A purveyor of exuberance, Jana R. Johnson throws vibrant color into all her varied artistic productions. From wall murals and cards to watercolor, pastel, acrylic or colored pencil paintings, to brilliant dyes on fabric and yarn, she finds creative expression for her delight in the simple beauty of the world around her. Raised in Portland Oregon, Jana has had the sights and scenes of the rich Oregon landscape as inspiration through childhood and her years at OSU. Her artistic abilities were recognized early as she won awards and scholarships based on her talents. Several years on the coast gave her opportunity to continue the development of her graceful and lively style as she worked on commissions, illustrations and freelance work.
Jana has been a self employed professional artist since 1982, and is one of the founding members of the Art In The Valley Gallery, a cooperative art gallery that opened in Toledo Oregon as the Illustrated Garden Gallery in the spring of 1991 then moved to Corvallis that fall. In 1982 she won first prize for acrylics at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, and she has exhibited in galleries in Corvallis, Philomath, Dallas, McMinnville and the Portland area. Her work is held in many private collections and has been represented in several group shows. Jana is involved with the Vistas and Vineyards plein air group, as work at The Currents Gallery in McMinnville OR, and the Oregon Arts Alliance Gallery in Eugene, along with Art In The Valley Gallery in Corvallis Oregon. In 1991 she was a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine annual Art Competition, and in the ‘90’s, she participated in the LOCAL 14 Juried Art Show in Portland, Oregon. Her artwork was juried into the 1994 Willamette Valley Art Show at the Art Center gallery in Corvallis Oregon and again in 2003 and 2006 in the Around Oregon Juried show also in Corvallis.
All original artwork is painted on archival watercolor paper, museum grade pastel paper, Ampersand Claybord, canvas or on board surfaces she has prepared with archival sanded pastel primer. She uses a variety of materials ranging from Daniel Smith or Windsor Newton watercolors to Schminke, Unison, Rembrandt or Terry Ludwig pastels. Occasionally she works in mixed media which can include colored pencils, ink or acrylic paints. Many paintings are framed under glass with archival mats, acid free foam board and black metal frames. Others have a UV resistant clear acrylic coat to protect them when framed without glass. Lately she’s been exploring photography, and in July 2007 had a show at Art In The Valley Gallery displaying her latest photos.
Jana is enjoying her explorations with pastel, photography, watercolor and acrylic paintings, along with continuing to make kids hats & dabbling into beaded jewelry, seeking to further enhance the strength and spirit already so warmly expressed in her work.
 
Jana R. Johnson
EXHIBITIONS
 
Oct. 2010: Footwise Artist Display window, solo show
Oct. 2010: Vista Vineyard Juried Art Show
July 2010: Olive Grand group show, Eugene OR
Oct. 2009: Vista Vineyard Juried Art Show
Jan. 2009: Anniversary Show, New Morning Bakery
Oct. 2008: Vista Vineyard Juried Art Show, Honorable Mention award
Aug. 2007: Group show at Unitarian Fellowship, Corvallis, OR
July/Aug. 2007: Group show, Eugene Public Library, Eugene, OR
July 2007: Featured Artist, Art In The Valley Gallery, Corvallis, OR
October 2006: Vista & Vineyard Juried Art Show, Cha Teemawi Award, Corvallis, OR
October 2006: Around Oregon Annual Juried Art Show, Corvallis, OR
Feb.-Aug. 2005: Featured Artist Eola Hill Winery, Rickreal, Oregon
October 2004: Vista & Vineyard Juried Art Show, Corvallis, OR
June 2003: First Around Oregon Annual Juried Art Show, Corvallis, OR
April 2003-2005: represented at The Pearl Gallery, Dallas, OR
April 2003: Centenarian In The Garden Juried Show, Benton County Museum, Philomath, OR
August 2002-present: Art In The Valley Gallery (previously Illustrated Garden Gallery) Corvallis, OR
September 2001: Leaf watercolor chosen for Corvallis OR Fall Festival Poster
July 1996-Dec. 2004: represented at Wild Rose Gallery, Philomath, OR (closed Dec. 2004)
Dec. 1995: Solo Show at Unitarian Fellowship, Corvallis, OR
Oct. 5-8, 1995: LOCAL 14 Juried Art Show and Sale, Portland, OR
Sept. 1995: Solo Show at Sam’s Station, Corvallis, OR
Aug. 1995: Group Show at OSU, Memorial Union Concourse, Corvallis, OR
Feb. 1995: Featured Artist Show at Illustrated Garden Gallery, Corvallis, OR
Jan. 1995: Group Show at Boccharini’s, Albany OR
Oct. 1994: Willamette Valley Juried Art Show, Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR
Oct. 6-9, 1994: LOCAL 14 Juried Art Show and Sale, Portland, OR
Aug. 6th, 1994: Corvallis Art Guild Clothesline Art Sale, Corvallis, OR
Feb. 1994: Community Art Show at the Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR
Oct. 1-3, 1993: LOCAL 14 Juried Art Show and Sale, Portland, OR
Sept. 11, 1993: Art Show and Sale at the Corl House, Corvallis, OR
Aug. 6th. 1993: Corvallis Art Guild Clothesline Art Sale, Corvallis, OR
Aug. 1993: Group Art Show at the Corvallis Public Library, Corvallis, OR
May 1993: Duo Art Show at Good Samaritan Hospital, Corvallis, OR
May 1993: Group Show at the First Congregational Church, Corvallis, OR
April 30-May 2, 1993: Art Show and Sale at The Cannery Mall, Corvallis, OR
Feb. 1993: Community Art Show at the Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR
Oct. 1992: Vista and vineyard Juried Art show, Corvallis, OR
Aug. 7, 1992: Corvallis Art Guild Clothesline Art Sale, Corvallis, OR
Aug. 1992: Featured Artist Show at Illustrated Garden Gallery, Corvallis, OR
June 1992: Lake Oswego Art Festival Art Show, Lake Oswego, OR
May 1992: Floral Open Art Show at Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR
April 4, 1992, Invitational Benefit Art Auction for the Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis OR
April 1992: Group Art Show at the Majestic Theater, Corvallis, OR
Feb. 1992: Community Art Show, Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis OR
Dec. 1991: Finalist in the Artist’s Magazine 1991 Painting Competition.
Oct. 19, 20, 1991: Art Walk Group Art Gallery, The Illustrated Garden Artists, Corvallis, OR
Oct. 1991: Vista and Vineyard Juried Art Show at the Benton County Museum, Philomath, OR
Aug. 1991: Featured Artist Show at Illustrated Garden Gallery, Corvallis, OR
July 3rd, 1991: Opened The Illustrated Garden Gallery, A cooperative Art Gallery with 11 other members in
Toledo, OR
April/May 1990: Floral Open Art Show at Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR
Oct. 1990: Vista and Vineyard Art Show at Pegasus Gallery, Corvallis, OR (painting sold within 2
days of opening)
 
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
 
Art In The Valley Gallery http://www.artinthevalley.net/
Vista Vineyard Plein Air Art Group  http://vistasandvineyards.wordpress.com/
Oregon Arts Alliance http://www.oregonartsalliance.org/
 
EDUCATION
 
1977-1980 Oregon State University
Fine Arts Major
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
 
2009-present: Currents Gallery
2007-present: Oregon Art Alliance member, gallery representation.
2002-present: Art In The Valley Gallery. Cooperative gallery owner, board member, bookeeper.
1991-2002: The Illustrated Garden Gallery. Cooperative owner, accountant, art juror, board
member.
1994-1995: The Illustrated Garden Gallery. Director
1982-present: Jana R. Johnson Fine Arts. Fine Artist