As Celeste Johnston, of Montross, who is certified in botanical illustration and art, let her creativity flow it expanded to encompass artistic methods that are no longer commonly used. Her resulting art and displays of some of those methods make up this month’s Westmoreland County Museum Pop ‘n’ Art show. It opens Wednesday, May 20, with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. that includes complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, and soda pop for sale to benefit the museum roof fund.
“I was interested in art from a young age,” Johnston said, adding that she graduated from Fairfax High school in 1960 where she was the art editor for the school newspaper. Marriage and motherhood took the place of attending college to become an art teacher, “but then in the early 1990s while living in Washington D.C., I learned that the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now part of George Washington University’s College of Art and Design) was looking for docents. I applied and enjoyed being part of that program from 1994 to 1999 when my husband, David, and I moved to Richmond.” That first step down a new road opened a whole new journey when the noted botanical artist, Leslie Exton, began a botanical art course at the Corcoran and invited her to attend.
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