Thursday, August 24, 2017

“Off the Wall” by Christy Fisher

"Off the Wall" solo exhibition of new work by Christy Fisher features her clothing and accessory designs as well as her new, unique "photographix" collection.
Christy's limited edition artwear is created by hand in her studio in Jerome from fabric that is destined for the landfills of Los Angeles. She recycles hundreds of yards of castoffs from mills in a process she calls "fabric rescue.” This process includes driving to Los Angeles and bringing back 300-400 yards of cast-off fabrics. Back in the studio, Christy and her team washes, dyes and prints the fabrics -- then cuts and sews each piece into great new skirts, tops, arm warmers, scarves and other wearable art designs. As Christy calls it, "Saving the planet one skirt at a time."
Christy’s jewelry is created from recycled glass and metals.
Both her clothing and jewelry lines have been featured in many publications as well as being carried in both the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art Gift shops. 
Her new “Photographix” series are framed pieces that start with original photographs printed on fabric then hand dyed and colored. 
“Off the Wall” runs thru Sept. 27th at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.

Friday, July 21, 2017

“Raise the Roof” for The Hotel Jerome

The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, a 20-plus year tenant of the Hotel Jerome, is taking steps to help the Town of Jerome acquire funds to replace the leaking roof of the building. In celebration of this year’s 100th anniversary of the Hotel Jerome, a fundraiser, “Raise the Roof,” will be held on Saturday, July 29th from 5-8 pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, located on the ground level of the Hotel Jerome at 502 N. Main Street in Jerome.
The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise money for a new roof. “The Hotel Jerome, built in 1917, was a stunner in its day,” according to a newspaper article in the gallery, “with phones and showers in every room!”
The roof has been leaking for many years, right down through all three stories above, and into the gallery! Action is desperately needed to correct the situation to protect the building from further deterioration.
The Jerome Co-op has already donated $11,000 to this effort, and 100% of the proceeds of the “Raise the Roof” fundraiser will go towards replacing the roof. Jerome Co-op members have additionally donated artwork for auction, and food and wine for the event, inviting you to join in, making this an enjoyable evening for all. Local restaurants will also contribute food on the night of the event, and the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra will perform as they donate an evening of lively musical entertainment.
The event itself will include a silent auction and a raffle of artworks and other items that have been donated by Co-op members and interested members of the community at large, including residents of Sedona, Cottonwood, the Verde Valley, and Prescott. “We are getting a lot of support from members of the Jerome Community,” notes Janet Farwell, a resident of Jerome, and a Co-op member. “They have been very generous with their donations of art, gift certificates and raffle items.”
There will be a wide variety of raffle items including a turntable and gift certificates to local businesses. Auction items include paintings, wall hangings, ceramics, glass, wearables, handmade wood items and an array of handmade jewelry. This is truly a unique opportunity to acquire some fabulous local art and offerings while helping to save one of Jerome’s historical landmarks.
Join the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery as they “Raise the Roof” for a worthy cause. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jerome Co-op Summer Membership Show “Celebrating Hotel Jerome: 100 Years”


The old Hotel Jerome is King of the hill- Cleopatra Hill, that is. The venerated, iconic showplace built in 1917 (with indoor bathrooms!) still sits firmly planted on its solid foundation – the first building in the USA to be constructed of poured concrete. The views from its top floors include the nearby foothills where the exact geographic center of the state of Arizona is located.
On the ground floor of the Hotel Jerome, visitors will find the juried displays of 35 local member/artists of the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery who are responsible for all aspects of the gallery business. The artists will be celebrating their own longevity as a co-op (21 years) as well as “Celebrating Hotel Jerome: 100 Years.” The show opens on July 1st in conjunction with Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk from 5-8 pm. The show runs thru July 26.
The dream of creating a cooperative art gallery in Jerome took flight in February of 1996 when a space in the Hotel Jerome- which is owned by the town of Jerome- became available. Four months later, with the able help of a local accountant named Norrie Benjamin, a group of 20 dedicated people, of which only 12 of them were actual displaying artists, agreed to become partners in the new endeavor of starting a Co-op, by each putting $100 into the till to get it started.
Documents were signed, and in the words of one of the local founding members, Anne Bassett, “with a great deal of courage… a lot of curiosity and community support,” an official working cooperative gallery was born. Three founding members who are still in the gallery are Rex Peters (manager), Jim Rome and Brice Wood.
Please join the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery in “Celebrating Hotel Jerome:100 Years,” on Saturday, July 1st from 5-8 pm in the Hotel Jerome, 502 Main Street, Jerome, Arizona. Refreshments will be served.
Save the date: a “RAISE the ROOF” event will be hosted by the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery on Saturday, July 29th from 5-8 pm to raise funds to replace the Hotel’s roof. The main event will be a Silent Auction of artwork donated by local artists. In addition, items donated by local businesses will be raffled off throughout the evening. Come early to place bids on your favorite items. Come for a fun evening with friends and community members, and leave knowing that your support is helping to preserve a Jerome landmark. Entertainment will be provided by the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra and refreshments will be served.
Saturday, July 29 from 5-8 pm.  See you there!
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.