December 2013

sjohnson_The_Remains_of_Turmoil_Oilbar_on_museum_board_2010_21_x_33_inSusan Johnson

A Thirty Year Pathway

Dec 3, 2013 – Dec 29, 2013

Preview Reception: December 4th, 5-9 pm
First Thursday Reception, December 5th, 6-9pm
Artist’s Talk, December 15th, 11am


In December, Waterstone Gallery is featuring an exhibition by Corvallis artist Susan Johnson called A Thirty Year Pathway. The exhibit includes selected oil bar paintings, collages, and large plywood sculptures. They were created by Johnson over a thirty seven year period beginning when she was a graduate student and art instructor at Oregon State University and during the twenty years of her membershipin Waterstone Gallery.  She plans to retire from the gallery after this exhibit but will continue creating from her Corvallis studio. Her web site is

The gallery will display both new and older work. The recent work includes a large painting featuring a water pathway along the South Santiam River, a few very abstract Oregon landscapes Johnson calls landscape puzzle pieces, and some small collages made from older oil bar painted scraps. Johnson is known for her abstract landscapes with an inner window and shapes projecting out of that window.  Many of her works describe a pathway as a design element but also suggest that in life one must decide which of many pathways one should take.

Susan Johnson’s oil stick paintings and other works have been shown and sold in over forty five exhibitions including a one person exhibit Windows into Oregon in 2008 in the Oregon Governor’s Office.  This show will be a retrospective of her work over the last 37 years.