Joanne L. Gallery: Enchantment in art

By Shea Stanfield
Foothills Focus Contributing Writer

Shakespeare wrote, “Art is enchantment, artists have the right of spells.”

Phoenix artist Joanne L. Gallery has developed a spellbinding painting technique, with the use of acrylics and inks so brilliantly applied that viewers cannot take their eyes off them.

Her goal is, “To create artistic images that bring brightness, joy and fun into my world. I enjoy experimenting with color, textures and paint. I want to surprise the viewer and take them on a visual journey.”

Gallery began her own magical mystery tour in life in New York City. By the time she was 3, her parents relocated to Tucson, then to Phoenix, where she grew up.

Creative from the beginning, Gallery developed a healthy respect for modern art and Georgia O’Keefe, specifically. O’Keefe’s technique of illustrating the landscapes around Santa Fe echoed the possibilities Gallery saw in Arizona’s deserts.

Gallery attended Scottsdale Community College, where she met professor/mentor Robert You. He opened a whole new world of using color for maximum impact. This inspiration, along with interacting with other gifted young artists in the program, inspired Gallery to think beyond painting on canvas. She ultimately developed her own panting methods.

Gallery transferred to ASU to earn a Bachelor of Science in business, before turning her attention to interior design. She relocated to Los Angeles to attend UCLA for interior design training for three years. In the years since, she raised two sons in LA and lived in New Zealand and Philadelphia before returning to Arizona. Today, Gallery is a full-time artist and personal trainer. 

Her home studio has opportunities for her to work on several pieces at a time.

Since 2001, Gallery has steadily grown in notice and success in the art world. In 2010, her painting Mahala won the cover of art publication the Vortex. She then won a commission from Salt River Project (SRP) to “reimagine” the outside of an old refrigerator. This brought attention to her.

The refrigerator traveled to Country Thunder, where musicians signed it, then on to a TV commercial before traveling the science museum circuit. 

Gallery is a member of the Sonoran Arts League and also exhibits with the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, the last two weekends of November each year. She is attending a class at Scottsdale Community on web design to update her website to showcase her vibrant and diverse collection of work. In the meantime, Gallery’s work may be viewed at jlgallery.com, or on instagram.com/joemaxartist.

Contact Gallery at joannegallery@yahoo.com.

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