Join us Friday, August 4 from 6:00-8:00 pm with “A Father / Daughter Story” featuring Virgil Wimmer and daughter Brandy Johnston.
Virgil Wimmer has lived in Glade Spring, VA for more than 74 years. He entered ETSU in 1965 and “dropped out” after two years. He re-entered in 2000 and graduated in 2002 with a degree in social studies with a concentration in oil painting. He says he “had a passion for art in all forms” for as long as he can remember. He recalls, “My mom and aunt were always drawing when I was small. When I was a teenager, I worked in a movie theater and I loved films. Living in a small town, any exposure to the art world was a real thrill. When I was older and I could travel outside our small town, I was able to experience museums and galleries and this was when I really became interested in painting.” Wimmer has painting landscapes, still life and even street signs representing some of the places that he has traveled. He is currently “inspired by the color brilliance, complexity and simplicity of the rooster.”
Brandy Johnston, is the CEO of “House of Johnston”, along with her CFO, Jason Johnston, to deliver to society a responsible and compassionate young adult named, Hailey. Prior to her CEO position, Brandy was a supervising producer in Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta GA. Most recently, she worked for Buster creating & developing promos, commercials, network rebrands and motion graphics for television. She produced/co-produced 7 feature length micro-budget films as a freelance producer. She got her career start as a project manager for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. Currently she is producing and co-director Expressing Motherhood-South Bay, a stage show showcasing 10 real people sharing their stories of motherhood on stage. Johnston started creating her Wallpaper Art in 2015. The pieces are mixed media and primarily consist of cut out wallpaper sample sheets.