Roving Reporter | "Scratchboard Art Amazes Visitors" | Text and Photos by Jeanette Larson

Johnson (middle) explains her technique
Wind Way Gallery in Rockport hosted noted artist George Ann Johnson at a reception on Saturday, May 6. Visitors, including several from out of town, were enthralled by Johnson's scratch art (which is so intricate it almost looks like a photograph). Several visitors commented on the detailed work and the clarity of the eyes in Johnson's subjects. Although she works in other media as well, scratchboard art is a type of engraving where the artist uses sharp knives and other tools to engrave into a thin layer of white China clay that is covered with dark ink. This allows the white to show through and can be left as is or be colored. Johnson's art will be displayed through the end of the month. Those visiting the gallery also enjoyed wonderful refreshments provided by Cisco Willison.

California visitor admires the art
Sally Mitchell and Jim Larson look at a work in progress

The art of eating

The purse really works!

Cisco Willison

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