Sunday, October 1, 2017

Seeing the Unseen - Birgitta Lapides Featured Artist

“Seeing the Unseen: New Paintings from Birgitta Lapides”
Best known, perhaps, for her colorful landscape collages, Cottonwood artist Birgitta Lapides is also widely recognized as a painter of stunning abstract canvases of enduring power. “Seeing the Unseen: New Paintings from Birgitta Lapides,” a solo exhibition of new work, opens on October 7 from 5-8 p.m. at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, during Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk.
Combining a deft eye for color and an unusual aptitude for creating ever-new approaches to composition, Lapides’ new work displays a seemingly inexhaustible fund of novel ideas and colors that hint at early modernists painters such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. “Indeed,” Lapides acknowledges, “both masterful artists have had an influence on my work.”
“My background as a weaver and textile clothing designer,” Birgitta recalls, “also had an early influence on my current approach to painting. I lived for many years in an old coastal town in southern France, where I produced and sold my original designs of hand-woven and hand-painted garments from my shop in an old historic building. The brilliant colors of the near-by sea, the beauty of the sky and the deep tones of the earth along the Mediterranean entered indelibly into my creative imagination,” she confides. “This background lives unconsciously in my contemporary paintings.”  
Lapides first learned weaving as a young woman in her homeland of Sweden. Later, she attended the prestigious L’Ecôle Superieur D’Architecture et L’Art Appliqué in Brussels. After that, she transferred to Pratt Institute in New York City where she received a degree in textile design. Even later, in France, she studied painting at the Ecôle des Beaux-Arts in Cannes.
Currently, Birgitta Lapides lives with her husband in Cottonwood, and has been a resident of the Verde Valley since 1996. She shows her work at the Sedona Arts Center, at Eisenart Innovations in Tiaquepaque, and at Zen Mountain Gallery in Jerome. Additionally, Lapides has been a member of the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery since January 1997, and currently shows her hand-made ear rings, hand-woven jackets and vests, as well as her paintings at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.
When asked to comment on the title of her show, “Seeing the Unseen: New Paintings from Birgitta Lapides,” she explained, “When I’m painting my landscape collages, I am creating an image that is in part drawn from my imagination, and in part drawn from my experience of living in Arizona; therefore, the result is seeing something that is both familiar and imaginative at the same time—it is seeing the familiar differently. My abstract paintings, on the other hand, are completely drawn from my imagination—meaning, they are the result of a visualization process that does not begin in the visible world—they really begin in my imagination; therefore, I’m seeing the unseen.”
“I see myself as an intuitive, experimental painter. I don’t want to know ahead how the painting will look when it is finished, because, for me, painting is a journey, a discovery, and that is what makes the process of painting so interesting to me.”
“Seeing the Unseen: New Paintings from Birgitta Lapides” opens Saturday, October 7, with a reception for the artist from 5-8 pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. Refreshments will be served.   
The show runs thru November 29.

The artist’s website:
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery    502 N. Main Street in the old Hotel Jerome
Open Daily 10-6    928-639-4276

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.