Friday, December 2, 2016


The talented clan of merrymaker-artists at the Jerome Cooperative Gallery will be decking the walls- and every other available spot in the old Hotel Jerome - floor spaces, windows, pillars and fitting room- in time for the opening of their annual Holiday Membership show on Saturday, Dec 3rd  from 5 – 8pm.
        The Opening is in conjunction with First Saturday Jerome Art Walk, and shuttle service will be available for visitors during afternoon and evening hours. The festive JAC evening will include impromptu singing and fa-la-la-ing by roving artist-members accompanied by guitars, ukes, maracas, tamborines and back-up vocals from everyone who comes in the door! Holiday cookies and hot mulled cider will be part of the evening’s menu.
   Membership shows at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery are always fun and enticing because the artists, who are required to stay within guidelines of presenting only juried work during the rest of the year, may exhibit any kind of art or craft at one of the two Membership shows held during the year.
   At this show, for example, Nancy Norman will exhibit a piece of work which is related to her very popular juried rolled- paper beaded jewelry but is uniquely different in format; she has completed a framed 18 x 30 Rolled-Paper Bead Mosaic which has been in progress for several months.  
 For more information about the December Holiday Show, the Jerome Artists       Cooperative Gallery, or individual artist-members:
(928) 639 4276 in Hotel Jerome, 502 Main Street, Jerome, Az 86331
Hours: 10- 6 DAILY 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Signatures: Lettering Art by Sid Freeman

“Signatures: Lettering Art by Sid Freeman”
Sid Freeman uses calligraphy to make art. As a simplified example, if she were to paint an image of a ball of yarn, it would look like a ball of yarn from a distance; yet when examined up close, one could see that the image is actually composed of tiny calligraphic words, written repeatedly, such as “knit, knit, knit,” until the image of a ball of yarn develops. From this start, experimentation led Ms. Freeman to using relevant words and symbols to create visual stories with calligraphy. Her most recent work, “Anchored Innocence,” depicts the story of Romeo & Juliet. To create it, Sid combined calligraphy, color, and historical references and symbols to achieve a masterful piece of artistic calligraphy. Ms. Freeman refers to her new work as “image poetry.”  
Sid's show kicks off with a reception for the artist on Oct. 1st from 5-8 pm, during Jerome’s Saturday art walk. Refreshments will be served. Music provided by Christy Fisher and Frenz. Show runs until Nov.30.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery        
 502 Main Street 

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