A editor's homecoming Katherine Johns returns to edit the island's literary journal.
June 9, 2008 · Updated 3:55 PM
"Publishing Exhibition has always been an act of love. Now, editor Katherine Johns joins the cadre of volunteers who have worked on the bi-annual journal of visual and literary arts, founded in 1985 and sustained by the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. None of us are going to be traveling to the Riviera, Johns said. That's not the point. The point is to stay in touch with this community of artists.Johns, who grew up on Bainbridge, did some traveling before she moved back to the island and joined the Exhibition staff this year, attending college on the East Coast and spending a year in Switzerland.I loved Europe and the East, but this is home, Johns said. I'm single, in my twenties and living on Bainbridge.We are a rare species.Ironically, Johns finds that the changes on Bainbridge have smoothed the homecoming.The fact that it is so different makes it easier, Johns said, because I don't expect it to be the same as it was when I was growing up here.Johns, who does marketing for a Seattle firm, has extensive editing experience she brings to bear on Exhibition. The summer/fall 2001 issue of the magazine - Johns' second - features at least one innovation. I chose to emphasize the voice of the artists and writers by incorporating their own biographies and artist statements, she said. In their own words, the artists and writers offer a perspective on their work that enhances our understanding of the individual pieces.ThemesJohns plans to publish issues on specific themes and to encourage a broad spectrum of submissions.Our plan for the magazine, first and foremost, is to continue to fulfill the BIAHC mission by providing opportunities for local artists and writers, Johns said.We also want to incorporate more color images - and not just on the cover.Johns' plan would strengthen both the overall design of the magazine and the visual art component within the publication. Having the two elements stand side by side as equals has always been an important feature of Exhibition's mission, according to both Johns and former editor John Willson.Using more color would allow inclusion of art that did not rely on the graphic devices of heavy line or high contrast, both say. Graphic artist Jeanette Alexander, visual arts editor Art Grice and literary editor Karen Perry will put their heads together with Johns to fine-tune a publication that has been evolving for 15 years. Our staff donate tremendous time and energy to the magazine - in addition to their careers, families and individual artistic work, Johns said. Working with all these people is a privilege. And, I also get to meet with the artists and writers who submit their work. Copies of Exhibition are distributed directly to BIAHC members and are available for sale at Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts and other island venues. The submission deadline for the next issue of Exhibition is Sept. 14. Call 842-7901 for more information. "