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Ann Arbor Miller, Published February 02 2009

In View: 'The Chief Installer'

Christina Johnson is handy to have around. For the past several years, the Fargo woman has played an essential behind-the-scenes role in “A Women’s Perspective” – a potpourri of visual exhibits and performance art.

“I couldn’t do the show without Christina,” said organizer Vicky Jo Bogart.

Bogart relies on Johnson – “the chief installer” – for her power tool expertise and fondness for precision. On a recent Monday, Johnson, pictured above, was busy installing the last of some 65 pieces of art in the lower level of the Hjemkomst Center. The group exhibit – with its theme of home – continues through March 30.

Johnson participated in the first “A Woman’s Perspective” more than eight years ago as an artist and later contributed as a volunteer. Projects like “A Women’s Perspective” simply couldn’t exist without helpers like Johnson, according to Bogart.

“They’re the silent heroes,” said Bogart. Meanwhile, Johnson is straightforward about her role.

“Vicky makes a command and I do everything."

If you go

What: "A Woman's Perspective" artist reception

When: 1 to 5pm Sunday

Where: Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead

Info: The event is free and open to the community. A program featuring music, demonstrations and more begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.awp.handworks.org.

"In View" is a photo column by Forum visual reporter Ann Arbor Miller focusing on everyday people and places in our community. Look for it Mondays in The Forum. To suggest future column ideas, call 701.451.5749 or e-mail Ann Arbor Miller.

In View: 'The chief installer'

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