Sunday, July 31, 2016

Soul Food- Through the Lens of Jerome Co-op Photographer Mike Koopsen

      The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery will be celebrating the landscape photography of artist Mike Koopsen in a new exhibition, “Soul Food: Places and Spaces to Nourish the Spirit.” This exhibit opens on August 6th in conjunction with the Jerome First Saturday Art Walk and runs through Sept 28th. The public is invited to join Mike and his fellow Co-op artists from 5-8 pm for food, wine and the opportunity to hear first-hand what motivates the soft-spoken, inspirational artist to continue his photography career after 25 years.
In the beginning, there were horses; images initially captured on black and white film proved to be the launching pad to a successful career fueled by a passion not only for wildlife, but for landscapes encountered in the beauty of the natural world around him. Mike’s desire to capture ‘the spirit of the moment’ led him to seek out and photograph places where very few people ever venture. He traveled across continents and through 70 countries, but confesses that some of his most thrilling adventures occurred here in the American Southwest, which he now calls home. “It is in these places where I experience a deep sense of awe, excitement and inspiration which I try to capture and share for others to enjoy.”
As a ‘cultural’ photographer, Mike shares an awareness of the fragile and precious nature of our environment and the need to protect it so future generations can enjoy the wonders he has experienced. “I hope my images will inspire others to seek out a richer, more personal connection with the natural world.”
The artist’s award-winning images have been published in books, magazines and newspapers and used in brochures, videos and on the web.
Mike Koopsen: Trails Traveled Photography, Sedona Az.
Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery 502 Main St, Jerome, Az 86331 928-639-4276

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jerome Coop Artists Have the Summer Blues- and Greens and Golds

The celebration continues for another month in the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery Annual Summer Membership show, “Local Color.” Unlike the rest of the year, artists are encouraged to showcase not only their juried art, but any other creative project they want to share with the public. During the two month exhibition, watercolorists become calligraphers, fabric artists show jewelry, ceramicists dip their brushes into oil palettes and photographers get down and dirty with their digital art. Many delightful surprises as well as new works from the members’ juried media fill the show room for two months, and the current show runs through July.
 While there are always some artist/members present at the gallery on a daily basis to ring up purchases, share tourist advice and give lessons on Jerome’s colorful history, the First Saturday Art Walk is always a crowd favorite that brings out the food and wine and many more artist- members to meet the public. The entire town opens its doors after-hours, from 5-8pm and live music in the galleries often contributes to the “Saturday Night in the City” party atmosphere.
The monthly Art Walk at the Jerome Coop also serves to highlight new items recently introduced by artist-members. Fashion designer, Susan Brackell- whose colorful fabric water bottle carriers are always a popular item, has a new line of Wine Totes- perfect carriers for a full bottle of Pinot Grigio to accompany all those healthy lettuce wraps on a summer creekside picnic.
Watercolor artist Judy Jaaskeleinen has created a new collection of decorative pillows which highlight her love for and interest in the role of historic women- a perfect and completely unique gift for all genders of friends.
Join us for First Saturday Art Walk on July 2nd from 5-8pm at The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, 502 Main Street in the historic Hotel Jerome.
The gallery is open daily, 10 am – 6pm  For info: (928) 639-4276

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“Celebrate with us!”

The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery kicks off its 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 7th, during Jerome’s First Saturday Art walk, from 5-8 pm. 
In 1996, a small group of local artists dreamed of having a place of their own to showcase their work. Through the concerted efforts of local artists and local business supporters, their dream quickly became a reality when the town of Jerome offered the newly forming Co-op, the ground floor of the historic Hotel Jerome as their storefront. The Co-op has been a resident tenant ever since; growing, expanding, and sharing colorful local art with the Jerome community and its visitors for the past 20 years.
Victoria Norton celebrates her own personal journey as a long-time member of the Jerome Co-op with her new tryptic in clay, entitled, “Abstract Celebration.”  Ms. Norton’s intention to stretch her limits demonstrates what is possible for a Co-op member. Stretching and growing is encouraged in the Co-op environment so that artists are kept engaged, and patrons enthralled.
Marjorie Claus celebrates her membership in the Co-op as a batik artist by referencing her Indonesian roots where she first learned batik. She chose to depict a Balinese Barong, a mythological character, which symbolizes the Force for Good. Marjorie comments, “The Co-op has endured many struggles over the years. Our members are resilient, and the Force for Good at the Co-op always win out!”
Sid Freeman, calligrapher, celebrates her participation in the Co-op with, “Together,” from her new series of “narrative paintings.” In “Together” Ms. Freeman explores the notion that the words “he, she and we,” written calligraphy-style in a painting can visually express their meanings.  In “Together,” Ms. Freeman uses a mix of spirals and other symbols that represent the Co-op’s 20 year history of growth and change as our members have worked together to make the Co-op what it is today.
“Celebrate with us!” is a diverse showing of artwork from 35 members. A reception for the artists will be held May 7 (Art Walk) from 5-8pm. Entertainment will be provided by the notorious John Ziegler and Sally Stricker Duo, who incorporate into their performances a wide variety of influences that range from standard and contemporary folk and pop to more obscure cabaret and ethnic stylings.  “Celebrate with us!” will be a festive event you won’t want to miss!
“Celebrate with us!” runs May 7-June 29.
Open Daily 10am – 6pm.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 502 Main St.