Despite not owning a TV, Amanda Johnson distinctively remembers a line from “True Detective,” one of the most stylistically rich television series of the past decade: “Time is a flat circle.” It’s a concept that remains doubly true as the Amanda Johnson Gallery returns to its home just off central Duval Street.
518 Fleming St. holds more than Johnson’s en plein air, or on sight, paintings. It reflects her journey to establish and stay in an increasingly competitively creative destination. She speaks from a place of experience, having excelled through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts and New York’s Art Students League.
While Hurricane Irma saw Johnson temporarily relocate to Stock Island, she continued to expand successful bodies of oil based works, including her increasingly popular “Spirit of the Palm Series” and iconic “Rooster Collection.”
Art instructor. Collaborator with other island mavericks. Resilient. Johnson is committed to bringing new experimental styles and engaging creations to Fleming Street’s latest art hub.
The grand reopening of Amanda Johnson Gallery on Friday, April 19, from 6-9 p.m., featuring Key West Smugglers Liqueurs, will boldly wave farewell to the idea of a seasonal paradise and usher in a new year-round period of artwork and exciting events. Amanda Johnson is Key West’s artistic comeback kid. Come see for yourself. ¦