Plan A (There is no Plan B)

Johannah’s most recent mosaic series celebrates the beauty of the natural world, continuing a theme from the earlier Nature and Endangered Flowers series.

We are thrilled to be showing these three mosaics among  a selection of Johannah’s work at Gallery at 23 for the month of April. Located just across the street from the Maggie Walker statue on Broad St. in Richmond, this gallery features artwork exhibitions by new and established Virginia artists.  “Take Care” features Johannah’s mosaic artwork about environmental and social justice .

Join us for the First Fridays opening in the Broad St. Arts District on Friday April 5, 5 pm to 9 pm. We’d love to see you there!


Each of the mosaics in this series is inspired by the sense of awe I feel looking out at our world, at the waters, mountains, and forests on this beautiful and singular planet we get to call home. And that’s just it, it’s the only one on which we know we can survive and thrive. If we continue to mess it up as we have been, if we don’t clean it up so it can continue to be a viable, healthy place for plants and animals to live, there is no plan B. (Or as I’ve seen on signs at environmental demonstrations, “No Planet B.”) So I see these works as a celebration of our world, and a call to reawaken our connection to our home.

The first piece I completed in this series is “River Journey.” This piece is comprised of several lengths of blue and green mosaic laid out side by side. “River Journey” is inspired by the James River, the river we love running through the center of the city we live in. Drinkable water represents a tiny portion of water on earth, yet much of that water is poisoned by human activity. The panels in this piece represents the legs of the human journey in our relationship with water. As we travel this journey, the health and quantity of the water and the landscape around us may change, and different periods of crisis or improvement may last for different lengths. We don’t know in advance how many different legs this legs journey will encounter, but like a river, history carries us ever onward.

“In the Mountain’s Shadow” was the second piece in this series. This one consists of a rugged mountain silhouette in white with black shadows below and a tiny moon and stars above. “Mountain’s Shadow” was inspired by rocky mountain ranges like the Himalayas of south Asia and the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, so different from our own ancient and softly rolling Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. This piece is meant to represent those dark periods of life that feel inescapable in the moment. Right now, the health of our world is in a very dark place that often feels hopeless. The moon and stars represent the hope of light and a different future.

The last piece in this series is “Such a Perfect Day.” This piece consists of a horizontal triptych, a series of three pieces meant to work together to create a whole image. Puffy white clouds float against a blue sky over a line of evergreen trees and a golden field. “Perfect Day” is inspired by early summer days, golden days when the sun feels warm and perfect and a soft breeze stirs the trees. The title comes from the Lou Reed song of the same name, a song used frequently in soundtracks to add a touch of foreboding to those similar golden days. With climate change already wreaking havoc in our world, those beautiful perfect days now come with a sense of foreboding in real life. How much longer can we expect to experience such perfect weather? Let’s savor those days while we can, and work towards the hope of more in the future.

Holiday Show Schedule

We may be biased, but we have to say, this year we have a really incredible holiday show schedule. Can you believe this is our 5th year participating in Richmond holiday shows? Neither can we! We look forward to these shows all year as a great way to connect with folks in real life as well as stock up on personal, handmade gifts. This year we have a nice round-up of our classic favorites, as well as some exciting additions to the places you can shop for our work in person, including our first-ever Holiday Studio Sale.


First up, we have two ongoing gallery shows opening the first weekend in December.

>> Gallery Flux 6th Annual Miniature Show

Johannah has several mosaic pieces accepted into this annual show featuring a variety of art from paintings to mixed media to sculpture. This show offers clients a chance to invest in Fine Art at affordable prices from compelling local and regional artists. All artwork featured in this show will be priced $400 or less and 8" x 8" or smaller.

WHEN: Opening reception Friday Nov. 30, 5:30 to 8 pm // Stop by the gallery in person or online through December 30.
WHERE: Gallery Flux, 307B England St., Ashland, VA 23005

>>Art 180's Atlas Holiday Market

We're excited to return to the Atlas Holiday Market. Art and handmade crafts made by local artists will be on display and for sale just in time for the holidays, along with products developed by ART 180. All art will be sold for under $500 and will go as low as $5!!! Sale proceeds will be split between the artists and ART 180.

WHEN: Opening reception Friday Dec. 1, 6-9 pm // Show is open weekdays 10 am - 5 pm Dec. 4 through 14.
WHERE: Art 180 at Atlas, 114 W Marshall St., RVA 23220

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Throughout the month you can find us at several weekend craft shows, and we'll wind it all up with our first-ever Holiday Studio Sale where you can pick up those last-minute gifts straight from our Scott's Addition studios.

>>Richmond Craft Mafia's Handmade Holiday
WHEN: Saturday Dec. 2 (10-6) and Sunday Dec. 3 (11-6)
WHERE: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Ln., RVA  23220

>>Carytown Artisan Market
WHEN: Sunday Dec. 10 (10-5)
WHERE: 3201 W. Cary St., RVA 23221

>>Holiday Studio Sale

Join Phoenix Handcraft and Sweet Cheeks for last-minute holiday shopping in our Scott's Addition studios! We'll have all our customer favorites to pamper yourself or a friend. Our doors are open all day! Stop by and pick up a handmade gift while you run those last-minute holiday errands.

WHEN: Saturday Dec. 23 (10-5)
WHERE: 1607 Altamont Ave, RVA 23230

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Hope you can join us at one or more of these events. We'd love to see you!

Out & About in August and September

We're shaking things up a little the next few months with some events out in the wide, wide world that are a bit different from our standard craft shows.

First up, VASEN BREWING COMPANY. Kyle's been working with our newest Scott's Addition neighbors to create custom forged steel fixtures for their tasting room. They opened for business on July 29, so stop by for a cold farmhouse sour brew and check out the forged steel chandelier Kyle created with Wendy Umanoff, as well as the sign and a few other items. Can you spot them all?? 

Forged chandelier created by Umanoff Design and Phoenix Handcraft

Forged chandelier created by Umanoff Design and Phoenix Handcraft

Next up is RVA MAKERS. We're hosting the August meet-up at our studios. Come socialize with area makers and check out Johannah's demonstration of the tools and techniques she uses to create her mosaic artwork. And as a special bonus treat, check out the spaces of our new studio mates, Umanoff Design and Sweet Cheeks All Natural!

In September, Johannah will be the featured Artist of the Month at CHOCOLATES BY KELLY. If you have not had her chocolate, you are in for a treat. Go for the chocolate, stay for the art! Join us for opening night on First Friday, September 1. Johannah will be showing her recent Domestica series as well as work from earlier this year and a few mirrors.

Domestica mosaic series celebrating those everyday objects we often take for granted

Domestica mosaic series celebrating those everyday objects we often take for granted

And we wrap it all up with a return to the 43RD STREET FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. Rain or shine, nothing beats a craft show in a beautiful, tree-lined historic neighborhood. Come on by and say hello!

Stop by our calendar for full details on all these events! Hope you can join us. We'd love to see you!