Artist Judy St. John exhibiting in Harrisville

Dragonfly Gallery in Harrisville is featuring an exhibit by Judy St. John during the month of July. A reception in her honor will be held Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the gallery, located at 116 E. Main.

St. John finds inspiration in nature for her new show, “Seasons Change.” Whatever the season, her gardens, the woods around her home and the bucolic beauty of Alcona County provide fresh images for her work. She is especially interested in the interplay of the seasonal change in colors and in her own manipulation of space.

A native Michigander, St. John has been painting for 20 years. Before retiring to take up her brushes, she was a chemist and a banker, earning advanced degrees in both fields.

Since her early retirement from banking in 1995 she has studied art at Oakland Community College, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center and a number of workshops with nationally known artists.

She is a board member and shows her work regularly at the Dragonfly Gallery in Harrisville and the Thunder Bay Art Council Gallery in Alpena, as well as occasionally in juried and invitational exhibits across Michigan.

St. John is a board member of Inspiration Alcona, with special interest in its annual Alcona Arts Retreat, held each September the weekend after the Labor Day holiday. She also organizes a retreat each June for the Northeast Michigan Artists Guild.

She and her husband of 42 years moved after his retirement to Lost Lake Woods Club, where her family has held memberships since the 1920s. Her home there includes a 300-square-foot studio, where she works on her paintings, collages, monotypes and prints, all in water media. She also knits, crochets and weaves.

In her spare time she enjoys travel, gardening, reading, TV mysteries and live theater. She is also devoted to her Siamese cat, Frasier, as he is to her.