If you remember Jones, Anastasi & Mitchell Advertising Agency, you might recall that JAM was a big player in the Erie market in the 70s and 80s. I worked for Doug Jones, Joe Anastasi and George and Fritz Mitchell.
If you have ever seen an Erie Nutcracker ballet poster, you are familiar with outstanding illustrations of Joe Anastasi. For years, he designed the annual poster and many others for the late Ruth Jageman and others on the local arts scene.
Those were the wonder years of Erie advertising and what a blast it was to be among the Mad Men and Women of the advertising world.
Decades ago, Joe, now 66, took his ad and design skills to Columbus. He is now retired, but shared with many of us at the Erie Times-News what he’s doing now. Four years ago, he started painting homeless people at a shelter where he volunteers. Read the entire story in the Columbus Dispatch here.
Joe has countless awards, and his work has been recognized in The New York Art Director’s Club, Clio’s New York Society of Illustrators, Print Magazine and Editor & Publisher. In 1998, he designed and illustrated “Grimsby the Great Lakes Sea Serpent.”
Here’s a link to some of Joe’s awesome work and a quick bio on the award-winning man who was once my boss, and I am so proud to know him!