Billie Johnstone

Featuring  art by regional artists:  floral and grasses  by Susan Curington,  landscapes by Jan Shield,  pastels by Joanne Donaca, wood cut birds and blooms by Gregory Graham, mouth blown glass by Cindy DuVall, textiles by Linda Ballard  and rice paper florals by Zifen Qian.  

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BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s through April. “It’s like living inside a garden, the gallery is layered  with colorful accessories, beautiful artworks, and gorgeous garden books.”

So lovely.  So perfect.  So right.  

Photo layout  by Fairweather artist and Seaside Art Walk photographer, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall featuring  the April  2017 salon-style display of art.

Selected BLOOM artists in salon style gallery display, left to right:   floral oil on linen art by Michael Muldoon,  still life oil on linen by Melissa Jander,  landscape pastels by Gretha Lindwood, encaustic (painting in beeswax) by emerging artist Rebecca Gore, abstract floral pastels by Gretha Lindwood, emerging artist mermaids in sea florals by emerging artist Ashley Howarth, and “Garden Party” tulips and hyacinths  original oil by Melissa Jander.

A round of applause for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s throughout the month of April! You  introduced an imaginative way of displaying many diverse  NW artists.  The artwork brings together design drama in extraordinary intimacy and charm that creates a feeling of a springtime garden stroll. Thank you!” — Bonnie W.

Q: What is salon style display in the context of a gallery exhibition, you ask?

A:  Hanging art salon-style can be a dramatic and brave  way to decorate a wall, placing a range of art with unusual dimensions to create an interesting effect.   Neutral walls are considered a perfect way to cleanse the palette for the eye in  salon-style display.


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COLLECTIVE ENERGY, an exhibition that brought artists of all mediums together.

Artists who appeared at Fairweather’s: Paul Brent, Richard Newman, Billie Johnstone, Bobby McWhirter, Kimberly Reed, Rosemary Klein and Seaside/Gearhart naturalist Neal Maine.

Collective Energy.

Stay tuned for the art, the patrons and the memories of a very special evening, well-played.

With appreciation to Linda Fenton-Mendenhall Photography.

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Billie Johnstone

Billie Johnstone, jeweler  arrived for COLLECTIVE ENERGY.

Billie Johnstone has a history of working with children and their families as a school social worker and clinical practitioner.  After retirement from the Tacoma School District, she returned to South Africa, finding the lives of children overwhelmingly horrific.  She pledged financial support to an orphanage and the youth programs in Soweta to benefit these children.

Billie Johnstone with Art walk patron.

Billie Johnstone with Art walk patron, sharing her back story.

Sparked by a passion for gemstones, crystals and rare trade beads, Billie embraced an inspiration to create a business of handcrafted jewelry as a means to support the orphanage.  Billielepahnt  Designs changes lives.  Each one is custom designed made up of semi-precious gem stones, Swarovski crystals, hand blown glass, vintage African trade beads and other natural materials with gold and silver components.

Original necklaces by Billieielepahnt Design featuring African trade beads.

Q: What are African trade beads?

A: Africans often used beads for currency, (often referred to as African money). Wealth and social status could be easily determined by the quality, quantity and style of jewelry worn. The success of this form of currency can largely be attributed to the high intrinsic value African people put upon decorative items.

Artist’s statement:

I am a philanthropist giving away 100%  of my artistic endeavors to an African orphanage and other charities. “Ubunthu”, an African word, meaning “humanity to others.”  Proceeds are donated to Soweta youth programs and non-profit organizations in  Kliptown, South Africa. 

This is unbunthu.—Billie Johnstone

About Soweta:

kliptown wall

Soweta Kliptown Youth (SKY) provides hopes and serves to some of the most neglected children in South Africa.

Conditions in Kliptown:

There is a health crisis that leaves many children orphans, with high mortality rates, as well as no access to health care. There is a lack of infrastructure.  Many homes lack electricity and plumbing.  There are no schools, clinics or libraries.

There is a lack of opportunity as unemployment is extremely high.  Most adults lack education or sources of income.  Youth have few productive outlets.

Yet, there is a wealth of spirit.  Kliptown is blessed with home and a caring community.

For more information please visit http://www.kliptownyouth


“If I could, I would purchase all of Billie’s jewelry!  What a stunning story! What a remarkable cause! My first visit to Fairweather’s! What an enjoyable evening! Thank you for having Billie here!” –Seattle  Art Walk patron wearing a Billie Johnstone original necklace with the artist Billie Johnstone.