Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Every Little Thing, Wanda Wood

“Every Little Thing” featuring Wanda Wood at the Co-op
The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery presents Wanda Wood’s featured solo exhibition entitled, “Every Little Thing.” Due to Wood’s range of interests and expertise, she is so excited to share it all with you during her upcoming show!
Wanda Wood is well known for her oil and pastel paintings in the Co-op and presents a wide range of new works in this show. Shortly after starting with oils in 1969, Wood became enthralled with pastels after discovering sanded paper. Wood primarily uses a specialty paper from Germany that has a very fine tooth specifically for pastel artists. “Developing a landscape or portrait on sanded paper brings out a depth of color and a feeling that is beautiful and unique to pastel painting.”
In addition to her paintings in oil and pastel, Wanda Wood broadens her perspective to include her interests in weaving. Wood’s assortment of baskets includes pine needle baskets and reed-woven baskets. Some will be made using Irish wax linen thread.
“I just love the way the small baskets look and feel,” comments Wood, “I love making them! Some of them are so small that you just have to love them to give them the time and attention they require to make them so tiny.”
A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 5-8 pm in the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery located on the ground floor of the old Hotel Jerome. Refreshments will be served. The show runs through May 2.
The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery       502 N. Main St.        Open Daily 10-6

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ringing in the New Year

The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery celebrates Jerome’s First Saturday Art walk with an all-member show aptly entitled, “Ringing in the New Year!” Co-op members are encouraged to display new work which may include work outside their currently juried mediums. This relaxation of media types broadens the range of techniques available to the membership to explore as they share their results during their “Ringing in the New Year” event.
Chris Ryback, a multi-talented artist, takes big steps outside her current work in the Gallery with the introduction of her woven necklace and earring set. This sparkly match invites a glamourous mood and can be worn on any occasion. Made with Czech glass beads and metallic yarn, Chris relates that, “It was a slow process, because the weaving is so tightly done.”
Mark Foltz created a little beauty to add to his line of gourd art at the gallery with his new “Three Feathers” gourd, measuring a mere 6.5” in diameter.  Most of Mark Foltz’s gourd art is extremely detailed, and visitors are amazed at their complexity. “Three Feathers” is no exception.
Florence Flynn, a Co-op member for just over 9 months, shares a surprising point of view which causes visitors to smile and take note. “‘Cactus Man’ is a Prickly Dude,” says Flynn, “and his friend ‘Goofy Bird’ keeps him in line and brings smiles of wonderment to those who pass him by. “Cactus Man,” she continues, “is part of a series which involves the challenge of working with mannequins to create interesting characters using mixed media on forms. My inner voice keeps repeating: ‘If you paint it, you must sculpt it; if you paint it, you must sculpt it’.” Flynn’s inner voice mantra helps keep her work fresh by encouraging her to explore each of her subjects in depth through multiple approaches. It’s this type of exploration of a subject that heightens Flynn’s awareness and sensitivity to her surroundings. “Now that ‘Cactus Man’ is complete,” Flynn confides, “I envision a whole line of ‘Friends of Cactus Man’ just waiting to emerge.”
“Ringing in the New Year” opens with a reception for the artists on Jan. 6 from 5-8 pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 502 N. Main Street, ground floor of the old Hotel Jerome. Refreshments will be served. Open Daily 10am-6pm.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jerome Co-op Celebrates with Members’ Holiday Show

The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery kicks off the Holiday season with their 21st Annual All-Members’ Holiday Show on Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk, Dec. 2, from 5-8 pm at the Gallery in the Old Hotel Jerome.
All Co-op members are juried into the gallery in specific categories of art mediums so that a diversity of artwork is displayed all year throughout the gallery. During both their Summer Show and their Annual Holiday Show however, members may display any type of artwork they wish. This is very fun for the members, as it provides an opportunity to show work that they are already proficient in but are not juried in for; or maybe they are exploring a new technique or simply just wanting to try something new in a completely different medium. Whatever the reason, the Holiday Show provides an opportunity for them to do just that. When viewing artwork in the Members’ Show, gallery members themselves often exclaim, “Who did that?” because the work may be so different from what they are used to seeing in the gallery.
For example, Janet Farwell said, “I wanted to create something new for the Holiday Show this year. My own home is always filled with handmade Christmas decorations which are very meaningful to me; from pine cone wreaths made by one grandmother to a felt table cover made by the other. This year I decided to create miniature Christmas rooms that others might enjoy year after year as they decorate their own homes.” For Janet, finding the appropriate materials to embellish her miniature rooms was the fun part. The little rooms needed “just the right wall paper” and “just the right treasures” to put on the tiny mantels or under the little Christmas trees. In the end, she mosaicked the miniature fireplaces (her juried media in the Co-op,) and when it all came together, she had created precious whimsical environments that will set off mantels in any home during the holiday season.

V. Norton describes her love of sculpting the human face. “The character of the visage emerges,” she states, “as I mold the clay.” Inspired by both the past and the present, V. Norton mainly draws on her own imagination when creating her figures. As a high fire clay artist, V. Norton also understands the historical importance of turquoise, both in color and gemstones. Turquoise stones are used right up to the present in art and dress by both men and women. She uses a high fire turquoise glaze on the figures, and an oxide stain on their faces. Sculptures can be purchased as a set, or individually. 

Marjorie Claus draws on childhood memories as well when thinking of the holidays. “Horses have always been a part of my life and my art,” she points out, “but the carousel horse is a new version of horse for me. I used to love riding on carousel horses, and still love their intense color and forms. My intention with ‘Carousel Pony’ is to capture the historical celebration of the carousel in a new way bringing a modern look to it.”

When it comes to choosing art for yourself, your home, or gifts for the Holiday season, the Jerome Co-op is a great place to visit. Visitors will enjoy the exciting, festive options for unique, locally made gift items, home d├ęcor items, jewelry, wearables and greeting cards. Refreshments will be served. Dec. 2 from 5-8pm.
The show runs Dec 2-Feb 29. Open Daily from 10-6 excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.