“I have a hard time sitting down and coming up with an idea to paint for me, but when I am doing something for someone else the ideas are just there"; it is those ideas which have made Ag Johanneck such a prolific artist, especially when it comes to donating her work for good causes.
When it comes to creating her artwork, Ag Johanneck doesn’t spend her time making things for herself.
“I have a hard time sitting down and coming up with an idea to paint for me,” she said, “but when I am doing something for someone else the ideas are just there.”
It is those ideas which have made Johanneck such a prolific artist, especially when it comes to donating her work for good causes.
Now in its ninth year, the Redwood Area Orrin S. Estebo Chapter of Dollars for Scholars art auction, has been a beneficiary of her work every year. This year is no different, as Johanneck has donated four pieces to raise money for scholarships to present to RVHS seniors.
Johanneck said she has had a lot of fun making the pieces she donated for this year’s silent art auction.
Among the pieces Johanneck offered are a pen and ink drawing of the lower shelter in Ramsey Park, as well as three acrylic paintings.
Johanneck said she has had an interest in art since she was very young, adding she is not sure what drew her to drawing.
One of her earliest memories is of tearing apart chicken feed sacks and using the three-ply paper for her drawings.
Art was something that was encouraged, especially by her dad.
In a Sunday paper there was an ad from the Minneapolis School of Art that asked those interested to draw a rendition of what was printed in that paper. Johanneck submitted a drawing and that summer someone from the school came to the farm.
Johanneck spent two years doing a correspondence course learning everything from painting to chalk drawing, and she knows her parents made payments for a long time for those courses.
Johanneck said she does a lot of painting on cream cans and old saws as gifts, and said during a trip to Belgium, where she was born, she noticed some of the art work she’d sent to family members hanging on the wall.
Seeing one’s art on display by those who appreciate it offers those who create it a sense of satisfaction. Johanneck said it is nice to know there are people who like what she does.
“It’s funny, but I don’t consider myself to be an artist,” she said. “I just enjoy what I am doing.”
Those who would like to see what Johanneck and other artists have donated can do so today at the Redwood Falls Public Library. Those items are being moved to the school Tuesday and are going to be on display that night during the RVMS concert.
The art is also going to be on display Wednesday during Evening of the Stars, with bidding open until 7 p.m.