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



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery’s Holiday Show

The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery celebrates its 22nd Annual Holiday Show during Jerome’s First Saturday art walk on Dec 1 from 5-8 pm at the historic Hotel Jerome, home to the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.
Arriving in Jerome by car, one feels a gradual slip from the fast pace of life below the mountain to a feeling of timelessness as one parks the car and begins a tour through history. In “Yesteryear,” photographer Mark Foltz shares, “What struck me about this scene was that the only element in the photo that places it in time is a 1957 Ford Fairlane.” Foltz wonders, “Could this photo have been taken then? Maybe; I did have a camera when I was eight years old, but I didn’t know about Jerome then! ‘Leaping Kelp’ is a different look at Carmel beach,” Foltz continues, “The waves must have washed the kelp into this shape. I thought it looked like a jumping fish! Me and my flexible mind…”
About her work V. Norton points out, “This ceramic goddess is part of my ‘spirit’ series. She represents the full female form, standing 16” tall. Made of smooth, burnished porcelain clay, her curves are generous. During the holidays I think we all like to be in a giving spirit, and Ceramic Goddess does so with her female fecundity.”
Marjorie Claus straddles the worlds of spirit and form. She states that the emphasis in her recent work is on “abstracting the figure.” However, she seems to work backwards in the sense that she paints intuitively before knowing what she will paint. “Apart from having a dim idea that it will be figurative,” she explains, “I simply start by applying paint to canvas. This allows for my expressive mark-making that probably would not happen if the painting had been completely pre-planned.” “Geisha with Red Flower,” she continues, “is an example. I was intuitively applying colors to my canvas when I looked at my paper paint palette and saw what reminded me of flowers on a woman’s hat! I proceeded then to create a figure on my canvas with that idea in mind. The ‘geisha’ idea emerged from my experiences with world traveling where I was engrossed with foreign lands and cultures. Art is an interesting way to explore and express history in a contemporary world.
All these imaginative artworks and much more will be available at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery’s 22nd Annual Holiday Show with a reception for the artists during Jerome’s First Saturday art walk on Dec 1 from 5-8pm. Snacks and refreshments will be served. The show runs through Jan 4th.
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is comprised of 35 member-artists who work in a wide variety of media. To become a member, please stop by the gallery, or download an application from our website at click on the Membership link.
email for details.   OPEN DAILY 10AM – 6PM
Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery   502 Main Street   928-639-4276
V. Norton

M. Claus

M. Foltz
M. Foltz


Thursday, October 4, 2018


“Spirits,” opens at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Oct 6
Sally Davidson and V. Norton present new work in their two person show entitled, “Spirits” at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery which kicks off with a reception for the artists during Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk on October 6 from 5-8 pm.
Sally Davidson creates original artworks in clay, makes a mold from them, and then casts a small series of around eight pieces in paper mache where each in the series is slightly different from each other due to her handmade process.
“My work depicts the spirits which we might see in the natural world if we are lucky,” Ms. Davidson exclaims, “because every living plant and animal is essentially a spirit manifesting in form.”
“I love creating spirals that represent the energy of different types of animals.” Ms. Davidson continues, “Some of the spirals are symbolic of creatures of the sea or sky, such as dolphins or flying geese, while other spirals depict the energy of some of our most well-known land animals such as cows, pigs, dogs, cats and horses. Because of the variety of animals and creatures Ms. Davidson offers in these spirals, she states that different people will resonate with different creatures’ energy. Ms. Davidson believes humans are spiritual beings on Earth having a physical experience. Thus, she states, life is meant to be enjoyed with beauty created and preserved. “The intricate natural world is a marvelous, precious enigma which must be protected for the joy and appreciation for future generations. Every living spirit,” Ms. Davidson continues, “whether it be human, tree or otherwise, has something to share with those who are receptive to their wisdom and knowledge.” Ms. Davidson feels her artwork is a success when viewers share their joy and delight from seeing her images. Her latest piece, “Hummingbird,” symbolizes “joy of life” and represents the tremendous stamina these tiny creatures exhibit. “Whenever I see a hummingbird,” Ms. Davidson comments, “I am reminded of the hummingbirds’ traits of exuberant joy and energy which is such an inspiring part of my life.”
“Spirits are everywhere!” quotes artist V. Norton as she began creating her new body of work for this show. “I have always liked the female form represented in both the abstract and the robust. Of course, my female forms must have jewels and some sort of horse ‘hairdos’ on each of them as they display their own individual spirits and sense of mystery.”
Although well known for her high fired porcelain bowls, Ms. Norton chose to create the forms for this show using low fired, earth toned colors where the firings themselves determine the eventual outcome of the colors and hues of each individual piece. “It is really art for art’s sake,” Ms. Norton explains, “and these are the kind of spirits you want to bring home with you!”  Ms. Norton continues to add new works to her ongoing “masks” series, because, after all, they are a part of her “Small Spirits” series, and they fit so nicely into the theme of this show.
Additionally, as a professional calligrapher, Ms. Norton will share calligraphy works that include some of her hand made books. Ms. Norton points out that, “To me, letterforms imbue another type of spirit: an artistic interpretation of the written word.”
All these diverse interpretations of “Spirits” will be celebrated with a reception for the artists on Oct 6 from 5-8 pm during Jerome’s first Saturday Art walk. Refreshments will be served at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. The show runs thru Nov 28. Open Daily 10-6.