistes contemporains
2012 La Liberte e’st un collage
2006-9 L'art du collage a l'aube du 21eme siècle, Books I and III
1995-2012 Multiple international and national exhibition catalogs
2005 Personal interview, Art Interview on Line Magazine, Edition 002, Berlin, Germany, international coverage
2003-12 Countless international press articles and features
2006-9 International Graphics Fine Art Collection
2005 Photographe, Baiser de Pierre Craintive, L'Harmattan, Paris
2002 Poetry of Color, solo photographer, gold prize-winning calendar, Progress Printing, US
2001 North American Indian Myth collection, solo artist, Brussels
1998 Camera 98, Solo selected photographer, Catalog, Knokke- Duinbergen. Belgium
1996 Cover and featured artist, Spring/Summer issue, "Visuel"
Mobil MADI Museum, Gyor/Budapest Hungary
Andreas Bocelli, Italy (internationally acclaimed singer)
Ambassador and Mrs. Martin Cheshes (American)
Ambassador and Mrs. Alex Brooking (Australian)
Ambassador Lars and Mrs. Widgemark (Swedish)
Mr. and Mrs. James Graff, Bureau Chief, Time Magazine, Paris, France
Winning Juried selection, Embarquement pour la Paix, Permanent collection, Film Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Galerie Kwart Cirkel, Brussels, Belgium
Musee Artcolle, Plemet, Bretagne, France
Collections of Mary Todd Beam and Gerald Brommer (prominent artists)
Exhibited in hundreds of public spaces and businesses on a rotating basis with LVG based in Brussels, Belgium. Work is still being displayed and for sale in Paris, France; Luxembourg; London, England; Amsterdam, Holland; Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium
Represented for reproduction of the series “Vessels” by Graphics International in Germany. Work is currently being produced for posters, on canvas and also for wallpaper through a Swedish firm in London.
* My artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Middle East but most records were lost in the final move from Europe to the United States in 2008.
ART INTERVIEW Dennis Ray
An American artist and photographer, Sandee Shaffer Johnson has traveled as a photographer/journalist in over 85 countries. Her styles and techniques are varied but include acrylics, collage, watercolor, printmaking, encaustic and pen & ink. She prefers mixed media work in both realistic/figurative pieces as well as abstract/loose forms. Sandee’s oversized workspace--The Bizarre Bazaar: TriArts Global Studio—is located upstairs in Space 320, Riverview Station North, 191 Lyman Street. Her website is: www.sandee-art.eu
You have shown your art all around the world and have been in over 200 group, corporate or solo exhibitions in 35 years. How have you managed to stay so prolific?
When I get excited about a series or idea I sometimes work 18 hours straight, fueled by adrenaline. Since I never had children there are few interruptions. Ideas flood me, regardless of circumstances, though I must admit that Asheville’s unexpected summer heat wave did encumber my creativity. I seldom sit still and do nothing; when I shattered an ankle last year and was transformed into a semi-invalid for three months, I actually managed to do 145 works on paper, ranging from imaginary botanical pen & inks to watercolors, mixed techniques and hand colored photos.
Even though I explore multiple series and diverse mediums I follow up on a single series until the pieces may number in the hundreds. I don’t just jump from one theme to the next but try to explore it thoroughly even as it evolves.
What brought you to Asheville?
It was a convoluted journey with multiple false turns. After living in eight countries on five continents I finally decided to retrace my Southern roots and “nest” while I was still physically able. My husband and I sadly left Europe for the final time—our home for twenty years--and returned to central Virginia to settle near family. The overall fit and adjustment was impossible. In the meantime we made multiple trips to Asheville before deciding to leave our “money-pit” house and move to a location where culture, scenery, the arts, environment and open minds prevailed. I also returned to our fisherman’s house on the Brittany coast of France and admitted that the only way we could afford to make that final move was to sell the vacation home there. It was gut-wrenching to pack up another studio after already shipping back artwork numbering in the thousands, furniture and flea market finds from Belgian, German and west coast residences. In the end we downsized to a condo in north Asheville but compensated by renting a sprawling studio space in the River Arts District.
What inspires you most?
That’s actually a problem since I can find subjects almost everywhere. In Europe, monochromatic pieces in whites, browns, grays and blacks with political or intellectual motifs were widely accepted and appreciated. American tastes, at least in the south, seem to gravitate towards colorful “happy” artwork that remains more decorative than thought-provoking. So in order to become more commercial to sell artwork here, I’m being channeled into a different direction. Nature, music, other artists, events, people, locations, history, performances, books…the inspiration list is infinite. I’ve also done commissions and works on spec that I wouldn’t ordinarily attempt. A German publishing firm requested humorous cat paintings to reproduce into posters. The publisher stated that they were “too American” but I’ve gotten such positive feedback that I’m continuing along that same concept.
You are by far the most versatile artist I have met. Your work includes oil, watercolor, pen & ink, photography and at least a dozen other mediums. The amazing part for me is that you have seemingly mastered all of them. How did this come about and why work in so many mediums?
I’m always challenging myself and have problems with getting bored. I can’t imagine artists spending their entire career doing the identical sort of artwork in the same way. Yet a person’s general style should be recognizable to be marketed; my chameleon diversity is sometimes a detriment. But I insist that there must be an evolvement as circumstances arise and change alters your creative perception-conception.
