Return of The Renegades: Multiple Art Benefits Caregivers Coalition – Verde Independent | Candle Made Easy

After a more than two-year hiatus during the pandemic era, the Sedona Renegades are back in the saddle. The local artist group is pleased to announce their summer 2022 art exhibition at the Sedona Arts Center.

Running from July 31st to August 28th, this exhibition features some of the region’s most gifted and experienced artists, displaying a remarkable variety of work. The public is invited to hang out with the artists at a First Friday Artists Reception on August 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

And every sale from the show benefits the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition, an award-winning charity that helps older adults maintain their independence and quality of life.

The Sedona Renegades bring a remarkable diversity of life experiences and backgrounds to their artistic endeavors.

Karen O’Donnell, for example, studied art in college but then went on to pursue a career in insurance. Her art is based on impressionism mixed with a dash of contemporary flair. She paints in a variety of mediums, with oil being her current preference, adding watercolor to expand and stimulate her imagination.

Award-winning photographer Jim Peterson is inspired by the breathtaking landscapes of the Southwest, where he grew up and first released a shutter. His highly original images have won multiple awards and been purchased by collectors worldwide. In recent years he has explored new dimensions of expression by expanding his repertoire to include infrared photography.

Woodturner Keith Knisley has honed his skills and designs over many years through his own efforts and sharing with woodturners from across the country. His elegant bowls, platters, end ornaments, boxes and bottle caps incorporate both native and exotic woods with smooth, durable, food-grade finishes.

Carol Gandolfo is a painter, photographer, author and clinical psychologist. She runs a business that helps the developmentally disabled and is President of the Verde Valley Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Her abiding interest in people and animals (particularly cats) resonates in her work, helping her capture fleeting moments that reveal the inner moods of her subjects in her stunning portraits.

Self-taught painter Cathy Knisley is a doctor who returned to art after retiring and enjoys exploring different painting mediums. After mastering abstract cellism with liquid acrylics, she expanded into other liquid arts including resins, alcohol inks and watercolors. These inspire her multifaceted expressions of imagination with endless possibilities of discovery.

Jodie Ball is a native Texan who has made Sedona her permanent home. After retiring from her career as a biochemist, she began pursuing her other passion, art and painting. She was fortunate to travel a lot around Europe and see a lot of great art in other countries. These travels and the beauty of Sedona are a source of inspiration for her captivating paintings.

After retiring from her career as a photographer and photography teacher, Judy Feldman discovered the fine art of creating beaded jewelry. For her, beads work like pixels, from which she forms abstractions, patterns, and other designs using color in a way that differs from a camera. She typically uses Japanese and Czech beads, and her enchanting works can embody up to 3500 individual beads.

Born in France and raised in Spain, Monique Kristofors became an American citizen at the age of 17. After a successful career in public service, she moved to Sedona in 2011 and has continued to paint ever since. Influenced by Pablo Picasso and other 20th-century masters, her vibrant paintings move between abstraction and realism, with themes and motifs constantly changing and evolving.

The passion for art has driven multimedia artist Nora Sims since she was a child. She begins each piece with a simple question like, “I wonder what it would look like if…?” She makes generous and imaginative use of repurposed materials and has mastered the art of seeing what could be different. She finds it a very metaphorical and satisfying process.

Born in Phoenix, Rick Gandolfo has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry. Now retired, he paints stunning outdoor landscapes with a contemporary slant. The bold colors and brushstrokes of his paintings allow him to reflect deep, personal and emotional responses to those around him.

A Maine native, Sandra Beck has had two careers as a physical therapist and then as a retail nursery owner. After moving to Sedona, she discovered her love for painting, first working with watercolors and then adding oil painting and ceramics. Her unique style combines realism and impressionism. She has been teaching watercolor since 2021 and paints in France for several weeks every summer.

John Warren Oakes’ elegant paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. While living in Glastonbury, England in 2008, he began creating enchanting encaustics, a painting technique using beeswax and pigments. A retired art professor, he is the author of numerous books and publications on art and is featured in Sedona’s Best Artists by Louise Sheldon MacDonald and Sedona Verde Valley Art: A History from Red Rocks to Plein-Air by Lili DeBarbieri.

The Sedona Renegades Exhibition is being held at the Special Exhibition Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road. It opens on Sunday 31 July at 10am and lasts until 28 August from 10am to 5pm every day except Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.

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