Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jerome Artist Holiday Show 2015

At the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery we are blessed to be artists doing that which we love. Doing what we love fosters within us feelings of gratefulness and joyfulness.  At the Jerome Co-op you’ll meet the artists themselves when you visit the Gallery.  With thirty-five members, you’ll meet interesting people and see the variety of works they create. You’ll also have options for choosing unique handmade gifts for your friends and family members this Holiday Season.
For example, Jerome resident and mosaic artist Janet Farwell has created a unique version of her mosaic pendants which are referred to as eggshell mosaics. The eggshell mosaics are embellished with alcohol ink, copper wire and copper BB’s.
Batik and mixed media artist, Marjorie Claus, likes to celebrate the holidays with unique and colorful fabrics. Her holiday table runners and silk scarves are individually hand dyed, colorful and festive. Her framed holiday batiks also acknowledge the season.
There will be a unique display of Christmas cards, Christmas ornaments, and holiday items that aren’t usually sold in the Co-op during the rest of the year. Since the Holiday Show is an opportunity for members to display and sell items that are not in their general line of works offered at the Co-op, it’s fun to see what everyone comes up with.
All of the artworks at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery are hand made by local artists who live within the region. The Co-op is open every day of the year except on Christmas Day. For our visitors, this means they are guaranteed to meet the artists themselves when they visit and shop at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.
2015 “Holiday Show” runs from Dec. 4- Dec. 30, 10 AM – 6 PM Daily.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery          502 N. Main St.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Art of Chess and Other Things by Jim Todd

The Art of Chess and Other Things
“My father taught me both how to play chess and how to paint. At the time I didn’t know that these two activities would combine to make up a significant part of my life as an artist.”
Jim Todd began oil painting at the age of 10, under the tutelage of his father. He would often compose still lives using toys and household objects discovered in his family’s home. In 1989, while sorting through a box of childhood memorabilia, he uncovered an old plastic Renaissance-style chess set: One that he and his father used to play chess on! This enlivened Todd’s imagination as he envisioned a series of surrealistic paintings using the game of chess as a way of expressing his unique vision of the world.
Trompe l’oeil is a type of painting that creates realistic illusions of three-dimensional objects and space on flat surfaces, such as walls, ceilings, or on an artist’s canvas. The French term literally translates as “fool the eye.” Todd’s paintings are characterized by visual jokes that create tensions in the viewer’s mind between what is real and what is illusory. The Trompe l’oeil tradition became highly refined during the Renaissance period. Ironically, it was the Renaissance-style chess set from Todd’s childhood which prompted his very successful series of chess paintings. His chess series comprises some of his most successful and popular paintings, two of which were featured on the cover of “Chess Life” magazine (May, 1996). Todd feels his customers are drawn to the imaginative elements in his paintings. For example, a work may be intricately and realistically rendered, yet the situation or setting of the piece comes as a surprise to the viewer as the elements or settings seem incongruous to what the logical mind might expect. This intrigues viewers and causes them to spend more time examining the details of his work in order to resolve in their own minds what the work represents. This ability of Todd’s to “fool the eye” firmly establishes him in the Trompe l’oeil tradition.
Jim Todd’s original oil paintings have been exhibited in dozens of shows throughout the United States, and have received more than fifty awards. Todd was chosen as one of the top 100 artists for Arts in the Park’s National Art Contest, and, in 1992, he received the Artist of the Year Award bestowed by the greater St. Louis Art Association.
In addition to his popular chess series, Todd’s still life paintings have also won several Best-of-Show awards at regional art shows throughout the mid-west. Because of Todd’s skill in rendering a variety of subjects using the Trompe l’oeil tradition, delighted viewers always feel they can reach into his paintings and grasp the objects!
Todd believes that his paintings have the ability to challenge the skills and imaginations of children and adults alike. Todd reflects, “I hope that viewing my work will encourage others to explore their own imaginations. Perhaps my work will help them expand their abilities and perceptions while playing games such as chess or other games of skills. Perhaps my work will expand their own artistic endeavors, or perhaps it will simply expand how they view the world, perhaps more playfully or more creatively.” Imaginations are sure to be stirred when viewing the paintings of Jim Todd in his one-man show, “The Art of Chess and Other Things.” Please join us!
Reception for the artist: Jerome Art Walk, Sat. Oct.3, from 5-8 pm. Refreshments will be served.
“The Art of Chess and Other Things” runs Oct.2- Dec.2.

