We sat down with Rose Principe and AJ Nutter of Painted Desert Gallery this episode. Together with Carol Emerson, the two collaborated to open an art space in the city that featured more modern and contemporary subject matter that might be a bit more edgy than what you’d normally find downtown.  The gallery space debuted in August 2009 with an exhibit featuring AJ’s late father, David Nutter’s photographs, taken during his last trip out west. Since then, the gallery has gained popularity among the trio’s friends and acquaintances, and has become a space for the not-so-conventional artist to showcase their work. Some of the things you may find on a visit to Painted Desert include abstract and modern art, collage, photography, video, sculpture, and installation art; a process in which the artist actually assembles a three dimensional piece onsite to convey a certain concept or idea.

Rose, herself, is a painter.  She works primarily with oils and has gathered inspiration from abstract expressionists like Francis Bacon, Wassily Kandinski and Arshile Gorky. In addition to the gallery space, you can also find examples of her work on her website and Facebook page.

AJ’s art takes many forms, including photography and videography. He is also a composer and told us about his ambitious endeavor to write a complete musical score for Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds. The score is scheduled to be released on vinyl October 7th, 2011. You can catch clips of AJ’s handiwork on his website and preorder the record here.

Being from two different artistic genres can create an interesting dynamic and we asked how they manage this dynamic living under one roof. They also told us a little about their work spaces and how they’ve been influenced by one another’s art.

The gallery will be celebrating its two year anniversary in August and will be hosting a special First Friday event featuring a long list of contributing artists. The show will be open August 5, 2011 from 5-9pm.

Painted Desert Gallery is open on First Fridays during the warmer months of the year and also by appointment. For more information, visit them on the web at www.painteddesertgallery.com or https://www.facebook.com/PaintedDesertGallery.

Support for this episode provided by Winding Way Books & Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

Theme music: Invisible Walls by Revolution Void
Break music: Demain je change de vie by david