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‘Willie and Holcha’ exhibit continues

on Tuesday, 07 January 2020. Posted in Good life, News, Arts & Culture, Local News

‘Willie and Holcha’ exhibit continues

An in-depth exhibit of the works of Florence native Willie Johnson and his wife, Holcha Krake, continues in the Special Exhibits Gallery at the Florence County Museum.

In 1929, Johnson met Krake, a Danish textile artist. It was a chance encounter which opened a new chapter in Johnson’s life, both personally and artistically.

Johnson’s early artworks often evince his shifting nature, reflecting the influences of well established artists and styles of the time. However, after their marriage in 1930, Holcha became a constant in Johnson’s life.

Krake’s folk art philosophies were rooted in the past, but were shaped just as much by the progressive thinking of European modernism. By 1940 these principals had become a catalyst for Johnson’s own artistic transformation.

The exhibit offers rare rediscovered works by Krake which have recently been acquired. The exhibition explores the mutual influence between these artists and invites a deeper interpretation of both Johnson and Krakes’s work in the context of their relationship.

“Willie and Holcha” will be on display through May 17. For information, visit

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