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Philadelphia photographer Derek Jecxz opened his work on December 2nd at the Dakota Ridge Gallery, a fine art photography gallery across from the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Mr. Jecxz focuses on the landscape. The scale of his work is quite large and dramatic and makes his compositions considerably more compelling than if you were to evaluate them online.

Photographer Derek Jecxz at Dakota Ridge Gallery

Images by Derek Jecxz

The title of each work doesn’t include a location, which is appropriate since they seem to occupy spaces in the mind that might differ for each viewer.

For example, the kinetic Contemptuous Seas might have been captured in Maine, or northern Canada, or perhaps someplace overseas, but that isn’t what is timeless about the piece.

All of Mr. Jecxz’ images seem to recall a private experience or time that each viewer can relate to in some individually unique way, perhaps according to a cherished memory. Return contemplations of Leaves in Brackish Water reveal that indeed water is an important element in the image, but it isn’t what you first notice. Or perhaps it is. You seem to recall the scene, or maybe you’ve been there – but the thing is that the image is an especially beautiful embodiment of your recollections.

Dakota Ridge Gallery in Jim Thorpe PA

Middle Room in Dakota Ridge Gallery

The moody Stream to the Sea straddles both worlds, perhaps of the nearby Jersey shore or quite possibly someplace very far from here. Torn Ice Leaf poetically communicates the damp frostiness of a mid-autumn morning that we’ve all experienced and put away in our memories.

Each piece is exceptionally well-produced, right down to the 8-ply matboard and the signature embossing that Mr. Jecxz favors. As an image to be displayed in a living area, each excels in different ways, but none would be ignored by a visitor, and all easily occupy large wall spaces of virtually any color.

In the middle room the gallery is currently showing samples of several artists’ work. The luminous black-and-whites of nationally-collected artists Daniel Jones, Chip Forelli, and Madagascar-based Pierrot Men are on display, along with color images from Pennsylvania photographers Matt Dallos and David Bazzel.

A current exhibition of images focuses on a sampling of owner Dan Hugos‘ recent travels in Bosnia and Croatia.


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The photographs of R. Alexander Trejo are on display at the Dakota Ridge Gallery in Jim Thorpe, PA on May 14, 2011, the opening day of the Jim Thorpe Art Weekend. The series, entitled “Architectural Surreal”, highlights Mr. Trejo’s passion for architectural subjects and their relation to surreal and romantic art. Alex Trejo at Dakota Ridge Gallery in Jim Thorpe

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Trejo began taking photos in his teens. While working for several years in the architectural field, he traveled whenever possible and noticed that his ‘hobby’ of taking pictures was becoming a real passion.

Wanting to learn, rather than simply point and click, to capture, compose, and make thoughtful photographs, he took courses in the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Studying the work of innovators of photography such as Stieglitz and Steichen  Mr. Trejo began to bind his passion for architectural subjects with the conventions and history of photography.

The combination of architecture, photography and other forms of illustrative and surreal art meld with the desire to share what he can see in his mind’s eye.

Alex Trejo at Dakota Ridge Gallery in Jim ThorpeThe exhibition will begin with an opening reception at 7 PM for the artist at the gallery. Mr. Trejo’s work will be on display through July 31. The gallery is located at 9 W Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

For more information, contact the Dakota Ridge Gallery at (570) 325-2082 or visit www.DakotaRidgeGallery.com.

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“These are beautiful images,” said a young couple from Philadelphia during a recent visit to the Dakota Ridge Gallery in Jim Thorpe. “Is the gallery accepting any new work?” The walls of the gallery, filled with the work of 16 different fine art photographers from Pennsylvania to as far away as Madagascar are an example of a great deal of inspiring – and affordable – new work available at several galleries in Jim Thorpe’s lively arts scene.

Dakota Ridge Gallery

Dakota Ridge Gallery

Dakota Ridge proprietor Dan Hugos responds that the gallery isn’t currently accepting new submissions as it is displaying a great deal of new work by his current artists, ranging from silver gelatin (almost an alternative process these days) to hand-colored prints, to large digitally produced images. He’ll be looking at new work next summer.

The Artefino Gallery directly across from Dakota Ridge specializes mostly in contemporary paintings, while also featuring a diverse collection of photography, sculpture and various small pottery. Owner Mike Kubas is also active in the auction market as well as image mounting, framing and restoration. His gallery is located in the former Marion Hose Building (adjacent to the Opera House)  and represents an ambitious remodeling of the space.

A few doors up Broadway is painter Joel LeBow’s Hazard House Gallery. The house, formerly occupied by one of the founders of Jim Thorpe, Philadelphia businessman Erskine Hazard, is now home to Mr. LeBow’s abstract paintings, which are collected and shown all over the world. A Jim Thorpe resident since 1983, Mr. LeBow’s work was recently  the subject of a sixty-year retrospective at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA.

Painter David Price first came to Jim Thorpe in the early 80’s, working on a project documentating many of the historic buildings in the region. Like many artists from that period, he stayed. His Three Mountains Gallery on Race Street contains decades’ worth of his eclectic watercolors and oils, and features the large press with which he produces his many ink-and -watercolor etchings.

Artefino Gallery

Artefino Gallery

Further up Broadway is the Flow Gallery and Restaurant which is located in a former wire factory, having been totally refurbished by painter Victor Stabin and his wife Joan.  Stabin’s illustrations have been used by the US Post Office on several different postage stamps, and his adjacent gallery is part of the reason that Flow is well-known as a destination restaurant.

Potential art buyers in art don’t necessarily think of Jim Thorpe as an art destination, but there have been accomplished artists here since the late seventies, when the re-birth of interest in historic structures first began. Galleries were among the first businesses to reclaim the many spaces in Jim Thorpe that were falling into disrepair back then and they have done so in imaginative and beautiful ways .

It’s always a good policy to call ahead to any of these and other art locations in Jim Thorpe to make sure that they are open. Prices are typically quite moderate when compared to more urban galleries. Visit the Art Galleries section of the town’s official website, http://www.JimThorpe.org for more information.

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