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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jerome Co-op Summer Membership Show “Celebrating Hotel Jerome: 100 Years”


The old Hotel Jerome is King of the hill- Cleopatra Hill, that is. The venerated, iconic showplace built in 1917 (with indoor bathrooms!) still sits firmly planted on its solid foundation – the first building in the USA to be constructed of poured concrete. The views from its top floors include the nearby foothills where the exact geographic center of the state of Arizona is located.
On the ground floor of the Hotel Jerome, visitors will find the juried displays of 35 local member/artists of the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery who are responsible for all aspects of the gallery business. The artists will be celebrating their own longevity as a co-op (21 years) as well as “Celebrating Hotel Jerome: 100 Years.” The show opens on July 1st in conjunction with Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk from 5-8 pm. The show runs thru July 26.
The dream of creating a cooperative art gallery in Jerome took flight in February of 1996 when a space in the Hotel Jerome- which is owned by the town of Jerome- became available. Four months later, with the able help of a local accountant named Norrie Benjamin, a group of 20 dedicated people, of which only 12 of them were actual displaying artists, agreed to become partners in the new endeavor of starting a Co-op, by each putting $100 into the till to get it started.
Documents were signed, and in the words of one of the local founding members, Anne Bassett, “with a great deal of courage… a lot of curiosity and community support,” an official working cooperative gallery was born. Three founding members who are still in the gallery are Rex Peters (manager), Jim Rome and Brice Wood.
Please join the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery in “Celebrating Hotel Jerome:100 Years,” on Saturday, July 1st from 5-8 pm in the Hotel Jerome, 502 Main Street, Jerome, Arizona. Refreshments will be served.
Save the date: a “RAISE the ROOF” event will be hosted by the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery on Saturday, July 29th from 5-8 pm to raise funds to replace the Hotel’s roof. The main event will be a Silent Auction of artwork donated by local artists. In addition, items donated by local businesses will be raffled off throughout the evening. Come early to place bids on your favorite items. Come for a fun evening with friends and community members, and leave knowing that your support is helping to preserve a Jerome landmark. Entertainment will be provided by the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra and refreshments will be served.
Saturday, July 29 from 5-8 pm.  See you there!
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sarah Harms, “Going off on Tangents,” Runs thru June 28th!

Going off on Tangents
Sarah Harms has been a metalsmith, making jewelry for over 30 years. In Harms’ first solo show at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, Harms introduces new jewelry pieces and new forged steel works that are both functional and decorative. Felted wool and photographs printed on aluminum will be incorporated into some of her steel works in new ways.  Additionally, Sarah has been exploring pottery-making, so her clay pieces may make their debut as well.
Sarah has taken previously developed ideas and pushed them to new levels. By pushing the boundaries of her work in this way, she has come up with a broad range of new work. For example, she has taken some of her symbolic elements, that she generally uses in her jewelry, like hearts and spirals, and redesigned them as functional items like forged steel hooks and hangers. This is a direct result of Harms deciding to not stick with a plan for this show, but rather, allow her creativity to take her where it wanted to go, and go off on tangents. “This way,” Sarah confesses, “I had no idea how the show was gonna end up, and I love that!”
The uncertainty of outcome is what makes this show exciting. And, by allowing her creativity to guide her, Sarah has indeed pushed the boundaries of her previous work into new directions. All the pieces in this show were developed because of Harms’ skill and dedication to her craft, and her desire to ‘go beyond’ and explore tangents. 
Since the show is being held in the Historic Hotel Jerome, which is 100 years old this year, Sarah thought it would be fitting to price many of her items under $100, to celebrate event.
Sarah Harms, “Going off on Tangents,” opens on Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk on May 6 from 5-8 pm. Refreshments and snacks will be served. The show runs May 6-June 27.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery        502 N. Main St.              928-639-4276          

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sewing with Suzen: 50 Joyful Years

Exhibition Opens at Jerome Artists Co-op
In the final scene of Gone with the Wind, the besieged heroine, Scarlett O’Hara rips the lush green velvet curtains from the drawing room windows of her beloved Tara, and (with the help of her faithful maid), creates a dress “fit for a queen.” For Jerome Artist Co-op fashion designer, Suzen Brackell, her favorite film moment was a motivating factor in what has turned into an amazing, productive 50 year long career as a seamstress and free-wheeling designer of a unique line of ”Wearable Art for the Ageless Goddess.” She, fellow Jerome Artists Co-op members and popular, toe-tappin’ local music group, Christy and Friends will ‘joyously’ host the March 4th Art walk and opening night of her 2 month exhibition.
Like many who first became acquainted with a needle and thread in early school years, Suzen was introduced to her first sewing machine in her hometown of Windsor, Ontario in the 7th grade; she put her foot to the peddle, set the flywheel spinning and never looked back! At a young age, she was asked by her friends and family who greatly admired her clothing- to sew for them, but to their great disappointment, she would reply, “My clothes are just for me!” The seamstress continued to develop, design and hone her craft until after her daughters were born, and only then did she decide it was time to share her gift with the world.
Suzen describes herself as a “cloth artist,” a fabric sculptress who carves and shapes unique designs from material that is fun and easy care, wrinkle-free and always pre-shrunk to hold its form. The tops, dresses, jackets and scarves are a blend of chic and whimsy- casually elegant and subtly sensual. She playfully enhance her pieces with tiny loops of stitched thread, intentionally frayed edges, and carefully tied lengths of sculpted cloth strips. Her wearable art ‘one size fits most’ garments can be found in every color of the fabric palette- including rare vintage finds, and while she often uses natural fibers, she confesses, “The fabric content is not as important as the comfort, feel and flow of the fabric itself.”
Suzen specializes in custom work that is individually personalized “Just For You” and will guarantee a perfect fit. She is celebrating opening night of her “50 Joyful Years” with a Special $50 sale on many of her normally higher priced items, and will be available to answer questions and take names for custom orders.
First Saturday Art Walk and opening night festivities: March 4th from 5-8pm in the old Jerome Hotel, 502 Main Street, Jerome, AZ 86331    Open Daily 10-6
Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery (928) 639-4276