An artists palette
Farewell to Lowell artist Janet Y. Johnson. Memorial services are scheduled for March 4 at the Lowell Congregational Church from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a luncheon. Burial will be at the Lowell cemetery at approximately 3: 15 p.m. Johnson has inspired generations of artists embedded in the greater Lowell area.
She was a water color and abstract artist well-known throughout the greater Grand Rapids area.
Most recently, Johnson illustrated a third children’s book “Gertie’s Geese” about bullying together with a friend Pat Markle of Hastings.
Johnson liked to paint hometown scenes.
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Goodbye to artist Mrs. Janet Y. Johnson
Mrs. Janet Y. Johnson, 87, of Lowell passed away on Feb. 20, 2017.
Mrs. Johnson has inspired generations of artists embedded in the greater Lowell area.
Together with late David Davis and current artist Kathleen Mooney they have created an artistic legacy.
Drawing exotic animals in a circus setting was a passion for Jan Y. Johnson.
Miller Circus in Lowell.
Mrs. Johnson has been a staple at the Flat River Gallery & Framing in downtown Lowell with her countless exhibits of watercolor and acrylic paintings.
Mrs. Johnson studied animal drawing at the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL and graduated in 1951, as well as at Kendall College of Arts & Design.
She worked for Amway as a graphic artist in the 1970s.
“It was fun to work for them back then,” she said in an interview on Jan. 31…
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