Watercolor Workshop

Saturday, May 3, 2014, noon to 3pm

Johne Richardson will lead a watercolor workshop Saturday, May 3 Noon to 3 at Nichols Art Studio in David City. Register at or 402.367.4488 by April 19.

The fee is $35 for adults and $15 for students age 13 to 17. If interested in applying for a scholarship or sponsoring a student to attend the workshop,contact [email protected] To register,visit or call 402.367.4488.

The Agrarian Figure exhibition at Bone Creek begins January 22 and is on display through April 27.  A reception and artist talk is scheduled for April 17 at 5:30 pm.

Johne Richardson: As a boy growing up in Kansas in the 60’s Johne Richardson loved watching small-screen and big-screen favorites such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Big Valley, and the Magnificent Seven.

Johne says, “I love the exploration of place and learning about the immense challenges explorers and pioneers overcame.  Lewis and Clark’s ‘Corps of Discovery’ is one of my favorite stories. The austerity and silence of the prairie as well as its sheer expansiveness captivates me.  A view of cattle on a ridge really sends me. I could see that a million times and feel each time as if it’s a brand new experience.  It never fails that, when I see a sunrise or sunset on the prairie, it’s like seeing it for the first time.”

For years Johne’s specialty was watercolor painting–most often landscapes.  He is a highly respected watercolor teacher.  Several years ago, however, while attending a Civil War re-enactment, he observed the textures and colors of fabrics in the costumes worn by the participants and rediscovered a passion for painting the figure.  Whether he paints or photographs, his quest to tell the stories of the cowboy, farmer and rancher is of primary importance.   For Johne it is a spiritual confluence – his love for art and the people who care for and work the land.

Johne was a Senior Illustrator at Hallmark Cards, Inc. and now is a studio artist.  He also teaches at The Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City and MNU in Olathe, KS.  He stresses that students need a solid foundation in drawing and composition as the foundation for good art.  Johne encourages students to give their authentic interpretation through their work rather than merely copying what they observe because creating art is a uniquely personal expression.

May 3, 2014 Watercolor Workshop Materials List

Yarka or Prang eight or ten-color watercolor paint

Size 8 or 10 natural bristle brush with good point

Paper:  Watercolor block at least 8 x 10.  Fluid or Canson brands recommended

Roll of masking tape


Kneaded eraser

Gallon size water container

Paper towels

Cotton rags

Photo reference of landscapes


The Agrarian Figure Reception

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 5:30 pm.

Join us to hear Johne Richardson discuss his work in The Agrarian Figure exhibition on display through April 27.

This reception is part of the Butler County Chamber After Hours program and the public is invited to attend. At approximately 6:30, Johne Richardson will discuss his paintings, which portray cowboys, musicians, farmers, farm wives and ranchers.

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is generously sponsoring beverages for the reception.  Dale’s Food Pride and Bone Creek Museum volunteers will provide appetizers and desserts.