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The Art Galleries at FGCU Open "Leo and Krista Johnson: New Work" with Reception Jan. 22

FORT MYERS, FL - The Art Galleries at Florida Gulf Coast University announce an exhibition of works from admired members of the Fort Myers arts community, Leo and Krista Johnson, with an opening reception with the artists, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, in the FGCU Library Gallery. The exhibition runs through March 6.

This exhibition of "New Work" celebrates the diversity of styles between husband and wife as they attempt to push the boundaries of their paintings.

A native of Florida, Krista Johnson has studied painting for many years. She has had several solo shows, and has been included in group exhibitions throughout the area. She also teaches an art class for underprivileged children at the Alliance for the Arts, and is a singer and songwriter for the pop rock group the Bettie Page Boys.

"I have arrived at a style in which I try to convey something extraordinary I have seen in nature in an intrinsically individual manner," said Johnson.

Leo Johnson was born in Tampa. He is a third generation Cuban-Sicilian, who is still immersed in its language, culture and art. He studied painting in San Miguel, Mexico, a school founded by Diego Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros, the great Mexican muralists. He has won many awards for his paintings and has shown in New York City, California and throughout the United States. He had a one man show at Der Flur Gallery in Kassel, Germany in March 2003. He also participated in Spektrale 3 in Berlin, Germany in September 2003. He considers it important to be active in his community, giving many lectures throughout the U.S., and teaching painting to underprivileged, disabled and at-risk children.

"In my paintings, I try to reflect the human spirit: its agonies, joys, exuberance, and peaks and valleys of everyday life," said Leo Johnson. "Also included is the fleeting moments which appear to us once in a lifetime and are gone. Throughout the history of art, mankind has been the motivator, the inspirer, and the force that protects and propels civilization into the future."

For further information contact interim director of the Art Galleries at FGCU Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199 or

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