Art at the Co-op

“To share a moment in another being's existence is to share a moment of grace”

These words are by Joseph Melior who will be the artist in March in our Art at the Co-op series. His show will open on Friday, March 10 with a chance to meet him and talk to him between 5 pm and 6:30 pm that evening. The show will run through Wednesday April 12.

Most of you will know Joseph as the Grocery Manager here at the Co-op. You will see him around the store welcoming people, solving their problems, running the grocery crew, hauling freight and stocking the shelves.

You may also recognize him as a free styling poet who has appeared in various locations around the area.

But he is also a fine photographer.

Joseph writes of himself, “I was born in 1982 and grew up under the grandeur of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Many a summer day was spent hiking through the Rocky Mountains enraptured by what I experienced. In 1991 I moved with my mother and sister to Moscow, Idaho. While missing the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, I developed an appreciation for the unique wonders of the Northwest.”

Joseph owned simple cameras from early childhood and always was interested in the art, but it wasn't until 2015 that he invested in a good camera, a Canon Powershoot SX60. Utilizing the Canon, he began to take pictures of landscapes and animals, hoping to evoke an emotional response within his viewers, and to foster a reconnection with the natural world.

This fostering of a connection with the natural world is something he holds dear to his heart. He writes,

“My aspiration with photography is to install a sense of curiosity and wonder about the natural world. When I am taking pictures, I am searching for connections.

“I love going on long walks to see how other creatures are living and to hopefully capture the beauty of their lives. To share a moment in another being's existence is to share a moment of grace.

“With my landscape photos, I hope to capture a sense of the surreal magic of the world we live in. I spend the majority of my time inside buildings so art including photography is my way of reconnecting. I hope these images help you reconnect also.”

Come on in between 5 pm and 6:30 pm on Friday, March 10 and meet Joseph.