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“Lincoln” Film, VA State Capitol and Vernon Johnson

A sketch of the Virginia State Capitol illustrates another connection between the recent “Lincoln” film and the artistic eye of Vernon Johnson.  While several current Richmond landmarks served as historic Civil War era locations for the cinematographers, the State Capitol building … Continue reading

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Another “Found” Vernon Johnson Painting of Rural Ohio

Imagine browsing through a thrift shop and finding a “lost” Vernon Johnson painting with a high-class provenance – the elegant Palmer House Hotel, Chicago’s liveliest social center at the turn of the 20th century and well into it. From the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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You Can Own “The Accent House!”

The Accent House continues to be one of the most storied residences depicted by Vernon P. Johnson in The Artist’s Eye. Recently I talked to a former Mount Vernon, Ohio, resident, who is nearly 98 and who members Mrs. Congdon, the … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Eye: Vernon P. Johnson’s Watercolors of 1950s Small Town America

If you are a Baby Boomer… If you grew up in America in the 1950s… If you lived in a small town in America in the 1950s… If you are researching that era of American art and culture… If you are … Continue reading

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