Local artist Sunshine Johnson’s work will be on display during Friday’s Art Stroll at the Romance Theater.

Local artist Sunshine Johnson’s work will be on display during Friday’s Art Stroll at the Romance Theater.
Rexburg Cultural Arts’ monthly Art Stroll returns to the Romance Theater providing live music, free dance instruction, a dance class giveaway and artist exhibits Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“We are really excited for September,” said Carly Paul, an event manager with Rexburg Cultural Arts. “We have an artist named Sunshine Johnson. She is actually from Malaysia from Sabah on the island of Borneo. She is going to do a display of paintings. … She likes realism but she likes to add a lot of imaginative play into that. She has paintings of her son in different settings, like he’s imagining that he’s a pilot but it’s a realistic setting. She’ll be in the Romance Theater lobby.”
Johnson came to the United States to attend Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Her husband is currently a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
“She’ll be displaying some watercolor paintings,” said Paul. Johnson will also be bringing an easel and demonstrating her painting technique during the evening.
“We also have pottery from Natasha Hopkins. She has some beautiful … flower pots,” Paul said.
The floral-inspired pottery will be on display in the Romance Theater lobby.
The event will also feature live music. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Isabella Sosa-Salazar will be singing and playing guitar. Sosa-Salazar is a communications major at BYU-Idaho. According to her statement on Rexburg Art’s website, “I play a variety of acoustic songs ranging from 1960’s favorites to today’s indie rock. Expect to hear some melancholy dream pop, folk pop and R & B.”
Also, between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Cecilia Fisher from the Rexburg Arts Center, will be providing free dance workshops on the stage of the Romance Theater.
“For the first half hour, they’ll teach classical ballet, and for the second half hour, they’ll do Spanish dancing. They’re going to bring castanets, fans and skirts that people can wear during the lesson.”
Fisher will be teaching the dance lessons and then will provide a little performance afterward on the stage for the audience.
“Also, Rexburg Arts Center is going to do a giveaway. They are going to give away three scholarships — free tuition for their dance classes between September and December,” Paul said.
“Their dance classes are twice a month, and they cost $100 a month normally. They are going to give away one set of lessons to a child, one to a teen, and one to an adult,” Paul said. “So it’s a total of $1,200 that they are giving away. People can come and enter a drawing to win free dance classes until December. It’s just a really great opportunity. So you can come and kind of get a taste of what it’s like to take dance classes, and then enter to win four months of a dance class.”
Additionally, at Rexburg’s City Hall, Madison Middle School’s fourth and fifth grade Alternative Instruction Model gifted-talented classes will be providing a student art show.
“The theme for both of their shows is ‘Where I live,’ so they’re focused on things about Rexburg and the surrounding area. … The fourth graders are going to do a photography show,” Paul said. “… The fifth grade class is doing a 3-D art piece that will reflect the buildings and the other places that they enjoy in the Rexburg area. That will be up all month on the first floor of City Hall in that hallway.”
The student art exhibitions will rotate throughout the year and be displayed at City Hall.
“We are really excited to do that and give opportunities to different grades and age groups that are in the Madison School District,” Paul said. “Each month, we’ll have a different class in there and some sort of a theme.”
Rexburg Cultural Arts will also be supplying a homemade craft that guests can complete at the theater.
Artists interested in participating in future Art Strolls can fill out a form at rexburgarts.org. The event is held the first Friday of each month.
The evening is sure to thrill with painting, dance, photography, pottery and live music for all who attend.
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