Friday, May 10, 2024

Visual Dialog

 The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is excited to present, Visual Dialog,” a three-member show. An art walk reception will be held for the artists on Saturday, June1 from 4-7:30 pm at the Jerome Co-op Gallery, ground level, 502 N Main Street, Jerome. The show runs thru July 31.

Jo Agostinelli describes, “As artists, we use our skills to express things we feel, know, intuit. Exhibiting our work creates an interaction with the viewer. Their thoughts and interpretations may or may not be what the artist had in mind but are an important part of the Visual Dialog. When art elicits a reaction – be it an emotion, an opinion, or an insight, it creates a dialog between artist and viewer. The thoughts of the viewer are just as valid as the artist’s intentions, as all works of art can be appreciated on many different levels.”

Jo, originally from Connecticut, currently lives in Clarkdale, AZ, just south of Sedona in the beautiful Verde Valley. “The beauty and diversity of Arizona’s landscape and heritage have seeped into my work over the years,” Jo notes. “I’m inspired by nature regardless of what piece of the planet I am standing on!”


Jo’s pastels and oils have been exhibited throughout the country from Cape Cod to California. Her professional affiliations include membership in the Connecticut Pastel Society (signature member), the Pastel Society of America, and the Arizona Pastel Artists Association (signature member) and ‘Made in Clarkdale, her home-town art organization.

Corey Reese, also inspired by Arizona’s immense landscape, says, “Our local landscape is beyond breathtaking from our own frame of reference, but take that perspective 10-400 ft higher, and a whole new AMAZING viewpoint is revealed!” That is the point of view Aerial Drone Photographer, Corey Reese, is out to capture!

 “From a photographer’s standpoint,” Corey says, “think of a drone as a floating tripod. You can place the camera in ways that were once unimaginable; thus giving the subject of the photo a new immersive perspective.” Corey continues, “Landscapes can now have an almost surreal feel with a ‘Bird’s Eye’ line of sight. But the journey doesn’t end with the snap of a shutter button. To complete the story, my prints are available in many different sizes and varieties: From top quality metal prints to reclaimed barn wood hand-framed archival paper prints; each style portrays my work in a unique way.”

Thomas Hammond’s art journey began when he was in his teens. “Later, I was trained as a commercial artist with an emphasis on representational art, graphic design and calligraphy,” he states. “During those years some of my luminaries were Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish.

He continues, “As the years tumbled by, and my interest moved in the direction of Fine Art, I was impressed with and stirred by such superb artists as Richard Schmidt, Howard Terpning and William Mathews. Then about 30 years ago, I came to Phoenix to pick up a Design award. Later that week, on a friend’s recommendation, I visited Sedona. The landscape blew me away! Six years ago, my dream of living in and painting the scenic panorama of this area was a romance come true!”

“This show”, Thom continues, “has provided me with the opportunity to paint the stunning beauty of the Arizona landscape on a larger scale. I am entirely dedicated to representing Arizona in a way that other folks who have been smitten by living, hiking and traveling in this enchanted region, as I was, will find a Dialog, an emotional trigger and a firm connection to the peacefulness and drama of our surroundings.”

Surround yourselves with the art of three of Jerome Co-op’s landscape visionaries and welcome their perspectives into your homes and offices through their Visual Dialog. Jerome’s First Saturday Art & Wine Walk from 4 – 7:30 pm on June 1. Snacks and beverages are provided along with live music. Open to the public. Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery 502 N Main St, Jerome.

Currently accepting applications for members in all mediums.


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