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Eco-fractal designer featured at Village Gallery

Galaxy by Nina Joy Rizzo (Courtesy/ Village Gallery)

Galaxy by Nina Joy Rizzo (Courtesy/ Village Gallery)

Originally Published: January 31, 2024 11:12 a.m.

The Village Gallery of Local Artists will feature fractal designer Nina Joy Rizzo during the month of February. The gallery will hold a reception on Friday, Feb. 2 from 5-8 p.m.

Rizzo has been a member artist of the Village Gallery since 2011. She moved to Sedona in 2009, after having lived in New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix. She now resides in the Village of Oak Creek.

In 2007 a friend introduced Rizzo to fractal art, and she began to explore generating images by using a computer program. In 2016, Rizzo’s artwork ‘Galaxy’ won first place in her category at the Las Vegas International Juried Art Competition.

Rizzo’s designs resemble what might be found in a kaleidoscope as each design is unique; she never knows what an algorithm will bring. Some of her pieces take days to create and some are completed quickly. Rizzo explains, “I don’t have to be a mathematician to do this work. It’s as though the images create themselves. I see them as having energetic life, and have been told they are two way portals.”

A fractal is a never-ending pattern of infinitely complex patterns. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals; trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. According to the Fractal Foundation, “Not only are fractals in the world all around us - they are even inside us! In fact, many of our internal organs and structures display fractal properties.”

Rizzo’s fractal images are printed on metal and more recently, they have been printed on fabric in a line of ‘YogiYogaWear’. The fabric is a high quality product made from start to finish in the USA from recycled water bottles. All toxins are removed in the process of creating a breathable cloth that stretches, has UV protection, and is easy to care for with no shrinking or pilling.

Besides being a working artist, Rizzo does advanced bodywork. Although Rizzo is not an MD or OD, she works exclusively with her hands as an Osteopathic Manual Therapist. OMT is used to help correct an array of symptoms and structural imbalances in the body. Her artwork and bodywork have a strong connection. Rizzo had this illustrated to her while studying for a brain health coach certification with the Amen Clinic. Doctor Amen had an image of a fractal on each PowerPoint slide he presented. Rizzo said, “I knew I was in the right place doing the right thing!”

The public is invited to a free reception for Nina Rizzo on Friday, Feb. 2 from 5-8 p.m. at the Village Gallery. Refreshments will be served and member artists will attend. The gallery is located at in the Village of Oak Creek at the roundabout on Hwy 179 and Cortez. They are accepting applications for new membership, and are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, go to SedonaLocalArtists.com or phone 928-284-1416.