The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery kicks off a solo exhibition of new work by Jerome based glass artist, Mark Galen Lucas, on May 5. A reception for the artist is from 5-8 pm during Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery on the ground floor of the historic Hotel Jerome.
The show’s title, “Delving: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass and More,” aptly describes Mark Galen Lucas’ approach to art as well as life. “When I start a project,” Lucas confides, “I tend to obsess and dive in, allowing it to totally encompass my mind and my time.” With such deep dives, it’s inevitable that both the light and the dark sides of life are likely to surface. Lucas feels it’s important to examine all areas of life to better understand who we truly are.
Mark Galen Lucas works mostly with a torch and borosilicate glass. He has been working in glass for eighteen years having started his career when he was eighteen years old. One astonishing feature about Lucas’ glass art is that his figures are full scale life-size works of art. In “Delving: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass and More,” you will witness an intense cobalt blue glass female form standing upright. This figure alone has taken Lucas over four months to complete. The show runs May 5 to July 4. The Jerome Co-op is open daily from 10-6.