North Gate Vineyard has selected Morgan Johnson Norwood as the program’s newest Artist-in-Residence.
Norwood will hold a public reception showing her work entitled “Seed, Planted: Paintings by Morgan Johnson Norwood,”at North Gate Vineyard 3-5 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 7,. Her paintings are created in oil with many layers of color, sometimes including lyrical marks drawn into the paint with charcoal and graphite. Her art will be on display through April 2.
Norwood studied art and art education at Mercer University and the University of Georgia; and museum education at George Washington University. Her award-winning paintings, sculptures, and works on paper are currently collected in many parts of the world. Exhibitions include Artomatic 2008 and 2017; U.S. Geological Survey headquarters and the JoAnn Rose Gallery, Reston; with solo exhibitions at ArtSpace Herndon.
“I’m deeply fascinated by the shapes and shifting of shadows and of other forms in nature-roots, seed pods, and other small places for creatures to hide,” Norwood stated. Her published illustrative work includes features in Fit Yoga magazine and she has illustrated two books, Hip Tranquil Chick: On and Off the Yoga Mat, by Kimberly Wilson; and Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life, by Sophie Uliano. Gorgeously Green was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show with the author and actor Julia Roberts.
Raised in Atlanta, GA, Norwood has found herself at home in this area for over a decade, teaching visual art to students at John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria and currently at Campbell Elementary School in Arlington. She lives in Arlington with her two daughters and when not teaching, creates at the Columbia Pike Artist Studios.
North Gate Vineyard is located on 26 acres at the base of the Short Hill Mountain, just north of Purcellville. Their first vineyard was planted in 2002 and commercial wine production began in 2007. In March of 2011, North Gate opened its solar-powered, eco-friendly winery and tasting room, which received LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council in September of 2013; the first winery in Loudoun to be LEED certified, and second in Virginia. North Gate currently
The North Gate Vineyard Artist-in-Residence program was created to support local artists by providing a venue to show their artwork in a public, formal setting. The program also provides a facility for the artists to conduct other art-related activities such as educational seminars, instructional classes, or in-depth lectures on their artwork or creative process. Displaying their work in such a way provides flexibility for the artist to work at and achieve certain goals they may have in their profession.
North Gate Vineyard is located at 16031 Hillsboro Road, Purcellville. For more information, go to northgatevineyard.com.