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Chamber welcomes new artist guild exhibit

There is a new art exhibit at the Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce for the month of March.

The exhibit features the work of Johnny Johnson, and Johnson was not available for comment, but artist Barbara Littell provided a small biographical sketch to go along with the exhibit.

According to the sketch, Johnson is an Abbeville native who began drawing when he was just a youngster, in the first grade.

When is he not drawing, the 1973 AHS graduate has enjoyed working on cars -- something he has enjoyed doing since the age of 17.

His favorite car, he said, is the 1968 Camaro Supersport.

Johnson is currently retired. He had been working as a truck driver when he developed a heart problem, and this led to his retirement.

He lives on the outskirts of Abbeville, about three miles outside the city limits.

A widower, he has two grown children and three grandchildren.

He has also been a martial arts instructor, something he did for about 30 years.

He does landscapes, seascapes and he likes to paint pictures of pets and pictures of churches.

Meanwhile, the Guild is a nonprofit organization which promotes the arts here in Abbeville County. From time to time, it provides art exhibits at the Welcome Center, and it presents workshops as well.

The Guild worked last year on a fundraiser for Trinity Episcopal Church.

This year, it has a number of programs, including a student art show planned for the month of April, and in September, according to the Guild calendar, the organization is planning a "Paintnic in the Park," and in October it will participate in the Hogs and Hens Festival in Abbeville.

Jesse Nance is the president of the Guild.

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