Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Skies The Limit”
Featured Artists’ Show: Sarah Harms and Wanda Wood
Vibrant colorful snapshots of Arizona monsoon skies have stimulated the creative juices of two talented artists at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. Not only have these two artists, Wanda Wood and Sarah Harms, paired up to present a full range of new works in their individual media, they have paired up to jointly create  new works. Some collaborative works involved both artists working together on the same artwork, while others evolved from a mutual “skies-inspired” snapshot in which each artist interpreted the mutual image in her own unique style.
Snapshots of brilliantly colored skies and other images taken by Harms during her morning dog walks along the Verde River have inspired Harms to incorporate “skies” and other images into her jewelry and felted wall art pieces. Harms has printed the images on aluminum and has used many of the same metalsmithing techniques in her new pieces that she is already using in her line of jewelry. This has prompted Harms to refer to her new pieces as ‘Wall Jewelry.’ Harms states that “Getting ready for this show has really prompted me to push my creative envelope.”
Wanda Wood has also taken advantage of the featured artist show by including many other techniques besides painting. Her new works use diverse items such as geodes, pine needles, Irish waxed linen thread baskets, and gourds. She loves creating art with unorthodox materials.
“Skies The Limit” is certainly without limits.
“Skies The Limit” runs Oct. 4 - Dec.4.
Opening night: Art Walk, Saturday, Oct.4th will include snacks and refreshments.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“Micro to Macro” Featured artist: Mark Lucas

Mark Lucas grew up around art. As far back as he can remember, his mother, also an artist, encouraged him to create. In fact, his mom relates that as a baby Mark would rather sculpt his food than eat it. He continues sculpting today—with glass!
Lucas began working with glass when he was 18. “The medium seemed interesting and challenging,” Lucas recalls. Lucas doesn’t stop with glass, although that is his primary medium sold at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. He has worked in many media including ceramics, pencil, ink, collage, silversmithing, stenciling and welding. His show “Micro to Macro” reflects his interests in glass, stencil work and sculpture.
Lucas was born in New Orleans, grew up in New York and Idaho, and moved to Prescott at the age of 16. After Lucas committed his life to art, his success grew. Eventually, he was able to move from Prescott to Jerome, and there, over the past 8 years, Lucas has built an art business that reflects his dedication to his work. Just this past year, he opened his own gallery in Jerome.
Regarding his new works, Lucas states, “Most of my new sculptures are based on biological forms like radiolarians, molds, and cells which I alter, evolve, and combine to create new forms.” Some of his glass sculptures can take over 100 hours to complete, being slowly built up using glass rods. All of his glass work is lampwork, in which the artist uses a torch.
Pieces created using stencils on wood is another form of expression that Lucas will be showing. These pieces are sure to engage the viewer with a “black on black” concept. Lucas states, “By using black on black, it brings people into the piece, as it is the interaction with the light that you see that is intriguing.”

Micro to Macro runs August 1 to September 25.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery
“Calizona--Where I Live” in Jerome!

With thirty-three members at the Jerome Artist's Cooperative Gallery, your senses will
be thrilled on your next visit. You'll find an array of unique items for your home, gifts, or
personal adornment created by talented local artists. From pottery, jewelry and clothing
to photography, mixed media and fine art, the Gallery is home to local works of art of all
Every two months our Featured Artist Room rotates it's display to host a unique show
featuring one of our member's latest creations. Our next show, entitled “Calizona—
Where I Live” opens Saturday, May 3, from 5-8 PM. You'll have an opportunity to
witness the talent, technique and humor of photographer Mark Foltz.
A transplant from Akron, Ohio to the Verde Valley in 2003, and with connections
through graphic design in California, Mark's sense of humor shines through. Mark
recalls the “Jollywood” idea came to him while driving to Jerome one afternoon for his
work-shift at the Co-op. Mark noticed that the Jerome mountains reminded him of the
Hollywood hills. As he drove closer, he saw the big white “J” etched on the Jerome
mountain (in real life). Next thing you know, he imagined “Jollywood” written there in
big, bold letters above the town and laughed out loud! “Jerome is indeed 'Jolly,!' he
laughed! “A lot of the pieces in my show were born that way,” Mark recalls. Mark's
flexible mind and imagination allow disparate elements to recombine in new ways.
You're in for a treat when you gift yourself a trip to Jerome this May or June to visit
“Calizona—Where I Live.”
“Calizona—Where I Live” runs May 3rd through July 2nd.
The Jerome Co-op Gallery is open daily from 10 AM-6 PM.
502 North Main Street, Jerome. 928-639-4276.