Thursday, March 28, 2019

“One Artist’s Journey”

"One Artist's Journey with Marjorie Claus" continues at the Jerome Artists' Cooperative Gallery as Marjorie demonstrates her process of creating colorful contemporary batik paintings on fabric. Batik is a process that uses hot wax as a resist to dyes on fabric. In 2009 UNESCO awarded Indonesia the "Intangible cultural heritage" award as batik cloth and patterns permeate every aspect of Indonesia lifestyle. Marjorie traveled, lived and worked in Indonesia and Singapore from 1974-1982, which formed the basis of her broad experience with batik. Please join Marjorie for a demonstration of batik, and a reception for the artist on Jerome's First Saturday Art walk, May 4, from 5-8pm. Refreshments will be served. The show runs till May 29. OPEN DAILY 10AM - 6PM.  

The art of contemporary batik and mixed media collage works are featured at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery in a presentation entitled, “One Artist’s Journey.” Marjorie Claus describes in words and pictures how an overland trip to Nepal in the 1970’s and a 7-year period of living and working in Indonesia and Singapore from 1974-1982 influenced her life and her art. There will be a reception for the artist during Jerome’s First Saturday art walk on April 6 from 5-8 pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.
Marjorie recalls how leaving her job as a book designer with Macmillan Publishing Company in 1971 in favor of traveling the world, launched her awareness of foreign people, countries and cultures. She traveled three months in Europe and Morocco before she describes how she and her sister were relaxing on a beach in Greece when they were invited by two travelers to join them on their overland trip to Nepal. Marjorie says, “What sounded like a dream, became a dream after it was over! It was a tough journey in the 70’s traveling from Istanbul through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal using trains, buses, trucks, jeeps, hitchhiking and flying in areas where were no roads.” She continues, “In some countries ‘the road’ was nothing more than an arrow pointing in the general direction of the way to go. Just getting to Nepal from Istanbul took 9 months of hot, rugged travel.”
The Indonesian aspect of her journey began in 1974, after working at Macmillan Publishing Company for the second time before flying from California to Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Bangkok and then winding “overland” through Thailand, Malaysia and eventually arriving in Indonesia. She studied batik in Jogyakarta and then set out to explore as much of the Indonesian archipelago as she could before her visa extensions were up. In Singapore, Marjorie procured an art teaching position at the Singapore American school for 4 years, and designed batik art and textiles for 3 years at the Merlion Batik Factory.  
These experiences, clearly, were the most influential events of her life. Her interest in batik started during her college days at East Carolina University where she graduated with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art degree) in printmaking and painting in 1969.  She viewed batik as a colorful form of printmaking with vibrant colors and patterns; indeed, in the 60’s, batik was very colorful! Batik is an ancient process that uses resists (hot wax) and dyes (vegetable or chemical) on fabric to create color and patterns on cloth. Primitive hand tools were used to apply wax and both dipping into dyebaths and painting directly onto fabrics were the processes used to apply color. “It was quite a complex process,” Marjorie states, “for a ‘primitive’ artform.” As Marjorie mentioned, batik is probably the oldest form of applying color and patterns to cloth, and it was used in countries all over the world. Indonesia is the country that received the UNESCO award for batik as a living artform: an “Intangible cultural heritage.” Marjorie’s interest in batik has survived in her 50-year career in art.
Once the computer came into Marjorie’s life, she saw the potential of using it as a design and drawing/painting platform. She uses Photoshop to develop compositions and designs for papers she uses in her collage work. In the exhibit, there are several examples of both digital and actual collage paintings. “Collage” is an artform using paint, paper and glue to assemble an artwork by using compatible or disparate elements to create a work of art. This has now become Marjorie’s favorite medium for working. Because she can bring together all her interests in printmaking, painting, batik, and collage into a single painting, she calls this process “mixed media.” This has opened the door to how Marjorie incorporates her passion for art and travel into one painting.
Reception for the artist, April 6 from 5-8 pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 502 Main Street, Jerome. Refreshments will be served. The show runs thru May 29. OPEN DAILY. 10AM – 6PM. 928-639-4276.
The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is comprised of 35 local member-artists who work in a wide variety of media. To become a member, please stop by the gallery at 502 Main Street, or download an application at


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

“Rocks, Hearts, Bugs & Other Things”

Multi-media artist Florence Flynn and Photographer Mike Koopsen share the spotlight in the Featured Artist Room at the Jerome Artist’s Cooperative Gallery with a reception for the artists from 5-8 PM during Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk on Feb. 2.
In her own words, Flynn describes how art has been a major part of her life since childhood: “Inspiration came in the form of a father and mother who taught me how to observe and appreciate that which surrounds us on a farm back in Nebraska. And a grandma who would teach us young how to draw and blend those old paint by number sets.”

