NOW OPEN WED-SAT, 11 AM-4 PM
Barbara Clevenger Johnson Gallery
Morton’s Barbara Clevenger Johnson Gallery proudly displays the wealth of creativity and talent found among our local artists. Discover a diverse collection of artwork, from paintings and jewelry to pottery and sculpture. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nestled in the Cascade foothills of Morton, Washington, the gallery first opened its doors May 1, 2007, as part of the newly renovated Roxy Theater. This exciting endeavor was made possible through the vision and hard work of the Fire Mountain Arts Council and many generous donors, including benefactor Ladd Johnson in memory of his wife, Barbara Clevenger Johnson.
Are you interested in displaying your artwork in the gallery? Please contact the Gallery via the e-mail or phone number listed below. We welcome new area artists to feature in our gallery!
Featured Artist: John Norris
John Norris is a 30 year local on Whidbey Island. He has helped raise 5 kids on the island and has also done many trades. Over the years he owned a thrift store in Clinton, an autobody shop and has been a sought after yacht painter. He now lives in Glendale with his wife.
His love for antiques and vintage things has fueled his creative assemblies. You will find him out in the community hunting for that special find to include in one of his many unique assemblies. In his shop full of rusty old pile of treasures he creates his Industrial Art Deco Assemblies, which is his specialty. All his art is from recycled items found all over the island. This is true Whidbey Island art.
Featured Artist: Emily Ann Bryant
My name is Emily Ann Bryant. I am originally from a small rural town called LaGrange, in the southern state of Georgia. I have been a farmer for 14 years, teaching garden education for six, and have recently acknowledged that I’ve been an artist all throughout my life, and…it’s time to do something about it.
I have a passion for storytelling, building worlds that I can find a safe have in, and sharing them amongst my loved ones and others. I feel more than ever, that now is the time to help build our community’s story. Taking time and intention to form that imagery between our relations, and procuring opportunities to build that story together.
About Barbara Clevenger Johnson
Barbara Clevenger was born May 6, 1932 and lived the first 18 years of her life in Mineral, Washington. Shortly after graduating as valedictorian from Morton High School in 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Ladd Johnson. The two moved to Chico, California, in 1951 to attend college. Completing first a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and then a master of arts in education degree from Chico State College, Barbara eventually went on to earn a doctorate at UCLA in 1970.
A born teacher, Barbara touched the lives of countless students and instructors in the many classrooms she presided over, from her first-grade students at Chico Elementary to the education students at Chico State where she taught from 1960 to 1995. During her tenure at CSU, Barbara also served as Chair of the Education Department, Director of Credentials and Student Teaching, Director of Liberal Studies, and Director of the Intercultural Center.
Although Barbara did not begin painting until after she retired, her artistic talent was soon as obvious as her teaching skills had been. Focusing on scenes from life and nature, her works capture the simple beauty and joy that she saw everywhere in life.
The gallery is located next to the Roxy Theater in downtown Morton and is often open during live Roxy Theater performances. Plan to come by before your next visit to the theater. Regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Group tours of the Gallery and Roxy Theater are always welcomed. Please call to make arrangements. The gallery also provides information to tourists in collaboration with the Morton Visitors Center near the historic railroad depot.