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Schack artist of the year exhibits whimsical work


August 23, 2017

“We're All Here Cause We Ain't All There” by Gale Johansen.

Gale Johansen – 2017 Artist of the Year – brings her whimsical and detailed artwork to the Schack Art Center in downtown Everett for “My Swirly Brain and Other Oddities,” a solo exhibition open through Sept. 9.

On being selected as the Schack's 2017 Artist of the Year, Johansen said, “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 at 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.

“Occasionally, It's Necessary to Walk the Line Between 1-4” by Gale Johansen.

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.

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.


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