She continues, “Way back in Junior High I was part of a group that painted sections of a mural/fence that surrounded the John F. Kennedy Center while it was being built. A trade of a snare drum for a 35mm camera- opened up whole new avenue in the art realm as well. Highschool consisted of art classes, arch painting for football and basketball games, mural painting for proms, and seasonal painting of windows at the local mall. I continued along my path getting a BFA, Teacher Endorsement and then a Master of Art Education. Many hats have been on this head all intermingling with the Arts: being an owner and operator of an art supply store, a photography business, art instructor for summer art camps in home town, and at the local art museum, mural painting with my sister, art instructor for elementary, college and high school over the years and art fairs while raising a family and working a farm with my late husband.”

Describing more fulling where she gets her inspiration, she states, “My work is basically connected to what is going on in my life at the moment:  I have gone through series of work consisting of: Farm life, raising children, family, swimming pool life/guard days, teaching days, vacation times, dreams, meditations, energy work and all the other everyday connections that cross our paths.  A lot of time the title, the story, the composition and the colors are given to me in a dream or meditative state if not documented in the awakened moments.”

Flynn has participated in Art Shows and Fairs since the early 1970’s. “I am grateful that I can soak in all the beauty of this universe and that I am able to share my creations with others.  I hope you can enjoy my work on a playful as well as a healing or a sense of peacefulness or inquiry level.”
Mike Koopsen has always been passionate about the natural world and the beauty that surrounds us. It is one of the reasons he moved to Sedona. His desire to capture the spirit of the moment and preserve it for others to enjoy has never diminished. Mike began taking photographs more than 25 years ago when he experimented with black and white film to capture images of favorite horses. Success in that initial venture sparked a passion for wildlife, landscape, and cultural photography that resulted in many wonderful journeys across almost every continent and through almost 70 countries. Some of the most thrilling adventures have occurred here in the American Southwest.

During these many journeys, Mike spent time in places where very few people ever venture. It is in these places where he experiences a deep sense of awe, excitement, and inspiration which he tries to capture and share for others to enjoy. Seeking out the awesome beauty of nature brings with it the adventure of exploration and the wonder of seeing things in a special light. Mike’s award-winning images have been published in books and magazines, as well as newspapers, and have been used in many brochures, videos, and web sites.

Mike hopes his images will inspire others to seek out a richer, more personal connection with nature, and increase everyone’s awareness of the fragile and precious nature of our environment and the need to protect it so future generations can enjoy the wonder he has been blessed to experience.

A reception for Florence and Mike will take place on Sat, Feb 2 from 5-8pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. Refreshments will be served. The show runs thru April 3. OPEN DAILY. 10AM – 6 PM. 928-639-4276
The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is comprised of 35 local member-artists who work in a wide variety of media. To become a member, please stop by the gallery at 502 Main Street, or download an application at
 Flo Flynn

 Mike Koopsen

Monday, December 31, 2018

Celebrate 2019

“Celebrate 2019 at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery!”

New Work by members is the featured show in celebration of the New Year on Saturday, January 5 from 5-8pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery during Jerome’s First Saturday art walk. Local member-artists bring a variety of talent to the show. With 35 members, the various mediums include: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber, mixed media, mosaic, stained glass, sculpture, wood, clay, and concrete to name a few. This diversity is what makes a visit to the Jerome Co-op so unique.
Jewelry by Sarah Foster reflects her childhood days growing up in Sedona and her visits to the Navajo and Hopi reservations nearby. Her jewelry, eclectic and original in style, draws from these early influences of mixed cultures.
In her mixed media sewing art, Joy Herhold creates a whimsical piece using hand-made paper, printmaking techniques and satin stitches using her sewing machine. “I see the patterns of the threads expressing themselves and offering to read like the tempo of brushstrokes dancing across the surface of my images,” Herhold shares. “Coming from a background in weaving, I understand the energy of compressed threads in a woven piece, and in my work, I see their colorful designs and patterns taking on a life of their own!”
Flo Flynn was inspired by vivid childhood memories of playing in the shelter belts which are several rows of cedar and cottonwood trees planted together to block the wind. Flynn recall, “The trees seemed to become wonderful spirits that I shared time with. I enjoyed laying on fallen trunks in the winter sun observing the different layers of age among the fallen bark of the trees. It was my own world of peace and resurge of energies.”
A new calligraphy watercolor painting by Sid Freeman is all about music. The painting celebrates the seven elements of music: harmony, melody, form, texture, timbre, rhythm, and dynamics, while being described by the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, form, harmony, and balance. It’s a complex interplay of language, harmony, beauty and design that Freeman creates in her art.
Jim Todd, a Co-op member oil painter, refers to his interest in wood working as a hobby. Todd builds cabinets, frames, and boxes from local hardwoods.
Mark Foltz, an “out of the box” photographer, shows off another side of his talent with a creative abstracted view of Jerome.
An artists’ reception will take place on January 5th, Jerome’s First Saturday art walk, from 5-8 pm. Refreshments will be served. The show runs thru January 30, 2019.  OPEN DAILY 10AM – 6PM.     928-639-4276
The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is comprised of 35 local member-artists who work in a wide variety of media. To become a member, please stop by the gallery at 502 Main Street, or download an application at        
Sarah Foster

Mark Foltz

Jim Todd
Sid Freeman
Flo Flynn