Friday, May 10, 2024

Visual Dialog

 The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is excited to present, Visual Dialog,” a three-member show. An art walk reception will be held for the artists on Saturday, June1 from 4-7:30 pm at the Jerome Co-op Gallery, ground level, 502 N Main Street, Jerome. The show runs thru July 31.

Jo Agostinelli describes, “As artists, we use our skills to express things we feel, know, intuit. Exhibiting our work creates an interaction with the viewer. Their thoughts and interpretations may or may not be what the artist had in mind but are an important part of the Visual Dialog. When art elicits a reaction – be it an emotion, an opinion, or an insight, it creates a dialog between artist and viewer. The thoughts of the viewer are just as valid as the artist’s intentions, as all works of art can be appreciated on many different levels.”

Jo, originally from Connecticut, currently lives in Clarkdale, AZ, just south of Sedona in the beautiful Verde Valley. “The beauty and diversity of Arizona’s landscape and heritage have seeped into my work over the years,” Jo notes. “I’m inspired by nature regardless of what piece of the planet I am standing on!”


Jo’s pastels and oils have been exhibited throughout the country from Cape Cod to California. Her professional affiliations include membership in the Connecticut Pastel Society (signature member), the Pastel Society of America, and the Arizona Pastel Artists Association (signature member) and ‘Made in Clarkdale, her home-town art organization.

Corey Reese, also inspired by Arizona’s immense landscape, says, “Our local landscape is beyond breathtaking from our own frame of reference, but take that perspective 10-400 ft higher, and a whole new AMAZING viewpoint is revealed!” That is the point of view Aerial Drone Photographer, Corey Reese, is out to capture!

 “From a photographer’s standpoint,” Corey says, “think of a drone as a floating tripod. You can place the camera in ways that were once unimaginable; thus giving the subject of the photo a new immersive perspective.” Corey continues, “Landscapes can now have an almost surreal feel with a ‘Bird’s Eye’ line of sight. But the journey doesn’t end with the snap of a shutter button. To complete the story, my prints are available in many different sizes and varieties: From top quality metal prints to reclaimed barn wood hand-framed archival paper prints; each style portrays my work in a unique way.”

Thomas Hammond’s art journey began when he was in his teens. “Later, I was trained as a commercial artist with an emphasis on representational art, graphic design and calligraphy,” he states. “During those years some of my luminaries were Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish.

He continues, “As the years tumbled by, and my interest moved in the direction of Fine Art, I was impressed with and stirred by such superb artists as Richard Schmidt, Howard Terpning and William Mathews. Then about 30 years ago, I came to Phoenix to pick up a Design award. Later that week, on a friend’s recommendation, I visited Sedona. The landscape blew me away! Six years ago, my dream of living in and painting the scenic panorama of this area was a romance come true!”

“This show”, Thom continues, “has provided me with the opportunity to paint the stunning beauty of the Arizona landscape on a larger scale. I am entirely dedicated to representing Arizona in a way that other folks who have been smitten by living, hiking and traveling in this enchanted region, as I was, will find a Dialog, an emotional trigger and a firm connection to the peacefulness and drama of our surroundings.”

Surround yourselves with the art of three of Jerome Co-op’s landscape visionaries and welcome their perspectives into your homes and offices through their Visual Dialog. Jerome’s First Saturday Art & Wine Walk from 4 – 7:30 pm on June 1. Snacks and beverages are provided along with live music. Open to the public. Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery 502 N Main St, Jerome.

Currently accepting applications for members in all mediums.


Friday, April 5, 2024


Capturing the Night Sky with Bob Shuman

The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is excited to present a unique Featured Artist Show entitled, “Capturing the Night Sky with Bob Shuman.” An afternoon-evening reception for the artist will be held during Jerome’s First Saturday Art & Wine Walk on April 6 from 4 pm-7:30 pm at the Jerome Co-op, 502 N Main St in Jerome.

Astrophotography and landscape photography have risen in popularity in recent years thanks to the advances of digital camera sensors that have allowed photographers to capture impressive images of the night sky. In the Northern Hemisphere, the best time to photograph the Milky Way is from April to September. The nearest star to the Sun is about 4.4 light-years away, and many of the brightest stars in our sky are less than 100 light-years away. To add to that the Sun lies roughly 27,000 light-years away from the center of the galaxy, in a partially formed arm known as the Orion-Cygnus Arm, which itself lies about midway between the two main arms. This places us about midway between the center and the edge of the galaxy, in what might be considered the suburbs of the Milky Way.

