Monday, June 29, 2015

Arts & Independence at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery

Arts & Independence at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery
Throughout the year, select members of the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery present new works in the featured artist room at the Gallery. Every summer, however, during the month of July, the entire membership displays new or existing work that is representative of the show’s theme. With the Fourth of July falling on Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk this year, the membership voted to entitle the show, “Arts & Independence.”
Our in-house graphic designer, Mark Foltz, created another masterful poster for our show, demonstrating his usual flare and playful nature while depicting the theme in an outstanding manner. Foltz comments, “I want people to laugh, and enjoy my art!”
Victoria Norton celebrates the Fourth with “A-mer-i-ka,” a large 14” ceramic platter with her interpretation of our flag. Norton feels that, “For those who came to our country, this flag says it all.”
Acrylic artist Bernie Lopez was astounded to witness a dramatic sunset in a brilliant palette of red, white and blue. Lopez captured his vision in his painting entitled, “Southwest Twilight.”  
Digital printmaker and batik artist Marjorie Claus enjoys rearranging existing photos of her original batiks digitally. Her piece entitled, “Star Spangled” befits the theme as Claus states, “The horse in my painting represents freedom and the flag image represents independence.”
Please join us as we celebrate “Arts & Independence” at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.
Art Walk Saturday, July 4 from 5-8 PM.   Refreshments will be served.
Show runs July 3 to July 29.

Monday, April 27, 2015


“Reflections” at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is an eclectic exhibition of artwork by Sedona artist, V. Norton. In her exhibit, Norton adds new work displaying ceramic vases, sculpture and masks, as well as handmade books.
V. Norton has lived in the Southwest for over 30 years. Her travels have taken her many places where she notes, “Everywhere I go, I find indigenous people making masks representing their spirits.” Her new masks will be featured in the show; many of them are adorned with feathers and fiber.
The word “calligraphy” comes from the Greek words meaning “beautiful writing.” Having studied and taught calligraphy for many years, Norton uses some of the alphabets in her work which date back to the 5th century. There will be original calligraphy on display. In addition, her interest in calligraphy has led her to writing words with glaze on her ceramic platters which can be displayed on a wall or table.
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the late 1400’s, books were handwritten on vellum from animal skins. Inspired by her interests in calligraphy and bookmaking, her latest small handmade journals are her way of turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. “Making books is part of the whole calligraphy experience for me.” In “Reflections” you’ll find a series of handmade, hand bound leather journals that can fit into a purse or pocket. There will be original hand bound books, in their own boxes, that Norton created.
You can meet the artist on Saturday, May 2 from 5-8 pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery during Art Walk. Refreshments will be served.
“Reflections” runs May 1-July 1.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

“Up Our Sleeves” at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery

“Up Our Sleeves” is a show of new works by mixed media artists Michele Naylor and Marjorie Claus at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.  In mixed media art, artists combine a number of mediums to create a single image.
Naylor firmly believes that people need more color in their daily lives. Colors can evoke emotions or stir memories. They can soothe, startle, move and delight us.  As fabric has always been a part of her life, the tactile and colorful qualities of fabric are a major influence in her new abstract pieces. In them, Naylor allows colors, textures and shapes to guide her as she intuitively composes abstract paintings. “These new works feel like a journey. By giving up a little control, I’m discovering things about myself, and for now, I’m enjoying a very colorful ride.”
Claus shares a similar love of color and texture.  A creator of batik art since the early 1970’s, she is now introducing paintings that combine colorful batiks with acrylic and digital collage. In these works she explores incorporating cave art and petroglyph forms in the images. Doing so enables her to express influences from her travels to ancient sites and primitive regions.  “My break-through came when I decided to cut up some of my batiks and incorporate them as collaged elements on a canvas. I am thrilled with how this step has brought me to the doorstep of even more possibilities.”
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery invites you to view “Up Our Sleeves”
Art walk opening, March 7 from 5-8 pm. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Janice Paul will be playing inventive interpretations of the Great American Songbook and other classic jazz tunes on the keyboard.
Show runs March 6 to April 29.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery              
502 Main Street Jerome