Kevin Johnson, an Iowa native, began working with stained glass in 1977 as a rehabilitative activity following an accident. Although this accident left Johnson with double vision, no depth perception and alexia (a loss of the ability to read caused by lesions of the brain), he learned to do the intricate cutting, grinding and soldering required for his highly detailed windows. Relying primarily on his sense of touch, Johnson creates intricate panels depicting a wide variety of birds. The artist studies and researches each bird to ensure his stained glass interpretations are as life-like as possible. Johnson has sold several of his works and also presented a 1,861-piece window of a bald eagle as a gift to President Ronald Reagan.
The Art Reception for Kevin will be on Saturday, July 14th at 2:00 at the John C. Fremont Library District.