Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January thru February Featured Artist Show

  Flower Power in Full Bloom at Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery

Attention former and future Flower Children: the Age of Aquarius is more than a musical relic from days of yore; indeed, it is a movement that is as relevant today as it was in 1965 when Beat Poet, Allen Ginsberg advocated using “masses of flowers” as weapons of peaceful protest to be handed out to policemen, the press and spectators. He called his action plan “Flower Power,” and an entire subculture based on Art, Peace, Love, and Rock and Roll was born.
 In the first Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery exhibition of the new year, JAC artists Christy Fisher and Christine Ryback invite all peaceniks (and everyone else) to revisit the time of the Flower Children as they pay homage in their art to the ideals of the time.                                                                                              
 The “Flower Power,” exhibition opens on January 3rd in conjunction with the First Saturday Art Walk of 2015 and will run through March 4th.  Opening night hours are 5-8 pm. Refreshments will be served, and the house will be rockin’!
 Providing entertainment for the evening will be the very popular music duo, The Black Forest Society. William Schwab and Dave Rentz bring a unique original music experience of vocal and instrumental storytelling which they describe as “musical Soul Food.”
 Christy Fisher – designer seamstress and jewelry maker for some of the most beloved Rock and Roll icons of the 60’s and 70’s will showcase her popular clothing and jewelry designs inspired by the avante-garde /psychedelic art, symbolism and Rock N Roll stylings of the times. She dressed musicians Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa, has designed a line of knitwear for Macy’s and created jewelry for the Smithsonian and Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Using the rich vivid colors inherent in the art of the late 60’s, Christy draws from such artistic influences as Heinz Edelmann (art director for Yellow Submarine), Milton Glaser, Peter Max and Dr. Seuss. 
“I believe there are three things that will never go out of style: Peace, Love and Music; those were the backbone of the Flower Power movement…but things have been brought into the 21st century. This is Flower Power 2.0,” says Christy.
“You will see dresses inspired by bumper stickers and digitally engineered fabric prints using pop festival poster illustrations and photographs. My new jewelry designs explode in rainbow colors using titanium coated crystals and colorful recycled glass.”
For Christine Ryback, Art and Peace come from her love of the natural world. On the opposite coast from the birthplace of Flower Power and following many years as a drapery/window treatment alteration seamstress, Chris took advantage of the diverse New Jersey flora surrounding her, and, before relocating to Arizona, began casting leaves in concrete.
“My love of nature gets me outdoors and I am always on the lookout for leaves to cast. Each finished piece shows all the veins and markings of the real leaf, so each one is unique.”
Chris recently completed several very large hanging pieces, including a huge flower – a special nod to the Flower Power theme. The artist continues to add new works to her collection and in the exhibition, she will be showing her latest addition, wearable ‘minis’ fashion and hat pins. “I also have a few 3-D pieces –something new in my collection, and a new birdbath as well as another surprise. Come to the show and see!” 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 Members Holiday Show

Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Annual Holiday Show

The 2014 Holiday show in Jerome offers a lively mix of items ranging from stocking stuffers to fine art. With winter and holiday themed items to choose from, visitors are greeted by a diverse array of gift, jewelry and wall art when they shop at The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery the month of December.
In December each year, Co-op members celebrate another fabulous year and give thanks for all the visitors who have passed through their doors. These visitors have played a major role in the success that the Co-op has enjoyed over the past 17 years.
Home to the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is the old Jerome Hotel, built in 1917. Newspaper headlines at the time, called it “a stunner in 1917: with phones and showers in every room.” The Hotel Jerome was a stunner in the 1920’s, and continues to “rock” with stunning items of an artistic nature inside, at the Jerome Artists’ Co-operative Gallery. There you’ll find creations made of wood, metal, glass, ceramics, paint, dyes, gourds, photography and more. With 35 members in the Co-op, there is a stunning collection of talent expressed through fine art, craft and jewelry now on display at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.
Please join us in the month of December for a celebration of our annual Holiday Show.
Show runs Dec. 6 - Dec 31
Opening Reception Art Walk Saturday, Dec. 6 from 5pm-8pm.
Refreshments will be served.
See you there!
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery     
502 N. Main St.                     928-639-4276       

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Skies The Limit”
Featured Artists’ Show: Sarah Harms and Wanda Wood
Vibrant colorful snapshots of Arizona monsoon skies have stimulated the creative juices of two talented artists at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. Not only have these two artists, Wanda Wood and Sarah Harms, paired up to present a full range of new works in their individual media, they have paired up to jointly create  new works. Some collaborative works involved both artists working together on the same artwork, while others evolved from a mutual “skies-inspired” snapshot in which each artist interpreted the mutual image in her own unique style.
Snapshots of brilliantly colored skies and other images taken by Harms during her morning dog walks along the Verde River have inspired Harms to incorporate “skies” and other images into her jewelry and felted wall art pieces. Harms has printed the images on aluminum and has used many of the same metalsmithing techniques in her new pieces that she is already using in her line of jewelry. This has prompted Harms to refer to her new pieces as ‘Wall Jewelry.’ Harms states that “Getting ready for this show has really prompted me to push my creative envelope.”
Wanda Wood has also taken advantage of the featured artist show by including many other techniques besides painting. Her new works use diverse items such as geodes, pine needles, Irish waxed linen thread baskets, and gourds. She loves creating art with unorthodox materials.
“Skies The Limit” is certainly without limits.
“Skies The Limit” runs Oct. 4 - Dec.4.
Opening night: Art Walk, Saturday, Oct.4th will include snacks and refreshments.