Rhythm & Red: Christy Johnson and Snowfight
Christy uses her training in graphic design, illustration, photography, and writing to create small frame pictures that she calls “State Icons”, as well as custom wedding and event stationery. She works in mixed-media, branding and colored pencil illustrations. Christy draws her State Icons digitally first, using her mouse, at the tiny size in which they’re displayed. She prints the archival-quality giclées at home, and then finishes them in simple, handmade frames that are made by her parents.
She thinks of her State Icon illustrations as celebrating the everyday. The landmarks, structures, and buildings she draws may not be known around the world, but they often have deep meaning for people for different reasons. They can be little souvenirs of a favorite place, reminders of a good memory, or ways to commemorate an important date.
She has shown her work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, AZ Gallery, Altered Esthetics, The FrameWorks, Flow Art Space, Twin Cities Pride, Paper Hat, J.A. Geiger Studio, Roe Wolfe, and Foiled Again Salon. Her work can be found in 20 shops and galleries in Minnesota, California, Missouri, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Ohio.
Christy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications (Photojournalism emphasis) from St. Cloud State University, and an Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes International Minnesota. She grew up in North St. Paul, Minnesota, and now resides in Minneapolis.
Christy’s contact info:
Christy Johnson, redshoes26
Snow Fight is the music collaboration of April Sky and Jason Kapel. The duo performs in a variety of settings and styles, performing the songs you know and love as well as an eclectic array of original music. From classy art gallery openings, to late night bar scenes, to their unique and interactive live karaoke package for home parties, there’s nothing quite like Snow Flight.
A powerful voice is only the beginning of the story for April Sky. She brings a relentless, upbeat energy that permeates the room. The soul of gospel and jazz with a modern sensibility, April has fronted multiple bands over the years, as well as being an in demand soloist at sporting events for her moving rendition of the national anthem. An Iraq war veteran, an entrepreneur, a singer, and a massage therapist, April is truly an interesting person with many talents.
This multi-instrumental musician has been playing music since before he can remember. Though his training is in jazz bass guitar, Jason crosses all genres and is prepared to play the piano, bass, or guitar depending on what the song requires. These instrumental options are what gives Snow Fight a unique sound for a two-piece group. One set of music will find Jason switching between instruments regularly. As a bass player, Jason has been playing around town since high school, when he was playing with his father (on drums) in the Leo Fine Orchestra. Jason also enjoys donating his time and talents by playing piano at an assisted living facility.
Christy Johnson and Snowfight will be showcasing and performing this Wednesday, March 5th from 7-9pm at Jungle Red Salon Spa Gallery.