How Dave Brubeck and Vernon Johnson “Met” in a Watercolor

During this month of jazz artist Dave Brubeck’s passing just before his 92th birthday, I remember fondly our family’s distant connections and how they influenced my musical and artistic tastes. Brubeck and my father, the watercolor artist Vernon Johnson, who was of the same era, “met” in the 1950s through a contest sponsored by Brubeck’s record label. Calcutta BazaarHere’s the painting that linked them and that remarkable decades-long story. 

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Writer, consultant and author of The Artist's Eye: Vernon P. Johnson's Watercolors of 1950s Small Town America
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1 Response to How Dave Brubeck and Vernon Johnson “Met” in a Watercolor

  1. Steven Mullinnix says:

    Merry Christmas, Janis

    From 2720 Kenmore Road, Richmond VA. My wife, Terry, and I have a fire in that amazing fireplace and your father’s watercolor of this house over the mantel in the living room. I the mail today we received The Artist’s Eye from you, but there is no email to reply to that I can find so I’m sending this via your blog. We marvel at how many of our neighbors have Vernon Johnson watercolors of their homes over their mantels, too.

    An aside, since we moved into the house December ’09, we have received a large box of My Olive Pickles from My Olive, North Carolina addressed to Vernon Johnson.

    Your generosity, thoughtfulness and kindness are sincerely appreciated.

    Let me know if I can do anything for you,

    Time to finish hanging the stockings,
    And then curl up with a magical book.

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