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Beneath a Midwest Sky opens Monday at Parkland’s Giertz Gallery

Acrylic painting of a teal and white boat on a river with green lillypads.
©Douglas C. Johnson, Sportsman, acrylic on canvas, 2024; Photo provided by Giertz Gallery

I’m excited to visit the new exhibit at Parkland’s Giertz Gallery starting next week. We’ve had gorgeous spring weather so far, but summer’s coming and I love the open and cool indoor space of Parkland’s Giertz Gallery. The opening reception is Thursday, June 13th with a talk from the artist at 6:15 p.m.

Johnson is a painter who explores the Midwestern landscape with quiet exuberance. His long-term relationship with the surroundings of central Illinois provides him with subject matter. Using dramatic lighting, an expressive painterly style, and a nuanced color palette, he creates expansive views that reflect a reverence for America’s heartland. Johnson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in printmaking and painting from Illinois State University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Northern Illinois University. His work is in many private collections, and he has exhibited in Chicago at several galleries in the River North district and the Chicago International Art Exhibition, among others. He is the Executive Director of the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington, Illinois.

Parkland’s Giertz Gallery

Beneath A Midwestern Sky: Paintings by Douglas C. Johnson
Parkland College Giertz Gallery
2400 W Bradley Ave
Opening Reception
Th June 13 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs June 10 to July 31
Free (donations always welcome)

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