On a clear, dark night, you may be able to see around 2,500 stars in the sky. Every one of those belongs to the Milky Way Galaxy. As each star is just one of billions in the Milky Way Galaxy, the Milky Way itself is just one of billions of galaxies in the universe. While this sounds as though the Milky Way is nothing special, it’s worth remembering that it’s also the city of stars in which we live--and we’ve barely managed to step outside our front door!

Come to the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery to join Bob Shuman in exploring his view of the Milky Way from remote areas in Arizona. Find out why curiosity is the driving force behind his photography. Bob states, “I am motivated by the desire to explore the unfamiliar and drawn toward understanding the underlying beauty and mystery of our planet.” That was his impetus to become a chemist, and now it guides his path as a landscape astrophotographer. Bob continues, “There is an indescribable, tangible sense of awe in those moments when I stand alone in front of a great landscape; a feeling of complete connection to our amazing planet, and an awareness of the fragile nature of our relationship with it.” After spending several fruitless nights in the remote areas of Navajo land, surrounded by deep gorges, Bob feels the fear of solitude in that alien place melt away as he watches the Milky Way rise above. Bob became ecstatic to be part of the magic, conversing with each of the stars. Bob describes it as, “I had the universe to myself in that moment!” 

Come share the moments, the mystery and the magic that Bob has captured within his images!

Jerome’s First Saturday Art & Wine Walk from 4 pm – 7:30 pm on April 6. Snacks and beverages are available along with live music. Open to the public. Free parking at the Old High School with a Shuttle Bus available.

Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery 502 N Main St, Jerome 928-639-4276

Currently accepting applications for membership in all mediums.

Monday, January 29, 2024

 “Connection through Perception”

with Marsha Foutz and Jamie Kivisto

The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery presents Jamie Kivisto and Marsha Foutz in their two-member Featured Artist show entitled, “Connection through Perception,” from Feb 3 – March 27 at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, 502 N Main St, Jerome. A reception for the artists will be held during Jerome’s First Saturday Art & Wine Walk on February 3 from 4 pm – 7:30 pm.

The show features paintings by Jamie Kivisto and ceramics by Marsha Foutz. Even though their mediums are different, both artists playfully comment on the human experience as a collective as well as include their personal outlooks and observations they themselves discover on their personal journeys.
Kivisto's paintings are primarily layers of acrylic paint intertwined with mixed media. She often uses a collage of text and patterns as well as spray paint in her initial layers to create a depth beyond her subject matter. It is within these layers that a story unfolds. Kivisto states, “I intentionally leave certain words and sketches from my underlayers peeking through, which allows the piece to develop a deeper meaning, usually based on my spiritual journey.”

The message can be subtle, although ultimately this feature intends to create a personal connection between the viewer and the painting. While her subject matter can range from landscape to birds, buildings and desert flora, they are all met with a unique balance of abstract and representational qualities that tie the collection together.

Foutz began sculpting ceramic chess set pieces in 1983 when she was invited to participate in a local Art show in December that year. As a result, she became a founding member of the now famous, “Made in Clarkdale” show for which she has continued making game sets ever since. Marsha states, “I love creating humor with a satirical peek into the human condition which is what helps me keep the tedious process of making the sets alive!

Each set takes at least four months to create. The pieces are sculpted from low-fire clay and then glazed and fired multiple times. It takes a very long time to finish one set! But I’m happy making them because my satirical sense of humor makes it fun! This is why my viewers also get a laugh or giggle when they see of my work.”

Over the years, Foutz has created 26 chess sets. Contrasting themes have included rich versus poor, teachers versus students, men versus women, and most recently, indigenous people versus capitalists. Her work has touched on the environment, travel, and changing attitudes and experiences throughout her life.

“Connection through Perception” welcomes viewers to not only dive deeply into the minds of these artists, but also receive just enough information to spark and evoke their own memories and narratives about life itself.

“Meet and Greet” Marsha and Jamie during Jerome’s First Saturday Art & Wine Walk reception on
February 3 from 4 – 7:30 pm at the
Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery,
502 N Main St, Jerome. Open to the public.

Currently accepting applications for membership in all mediums. 928-639-4276