Local artists opening new exhibit in Alexandria on Saturday, April 2

It will feature JD Johnson of Miltona and Matt Bakke of Alexandria.

This artwork was created by wood turner, Matt Baake of Alexandria.
Contributed photo

ALEXANDRIA — JD Johnson and Matt Bakke are exhibiting their unique collections at the Alexandria art gallery, Fine Line Arts.

Johnson of Miltona has been taking photographs and painting for twenty-seven years. In his exhibiting collection entitled Dreamscapes, Johnson presents a series of paintings he created to help himself through the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Immediately transporting you to the ocean, these free flowing and vibrant paintings express his desire, as he describes, “to travel, surf, and be free” and evoke a true “spirit of adventure,” according to a news release from Fine Line Arts.

Bakke of Alexandria, a wood turner, has been creating art since 2012. Bakke has the special talent of turning fallen and discarded trees into whimsical and functional creations like bowls, vases, and other wooden products. In his own words, “I take the wood nature gives me and try to enhance it,” Bakke said in the news release, adding that he brings out the true natural beauty found uniquely in the wood itself.

The exhibit opens with a Spring Art Gala on Saturday, April 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. The free gala will feature music, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres. All are welcome to attend and get a chance to meet the artists themselves.

The collections will be for sale at Fine Line Arts through May 13. Visit the website at or call 320-433-0923 for store hours.

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