Thornton Academy Postscripts Alumni Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 18

Carmen Johnson ’72: STORY BY EMMA DEANS PHOTO & ARTWORK COURTESY OF CARMEN JOHNSON STORY & PHOTO BY EMMA DEANS Performing on a national stage Bringing nations together art through When Carmen (Cassette) Johnson ’72 moved up to Fort Fairfield in northern Maine a few years ago to be near her husband’s family she welcomed a quieter pace of life and rolling hillsides. However, having lived most of her life in southern Maine, on one day in 2015 she got lost while out driving and ended up crossing the border into Canada where she pulled into a gas station to ask for directions. It was there where she met, by chance, the honorable Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Jocelyne Roy Vienneau. Carmen is an artist who uses ink and watercolors to capture beautiful landscapes, finding inspiration in Vincent van Gogh’s style and opting for bright colors. “Art has always been a part of my life—it’s a talent that God gave me,” she said. She sells prints, postcards, and magnets, and thought it would be a nice gesture to send Lieutenant Governor Vienneau some of her art, including magnets featuring Maine’s iconic Portland Headlight and a moose. “She responded with a thank you note along with an invitation to visit the Capitol, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I could not make it this past summer, so a surprise came right before Christmas—an invite to come to the Governor’s mansion to celebrate the New Year’s Day afternoon levee with them. I was just thrilled and excited. I brought her some of my artwork and my husband and I received a gracious tour of the estate. There was a four-piece jazz band, homemade chicken soup, apple cider, and an assortment of cookies.” Carmen has donated her artwork to several charitable organizations, including prints for the 2017 Thornton Fund Auction, which will be held on May 6! 18 Elizabeth Roy ’ 18 and Anne Wilkinson L to R: Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, Carmen Johnson ’72 , and Ronald Vienneau, at the Government House in Canada. Below: Portland Headlight watercolor by Carmen Johnson ’72. “Music gives me an escape—I can express myself. It feels genuine and completes me,” says Thornton Academy violist Elizabeth Roy ’18. The most challenging part of playing the viola for her is that “it’s very technical; there are so November 10-13, 2016. All-National Honor Ensembles are represented in the following components: Concert Band, Mixed Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble. Elizabeth was then selected to the All-Eastern Honors Thornton Academy has a “comprehensive program that supports students at all levels to achieve and reach for the stars.” many things to think about.” Elizabeth has embraced this challenge and has excelled. This year she was selected to the National Association for Music Education’s All- National Honor Ensemble for Symphony Orchestra—the first student from Thornton Academy to achieve such a feat. The All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. Elizabeth was chosen based on a highly selective review process that included a video audition and a recommendation from Orchestra Director Mrs. Anne Wilkinson. Both Elizabeth and Anne attended the All- National Honor Ensembles, held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, from Orchestra and invited to perform in front of an audience of thousands at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Ne rW'6WV&ǒ&#rVƗ&WF2&VVrFRff"VvBV'2B2&VVV&W"`F&F( 2&6W7G&f"F&VRV'26R6F"2g&W6F&F6FVג2( 6&VV6fR&w&F@7W'G27GVFVG2BWfV2F6WfRB&V6f"FP7F'2( 6BRv2&VVFV6rBDf"V'2आfr7GVFVB&V6v旦VBBFR&VvBFWfV2( &VǒWG2F&F6FVגFR( У