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Bethel Library hosts family art show, ‘Lineage’

May 13, 2019

The Bethel Library is hosting an art show by a family of three artists Saturday, May 18, through Friday, June 14.

Titled “Lineage,” the show will feature the works of Jo-Ann Cordes, her husband James Cordes and daughter Ashley Cordes. There will be a public reception May 18 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with the artists onhand to and talk about their work, which will be on exhibit in the Maria Parloa Community Room. No registration is required.

Jo-Ann and James Cordes have been residents of the Danbury area since 1974, while Ashley Cordes went to school in Bethel and now has a studio Fairfax, Va., where she lives with her husband and 17-month-old son. James, a photographer with 40-plus years of experience, has done work for National Geographic magazine and Time magazine. He he has had a photography show in New York City, while Jo-Ann and Ashley have both appeared in several juried art shows.

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Jo-Ann Cordes, whose works in “Lineage” are oil and acrylic on paper and canvas, said in a statement: “Three of the paintings in the show are abstracted views from an aerial perspective, in other words, what you might see looking down in an imaginary world — if you could fly. The second group of abstracts focus on irregular circles that feel organic and somewhat celestial.”

Ashley Cordes, whose medium is oil on panel and acrylic and copper leaf on canvas, said in her statment: “My small and intimate fruit still life paintings were painted from life in oil, alla prima style, meaning wet-on-wet and all in one sitting. I strove to capture them with vivid color and enthusiasm. I painted the abstracts after, in reaction to the fruit paintings, pulling from their color palette, extending marks and shapes, like unfolding thoughts and emotions.”

James Cordes said of his photography, “While photography lends itself to literal visualization, I like to bend the rules to introduce distortions that pique the imagination in positive ways.”

The Bethel Library, 189 Greenwood Ave. 203-794-8756, ext. 4; adult@bethellibrary.org