Return of The Renegades: Various Art Benefits Caregivers Coalition

After a hiatus of more than two years in the era of the pandemic, the Sedona Renegades are back in the saddle. The local artist group is pleased to announce their Summer 2022 Art Exhibit at the Sedona Arts Center.

From July 31 to August 28, this exhibition showcases some of the region’s most gifted and talented artists displaying a remarkable variety of work. The public is cordially invited to hang out with the artists at the Artists’ Reception on the first Friday, August 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

And every sale of the show will benefit the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition, an award-winning charity that helps seniors maintain their independence and quality of life.

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

Karen O’Donnell, for example, studied art in college but later launched a career in the insurance industry. His art is based on impressionism, mixed with a touch of contemporary style. She paints in a variety of mediums, oil being her current preference, and adds watercolor to expand and stimulate her imagination.

Award-winning photographer Jim Peterson is inspired by the stunning landscapes of the Southwest, where he grew up and where he first shot a shutter. His very original images have received numerous awards and have been acquired by collectors all over the world. In recent years he has explored new expressive dimensions by adding infrared photography to his repertoire.

Woodturner Keith Knisley has honed his skills and designs over many years through his own efforts and interactions with woodturners across the country. Its elegant bowls, trays, finial ornaments, boxes and bottle stoppers incorporate both domestic and exotic woods with smooth, durable and food safe finishes.

Carol Gandolfo is a painter, photographer, author and clinical psychologist. She runs a business that helps people with developmental disabilities and is president of the Verde Valley Coalition Against Human Trafficking. His abiding interest in people and animals (especially cats) resonates through his works, helping him capture fleeting moments that reveal the inner mood of his subjects in his striking portraits.

A self-taught painter, Cathy Knisley is a doctor who returned to art after retirement and enjoys exploring different painting mediums. After mastering abstract cellism using fluid acrylics, she expanded into other fluid arts including resins, alcohol inks and watercolors. These inspire his multi-faceted expressions of imagination with endless possibilities for discovery.

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

After retiring from a career as a photographer and photography teacher, Judy Feldman discovered the art of creating jewelry using glass beads. For her, pearls work like pixels from which she creates abstracts, patterns and other patterns using colors in a way different from a camera. She typically uses Japanese and Czech beads, and her spellbinding works can include up to 3,500 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 been painting ever since. Influenced by Pablo Picasso and other 20th-century masters, her vibrant paintings oscillate between abstract and realism, with ever-changing themes and subjects.

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

Born in Phoenix, Rick Gandolfo has spent most of his career working in the aerospace industry. Now retired, he paints striking outdoor landscapes with a contemporary bent. The vivid colors and brushstrokes of his paintings allow him to reflect deep, personal and emotional responses to his environment.

Originally from Maine, Sandra Beck had two careers as a physical therapist and then as the owner of a retail plant nursery. After moving to Sedona, she discovered a love of painting, working first in watercolor, then adding oil paint and ceramics. His unique style combines realism and impressionism. She has been teaching watercolor since 2021 and paints in France for several weeks each 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 teacher, he is the author of numerous art books and publications, and is listed 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 exhibit is held in the Special Exhibit Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road. It opens Sunday, July 31 at 10 a.m. and continues daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., until August 28.

Dora W. Clawson