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 To create it, Sid combined calligraphy, color, and historical references and symbols to achieve a masterful piece of artistic calligraphy.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

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