BOTH ARTISTS WILL BE PRESENT FOR THE OPENING
Marguerite Robichaux received an MFA from Louisiana State University and visited Maine as a student, which is when she grew to love the state. Now living in the woods of northwest Maine, her studio lies in the shadow of the Bigelow Mountain Range — one of her favorite subjects. Robichaux also spends part of each year painting in a small studio in southern Louisiana where she grew up, and whenever she travels it is always with a set of watercolors and a French easel. Her work is included in the collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.
Randy Johnston has been working in ceramics in his Wisconsin studio for more than four decades. As an internationally recognized artist he has pursued functional expression bringing a fresh aesthetic vision to contemporary form, and for his many contributions to the development of wood kiln technology in the United States. In the past, Johnston taught ceramics and drawing at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and served as head of the Art Department from 2009 to 2013. Johnston's work is exhibited internationally and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bush Artist Fellowship granted by the Bush Foundation in Minnesota, and two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. With his BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota, he was able to study under Warren MacKenzie, and then went on to get an MFA from Southern Illinois University. Studying in Mashiko, Japan, at the pottery of Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who was a Living National Treasure and a student of Shoji Hamada, has also greatly influenced Johnston's artwork. His ceramics are included in numerous public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Minneapolis Art Institute, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.