With a glad heart, it is my pleasure to introduce a man who often graces our studio ~ Mr. Jim Johnson!
I’ll start by telling you what I know about Jim, because the rest I’ve just found out myself and it’s astounding. Jim is a good ol Nebraska boy, bestowed on us in 1935. You’ll usually find Jim swaddled in denim & chambray, and he’s always wearing that huge smile that tries to hide under his perfectly fantastic handle bar mustache.
I first met Mr. Johnson at the Willamette Art Center’s studio, and I had heard he was a great sculptor… but you can never really estimate what another’s opinion of a great sculptor is. However, let me say that he is, but even more so he’s a great guy!
I hear Jim is a jack of all trades, again what is this opinion, this label??? Well, I guess you just have to meet him to know. Jim has literally been around the world, and I’m not talking vacation mecca’s, we’re talking Habitat for Humanity places like Honduras and Guatemala. But this is just part of who Jim is. This retired middle school teacher slash artist is an angler, an Alaskan charter deck hand. The man caught a 413pound halibut which is still the record, beat the 80 pound test by almost a football field! Johnson’s list goes on and on: Jim designed his own house, and has taught art from here to his two years teaching in Japan. So when in Japan… you may encounter one of Jim’s exhibits.
Now let’s talk about Jim’s Art, the kind of art you’re going to meet in this year’s Artisans Village Garden Plaza. If you’ve yet to meet his creations, he’s been enriching our cultural environment in places like the Happy Valley Sculpture Garden, Federal Way Sculpture Park, Wenatchee’s Waterfront Sculpture Park, Arts on the Avenue and the Keizer Art walk.
Have a premiere look here at Jim Johnson’s larger than life pieces, formulated from Bronze, copper, brass and steel.
Jims testimony “Do it now, do it now”
One piece of advice I will follow. ~ Judy Hellman