Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jerome Coop Artists Have the Summer Blues- and Greens and Golds

The celebration continues for another month in the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery Annual Summer Membership show, “Local Color.” Unlike the rest of the year, artists are encouraged to showcase not only their juried art, but any other creative project they want to share with the public. During the two month exhibition, watercolorists become calligraphers, fabric artists show jewelry, ceramicists dip their brushes into oil palettes and photographers get down and dirty with their digital art. Many delightful surprises as well as new works from the members’ juried media fill the show room for two months, and the current show runs through July.
 While there are always some artist/members present at the gallery on a daily basis to ring up purchases, share tourist advice and give lessons on Jerome’s colorful history, the First Saturday Art Walk is always a crowd favorite that brings out the food and wine and many more artist- members to meet the public. The entire town opens its doors after-hours, from 5-8pm and live music in the galleries often contributes to the “Saturday Night in the City” party atmosphere.
The monthly Art Walk at the Jerome Coop also serves to highlight new items recently introduced by artist-members. Fashion designer, Susan Brackell- whose colorful fabric water bottle carriers are always a popular item, has a new line of Wine Totes- perfect carriers for a full bottle of Pinot Grigio to accompany all those healthy lettuce wraps on a summer creekside picnic.
Watercolor artist Judy Jaaskeleinen has created a new collection of decorative pillows which highlight her love for and interest in the role of historic women- a perfect and completely unique gift for all genders of friends.
Join us for First Saturday Art Walk on July 2nd from 5-8pm at The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, 502 Main Street in the historic Hotel Jerome.
The gallery is open daily, 10 am – 6pm  For info: (928) 639-4276

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“Celebrate with us!”

The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery kicks off its 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 7th, during Jerome’s First Saturday Art walk, from 5-8 pm. 
In 1996, a small group of local artists dreamed of having a place of their own to showcase their work. Through the concerted efforts of local artists and local business supporters, their dream quickly became a reality when the town of Jerome offered the newly forming Co-op, the ground floor of the historic Hotel Jerome as their storefront. The Co-op has been a resident tenant ever since; growing, expanding, and sharing colorful local art with the Jerome community and its visitors for the past 20 years.
Victoria Norton celebrates her own personal journey as a long-time member of the Jerome Co-op with her new tryptic in clay, entitled, “Abstract Celebration.”  Ms. Norton’s intention to stretch her limits demonstrates what is possible for a Co-op member. Stretching and growing is encouraged in the Co-op environment so that artists are kept engaged, and patrons enthralled.
Marjorie Claus celebrates her membership in the Co-op as a batik artist by referencing her Indonesian roots where she first learned batik. She chose to depict a Balinese Barong, a mythological character, which symbolizes the Force for Good. Marjorie comments, “The Co-op has endured many struggles over the years. Our members are resilient, and the Force for Good at the Co-op always win out!”
Sid Freeman, calligrapher, celebrates her participation in the Co-op with, “Together,” from her new series of “narrative paintings.” In “Together” Ms. Freeman explores the notion that the words “he, she and we,” written calligraphy-style in a painting can visually express their meanings.  In “Together,” Ms. Freeman uses a mix of spirals and other symbols that represent the Co-op’s 20 year history of growth and change as our members have worked together to make the Co-op what it is today.
“Celebrate with us!” is a diverse showing of artwork from 35 members. A reception for the artists will be held May 7 (Art Walk) from 5-8pm. Entertainment will be provided by the notorious John Ziegler and Sally Stricker Duo, who incorporate into their performances a wide variety of influences that range from standard and contemporary folk and pop to more obscure cabaret and ethnic stylings.  “Celebrate with us!” will be a festive event you won’t want to miss!
“Celebrate with us!” runs May 7-June 29.
Open Daily 10am – 6pm.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 502 Main St.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Works by Rex Peters and Bernie Lopez

Bernie Lopez, Rex Peters: New Works
Both Bernie Lopez and Rex Peters are master craftsmen. Many people are drawn to the warmth and charm of the natural, local wood-turned works of Rex Peters, while Bernie Lopez’s fine acrylic paintings are startling when one realizes that these meticulous artworks on canvas are not photographs!
 “As an artist, I enjoy rendering Nature in a way that introduces the viewer to a different perspective of my subject.” –Bernie Lopez 
While growing up in Escondido, California, Lopez was drawn to the natural world around him.   At an early age he started sketching his observations of Nature and discovered his passion for art. In his 20’s, Lopez traveled the western United States absorbing the beautiful scenery he witnessed. Inspired by his journeys, Lopez began painting realistic landscapes modeled after the photographs he had captured during his travels. As his painting explorations continued, Lopez began to include abstract elements in his work. Ultimately, he invented a unique painting style that merges his interest in both abstract and realistic elements. In “New Works,” Lopez dazzles viewers with his precise depictions of natural forms.
 “I design my work with simple lines, often inspired by classic shapes, to display the natural beauty of each piece of wood.” –Rex Peters
Peters began his journey with fine woodworking in 1988. After much practice, he taught himself to turn a bowl. Now, he frequently chooses local woods, often earmarked for the burn pile, as his medium. In them, he sees potential as works of fine art.
Peters’ first step in turning a block of wood into a bowl or box is to cut, using a chain saw and then a band saw, a chunk of wood the approximate size of his envisioned project. Peters then gradually changes the block of wood into a pleasing, refined shape. During each step Peters follows his intuition in response to the wood’s natural beauty. Besides being functional, his turned bowls and boxes are meant to give both visual and tactile pleasure to the viewer. His works highlight the natural grain, the color, and the textures inherent within each rough- cut piece of wood. Some of Peters’ works receive a decorative edge of inlaid turquoise; others display turquoise inlaid symbols; yet others are embellished with hand-twisted inlaid copper wire. All pieces receive a fine sanding and light rub of food safe walnut oil to further enhance and finish the piece.
Perhaps both of these fine craftsmen are motivated by the desire to share their unique artistic visions. “New Works” runs March 4-April 27, with an Art Walk reception for the artists on March 5 from 5-8pm. Refreshments will be served.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery            502 Main St.        928-639-4276