A pair of shows on display

Arts on Grand has a double feature going this month in downtown Spencer.

Not the cinematic variety, rather two exhibits running concurrently through Dec. 1 in their gallery space.

Taking up the majority of the room is “Bursting for Expression” from resident Spencer artist Pat Johnson.

Her watercolor work takes visitors on a journey through the travels of her own life.

“I think it’s particularly great because through these images we get a sense of all the places she’s been and there are flavors from different cultures,” said Melissa Cadmus, curator at Arts on Grand.

One wall has paintings from Johnson’s trip where she stayed at a chateau with other artists and painted scenes from the French countryside.

There are also pieces from her time in Florida’s Key Wet, and of course familiars scenes from her own backyard throughout the Midwest.

“Pat’s pieces all carry a certain flavor that is very unique to her,” Cadmus said. “Hanging together it creates an atmosphere that’s almost like getting to see into the beautiful mind of this beautiful artist.”

While all the paintings in this particular show are done in watercolor, Johnson also works in alcohol inks. Some of those works are available in the gallery shop. Johnson is also teaching a class in alcohol ink on Nov. 17 at the gallery.

“When you see her work it feels so amazing to know that someone has created this. I’d challenge people to see the possibilities in being able to learn the skills themselves and take a class from Pat — learn from her skillset,” Cadmus said.

Johnson’s work is sharing a corner of the gallery space with another show, which includes the work of several artists from Siouxland Artists Incorporated.

It is an organization dedicated to advancing the work of regional artists, fostering the development of art and spreading art appreciation throughout communities.

“This is an organization that’s been around for 60 years,” Cadmus said. “They do this annual juried contest and this is the first year it’s gone on the road. We’re very honored that they called and asked for us to have the show here.”

The group of pieces in this year’s show represent a wide range of mediums and techniques.

There is fiber art, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture and more visitors to really enjoy.

“A show like this also gives our local artists the opportunity to see different styles and versions of techniques they might not otherwise see,” Cadmus said. “Our regular visitors will recognize a few of the names — Glenda Drennen has been here in the past — and there will be a lot new to them as well.”

Check out all the fantastic artwork on display now through Dec. 1 at Arts on Grand.