BCJ Gallery


Barbara Clevenger Johnson Gallery

Morton’s Barbara Clevenger Johnson Gallery proudly displays the wealth of creativity and talent found among our local artists. Discover a diverse collection of artwork, from paintings and jewelry to pottery and sculpture.  The gallery is open Thursday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Nestled in the Cascade foothills of Morton, Washington, the gallery first opened its doors May 1, 2007, as part of the newly renovated Roxy Theater. This exciting endeavor was made possible through the vision and hard work of the Fire Mountain Arts Council and many generous donors, including benefactor Ladd Johnson in memory of his wife, Barbara Clevenger Johnson.

Are you interested in displaying your artwork in the gallery? Please contact the Gallery via the e-mail or phone number listed below. We welcome new area artists to feature in our gallery!

Featured Artist of the Month

Elena Manecke came here from Russia and has lived in the US for 22 years. She married Rodger Manecke, who has since passed away, when she was 49 years old. In Russia, she grew up loving to knit and was curious how to make baskets. With more time on her hands after she moved here, she sought the help from a friend & books and began making her first baskets. It has been a fascinating hobby for her for many years.
She became a member of ARTrails of Southwest Washington when it started here in Lewis County. After some time, her love for working with fiber grew into Nuno felting and locker hooking. The locker hooked rugs all have her own designs. She also makes her own dyes for the cotton as well as for her baskets. All her designs are unique and are never repeated. This is not just specific for handmade fiber work in general but is also her artistic approach, creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces as well.
Also featuring Rodger Manecke:  He was a retired Airline pilot when he started to do scroll saw made art boxes from exotic wood.

About Barbara Clevenger Johnson

Barbara Clevenger was born May 6, 1932 and lived the first 18 years of her life in Mineral, Washington. Shortly after graduating as valedictorian from Morton High School in 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Ladd Johnson. The two moved to Chico, California, in 1951 to attend college. Completing first a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and then a master of arts in education degree from Chico State College, Barbara eventually went on to earn a doctorate at UCLA in 1970.

A born teacher, Barbara touched the lives of countless students and instructors in the many classrooms she presided over, from her first-grade students at Chico Elementary to the education students at Chico State where she taught from 1960 to 1995. During her tenure at CSU, Barbara also served as Chair of the Education Department, Director of Credentials and Student Teaching, Director of Liberal Studies, and Director of the Intercultural Center.

Although Barbara did not begin painting until after she retired, her artistic talent was soon as obvious as her teaching skills had been. Focusing on scenes from life and nature, her works capture the simple beauty and joy that she saw everywhere in life.

Visit Us

The gallery is located next to the Roxy Theater in downtown Morton and is often open during live Roxy Theater performances. Plan to come by before your next visit to the theater. Regular hours are Thursday through Saturday, noon to 6:00 p.m. Group tours of the Gallery and Roxy Theater are always welcomed. Please call to make arrangements. The gallery also provides information to tourists in collaboration with the Morton Visitors Center near the historic railroad depot.