Coming from a background in print and radio media, Somers resident Corinne Procopis had always dreamed of putting together her own publication. Currently in production of the second Katonah, Somers and Bedford annual edition of Images and Impressions, she has certainly solidified a stake in that dream with co-publisher Mary-John Gall. But the driving force that has gotten them there actually stems from a desire to turn other people’s day time rapid eye movements to reality.
Whether it’s a landscaping business, a main street store front or just the chance to get the word out on a good cause, says Ms. Procopis, “It’s bringing the image of what somebody else’s dream is.” In turn, imprinting an impression on the community begins by providing a publication that begs to be picked up.
Free upon request and dropped off around town, it certainly goes for the right price but this doesn’t necessarily compel us to stoop over for every free publication that comes our way. “They love to pick something up that has such a beautiful cover,” says Ms. Gall in reference to photographic imagery that almost leaves a three dimensional impression.
And its book can be judged by the cover. “We have Ron Meyerson who was an art director at Newsweek for 25 years,” she says of his extensive experience as the magazine’s photographer
Content-wise, Images and Impressions is trying to attract the eye of home and business owners, as a means to keeping everything close to together. “We want people to utilize the people that are living and working in the community,” says Ms. Procopis.
As for local politics, I&I will address topics such as healthcare, education and the environment but do it minus the partisenship. “We have an education section in each issue so we’ll try and do something positive that’s happening within the school districts,” says Ms. Gall, who formerly worked at Citigroup and attended the Parson’s School of design.
On healthcare, for instance, they’ll do their best to help us keep fit and take on the environment by maybe helping us turn our flower bed into a tomato garden. But they’ll keep their ears open and eyes in view of where we are. “We’re at different community events, listening to what we feel people think is important,” says Ms. Gall
The lines of communication are also open at home but leaves their husbands somewhat hostage to the drive of their wives. “My husband knows I like to be an entrepreneur and I like a challenge,” says Ms. Gall. Nonetheless, along with being held captive to the project, comes the same amount of support and pride from him, she adds.
Ms. Procopis can concur for husband and both lend a hand in terms of business leads, providing what they can of their knowledge and doing the husband’s share of Quality Assurance.
“Are you doing this, are you doing that,” Ms. Gall conveys the concerns. “We’re doing all of it and then some,” she’ll assure him.
The inspiration has rubbed off on the kids too. Aside from helping out with things like making copies and riding along on deliveries, they’re beginning to entertain ideas of making a kids’ version of Images and Impressions. Realistically, their dream may be a few years away, but Ms. Gall still takes a lot of pride in the obvious impact it has had. Two women, working together, she says, “it sets a fabulous example for our kids.”
Of course, hopefully the reality of the workload leaves an impression on what it’s actually like to fulfill a dream. More work than both initially envisioned, Ms. Procopis easily displaces all the hats they’ve had to wear with the passion that drives her. “I’m all about my community, that my deal,” she concludes for both.
Katonah, Somers and Bedford edition of Images and Impressions will appear in May as will the Chappaqua, New Castle and Mt. Kisco edition.
Rich Monetti interview of Corinne Procopis and Mary-John Gall