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Nell Johnson has been calling the Chateau Girardeau her home sweet home since 2015.

In her life, Nell has been gifted with an artistic spirit. She’s been a seamstress, a painter, a pianist, and even plays the pipe organ. “Art is in our genes,” she said, sharing about her son and daughter who are also both artists. Nell’s Chateau home is filled to the rafters with unique and handmade art. On each wall is a gallery with various media--many paintings and sculptures, and larger sculptures on the tables placed about the room.

Everyone she paints or sculpts comes from her own mind, and takes on their own identity. “When I get through, I think, who would this guy be and what would he have done?” Her paintings don’t all feature faces, though. Many are of places or moments in her life that she remembers fondly. She experiments with light and dark shades to give different emotion to her artwork.

 

Nell appreciates the social aspect of the community, sharing “I can’t tell anyone what I’ll be doing next!” However, Nell also favors a different part of The Chateau. As an artist, Nell prefers to spend a great deal of her time in solitude and enjoys the quiet. She likes that that Chateau gives her the perfect balance of being surrounded by interesting people, with a safe and quiet haven to withdraw to when inspiration for a painting strikes.

However, she’s not shy about sharing her artwork with everyone in the community. Recently she opened her doors for an open house gallery tour of her pieces; stringing gallery lights and arranging the work in just-so, she invited more than 125 people into her home, giving them a chance to see her art. So stand by, because you never know when another opportunity may arise!

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