Monday, August 10, 2015


The Jerome Artists Coop Opens 
3-Woman Art Expo,  
on Aug 1st

To Scatter: throw or spread loosely over wide area; to send off, to disperse in different directions.
For one trio of Jerome Cooperative Gallery members- Watercolor/Mixed Media artist, Judy Jaaskelainen, Glass Fusion artist, Isabel Mathieson and Traditional Batik artist, Judy Yescalis, the term ‘scattered’ aptly describes much of their creative lives from beginning to end… from idea to production of finished art.  
On Saturday, August 1 from 5-8pm, the public is invited to enjoy opening night of the 8 week exposition, SCATTERED, at the Jerome Artists Cooperative. The expo will feature jewelry and functional glassware, both framed and ready-to frame wall art and cards as well as a delightful adventure in Collaborative Art. Food and wine will be available and Clarkdale favorite, jazz pianist, Janice Paul who is known for her personalized jazz stylings will provide the entertainment.
Judy Jaaskelainen resides in northern Arizona and is an award winning, juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society. Her other memberships include the Arizona Watercolor Association which has also recognized her work, Watercolor West and the National Watercolor Society. Judy is also a long time member of the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery and is a gallery favorite.
While she is primarily known for her watercolors, Judy has also enjoyed experimenting with new techniques that she has learned over the years, primarily from her friend and mentor, Patty Mikles. Her current works include watercolors, mixed media, acrylics, and collage. A quick glance at a very long list of ongoing ‘Series’ in the Jaaskelainen portfolio reveals her sense of humor, a penchant for political activism and a very ‘scattered’ approach to choosing subject matter: Hands and Feet, Cactus, Booze and Tattoos and Women: toddlers to crones are evidence that her art and her personality are well worth the drive up Jerome hill.
Like many other artists, Isabel Mathieson ‘scattered’ her creative attention for many years while sampling a variety of media, but in the end her heart was won by the “amazing, always challenging process” of Kiln-formed Glass. In an early Stained Glass class, she was introduced to the intriguing process of glass fusing, and what followed was a nine year immersion in classes and workshops from coast to coast- Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Florida. Isabel continues to attend classes in Las Vegas and has been an active member of the Jerome Cooperative for 6 years.
Isabel is quick to point out that the process of creating in glass is more complex than most people realize. A piece of functional kiln-formed glass art, for instance, requires two or more firings; the more intricate the design, the more specialized each firing becomes.
“It is rather exciting to open a kiln to see if your vision materialized; it feels like Christmas morning when you open that gift you have been waiting for. If it meets your expectation, you are delighted. If it doesn’t, re-purpose the piece. If it is a total failure, it’s back to the drawing board!”
Her collection for the SCATTERED exposition will include jewelry and functional art pieces- plates, platters, candy dishes, business card holders, crosses, and “whatever strikes my interest.”
Friends and colleagues of Judy Yescalis will agree that the term ‘scattered’ appropriately describes this energetic, always-on-the-go Batik artist who is currently living a double life in two states and two cooperative art galleries. More of a hobbyist than a professional, the former high school language teacher never pursued formal training as an artist, though she has taught Batik at Yavapai College, won a variety of awards for her traditionally waxed and dyed batiks in various shows in Arizona and supported her music and travel passions with her art sales.
The traditional Batik process that Judy uses is a complex and extremely time-consuming undertaking that requires a large studio space, much patience and a work station to facilitate each of the major  steps in the procedure: -freehand sketching of design on fabric (from personal sketches or photo), application of wax to fabric design on stretcher bars, dipping fabric in cold water dye baths and -after many repetitions of waxing, dipping, rinsing and drying- the final step of removing all wax from finished batik with a hot iron.
Due to prolonged family commitments in California, much of Judy’s in-studio art production time has been greatly reduced recently, but she is currently working full steam ahead to complete an old dream to create new batiks from her years spent at the University in France and teaching in northern Spain- a dream that remains clear in her mind’s eye, thanks to her European photo and sketch books. Judy Y’s  Jerome  display will also include giclee prints on canvas and unframed work.  
All three artists will be available on opening night to answer questions, explain processes and share artistic insights.