Particular topics yearn to be enhanced in complex ways. For instance, my “Work Ethic” series explores multiple techniques and atypical materials that meld into mixed media creations that evolve with time. Metals, leather, recycled materials, intricate drawings and computerized digital grounds merged with acrylics to add surprise to the finished pieces.
Some art is more intriguing in specific mediums. Recently I took a sculptural papermaking class which has filled me with passion to incorporate this medium into future assemblages. I had already experimented for years with papermaking but the simple forming of sheets or casting pulp became stifling to me. This in turn means that I’m sending a more cohesive piece to Korea for an upcoming show rather than submitting embellished handmade paper. Using cold wax and oils to make multi-layered abstracts is also an exciting development. Learned in a local workshop, this combination of mediums is pushing me into trying still another way to create.
Sometimes I’ll experiment on a new modality after perusing various art books. Though I almost failed Home Economics in high school I recently bought a sewing machine for free-style embroidery that will combine my most recent exploration—hand dyeing felt—with various other mediums. I’ve been rusting fabric in my kitchen, cooking Japanese Kozo fibers in soda ash and pounding wool to create felt. Stir in a one-day encaustic workshop emphasizing textiles and even though I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with it all, my creative juices are percolating.
You’ve been all over the world. Do you find location plays some part in your art? Do you look at your body of work and say “This painting could only have been painted in Rome,” or does inspiration come from within?
Good question. Definitely, location has a shaped my direction. I believe the final inspiration comes from environment, the tools you have to work with, personal emotion and the way you choose to interpret the moment. Some locations create edgy work. For instance, I have been an artist-in-residence in former East Berlin several times in addition to a residency program in Hungary that was housed in a villa where former political prisoners had been tortured. I also lived in Lebanon during part of the country’s civil war and was working in Colombia during a surge in criminal drug activity that targeted Americans. Since all these experiences forced my awareness of the global situation, I felt compelled to put together an exhibition “Politicide,” which utilized painting on X-rays, using my own blood on suitcases and sheets to “whitewash” political decisions and a solid wall of acrylic paintings that portrayed innocent victims or collateral damage. I searched the streets of Berlin for materials that enhanced installations shown by candlelight and invited a South African friend who we’d visited in Moscow to co-curate the show. She brought a whole different energy to the exhibition which collected donations for Human Rights Watch. I strongly believe that the arts in general have a responsibility to demonstrate worldwide concerns and to educate the public on unpleasant topics that are too often avoided.
On a lighter note, most of my series “Lost at Sea” was begun at my studio on our river estuary in France that was five minutes from the Atlantic. All the colorful pieces revolve around the ocean, fishermen, shoreline and sea life—my sheer adoration of the environment. Though I still create those pieces, the inspiration that first created the spark is now inside me so all I have to do is “time travel” into that mood, into that realm to paint more of them.
“Jazz Suite,” a brightly colored series begun in southern France while listening to loud, rhythmic jazz now continues with new variations. A jazz quartet in Brussels even wrote a song to accompany a show of these paintings and just that honor spurs more in this series. Other extensive themes were inspired by trips to Africa, living in the Middle East and my collection of masks. Ancient “menhirs” or standing stones in Brittany prompted another creative surge while a free-lance photography job for a Belgian company was the source for my continued exploration about communication—or the lack of it. Then there are the organic shapes painted at five in the morning on the side of a Tuscan barn or paintings of fruit and vegetables inspired by markets in South and Central America. And yes, obviously living in Korea and traveling extensively in the Orient was the catalyst behind paintings featuring Asian motifs.
I must admit that I’ve been so consumed with the November move here, unpacking for the 38th time and getting the studio organized that I haven’t come up with Asheville inspiration yet though I’m relishing nature and these spectacular mountains. Recently, when I attended superb Butoh performances by several local groups I felt that familiar buzzing surge that usually precedes hyperactivity.
What was one of your most unique art exhibitions?
Although my work has been shown in multiple locations all over the globe, the most interesting juried art show was a French one that explored Mary Magdalene as the theme. The exhibition began in Paris at L’eglise de la Madeleine and traveled all over the country. Then my piece was chosen to be transported by sailboat to Israel as a peace initiative for both the Palestinian and Israeli factions. It was lashed to the bow of the boat and a famous French female sailor maneuvered it from Les Saintes Maries de la Mer in the Camargue (amidst the fascinating yearly gypsy gathering) to Israel’s coastline. I had to laugh as the venture was featured in “Paris Match” along with Hollywood and French stars! I then donated another Mary Magdalene piece that was auctioned with the rest of the exhibition at Hotel Charles V in Paris. Little did I know that I was expected to describe the painting in French to a massive crowd and I froze up completely, standing there like a speechless moron. But by the finale of the sale, the art critic managed to send significant profits to children’s hospitals representing both political sides in Israel.
Do you have immediate future plans?
I mailed artwork to Bulgaria, France, Hungary and the Philippines for shows during the summer but didn’t get pieces done in time for two exhibitions in Australia. So I’ve got to get caught up with obligations. An installation emphasizing the horror of war combining pneumatic nails, wire mesh and overbeaten flax pulp is slowly emerging. A firm in Brussels that revolves my artwork to corporate locations in London, Rome, Paris, Luxembourg, Bonn/Berlin and Amsterdam is still waiting for at least twelve more oversized canvases that I haven’t even begun yet. Plus I’m in the midst of illustrating children’s books. I also need to find gallery representation here in the states but as the case of many artists, the business of art is my downfall. I just want to create.