Monday, June 1, 2009

Rose Johnson - Bisbee Artist - Rest in Peace

I must preface this post by saying that I did not know Rose. But, her spirit is all over Bisbee...on the lips of her many friends, and in the lovely art that graces some of the local businesses. It is indeed tragic, the circumstances that preceded her passing...She has been residing in Bali, Indonesia with her new husband and had apparently consumed an alcoholic drink called Arak was laced with methanol and contributed to her demise. I have no further words. It's just so awful.

May she soar with the angels and find her new place a paradise.


  1. I've read a little about the drink, Arak, and I don't think she added methanol. I think can turn to methanol. Since 23 people died in the last 10 days, I'm thinking there is a bad batch of Arak on Bali.
    Unregulated alcohol can be deadly. The unregulated alcohol we get from living near the border...Bacanora, Mescal, I will never touch again.
    I've heard it can kill you, but never believed it.

  2. I definitely don't think she would have added the Methanol, herself. I figured it was the way the drink was concocted before it reached her. I've now warned my daughter, who has consumed Arrack "mostly in Israel", she says. I am emphasizing the seriousness of it to her. And, I also agree...I hadn't had the chance to buy the unregulated alcohol across the border. Now, I never will.

    Thanks for your post, Gretchen. A town is reeling from all this.

  3. LIKE Rose Johnson's Facebook fan page here ( and view many great images of her paintings too!!!! We love you Rose!!!!!!!! R.I.P.