Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Nature Rocks

"The Jerome Artists' Cooperative Gallery is comprised of 37 member-artists who work in a wide variety of media. To become a member, stop by the gallery or download an application from their website."
502 N. Main Street, Jerome  

Friday, May 31, 2019

“Two of a Kind” with Mary Rochelle Burnham and Jim Todd

Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery presents “Two of a Kind” with Mary Rochelle Burnham and Jim Todd. What do you call it when two lines converge? An intersection?  No, the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery calls it an art exhibit. Mary Rochelle Burnham & Jim Todd discovered they share a similar background in art as both artists have a representational style and work primarily in oil. Having met at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery as members exhibiting their fine art paintings, they developed a friendship and respect for each other as they began sharing stories of their dual careers as both illustrators and fine artists.

Illustrators are commissioned to take the needs of the client and produce artwork that is typically reproduced in print or other forms of media. To be successful as an illustrator, one must be disciplined to meet deadlines, have an ability to listen to and interpret the ideas given to them, work well with others, and possess professionalism and business savvy. The artist is given an idea from which he/she creates art to fit the needs of the client. In the fine art world, the artist begins with their own personal vision, transforms their ideas into art, then hopes to match a client with the piece to sell it.

Mary Rochelle Burnham began her career as a portrait artist at the tender age of eleven. Undecided whether to pursue fine art or commercial art, she first attended Wayne State University where she majored in drawing. Deciding that her goal was to be self-supporting, she transferred across Woodward Avenue and went on to graduate from the College for Creative Studies, one of the nation's leading art and design colleges where she received her BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts degree) in illustration. Mary enjoyed a freelance career that encompassed everything from courtroom sketching that aired locally in the Detroit market, nationally and in the press, to illustrating product lines, death & destruction art for one client, drawing caricatures for parties and events, to designing logos and much more. Every job was a challenge, a learning experience and quite fun despite the sweat.

Mary Rochelle Burnham built a reputation as a fine artist as well, earning many awards with her paintings in juried art shows in Michigan and later in Arizona. Burnham taught classes and workshops to students of all ages. Her most recent workshop, in 2017, was outside of Zurich, Switzerland. In Arizona, she continues to teach art privately.

Jim Todd began oil painting at the young age of 10 under the instruction of his father. Jim studied commercial art in college while pursuing private instruction in oils. He has exhibited works in dozens of shows and galleries throughout the United States and has received more than fifty awards. Jim was chosen as one of the top 100 artists for the Arts in the Park’s National Art Contest. In 1992, he received the Artist of the Year Award presented by the greater St. Louis Art Association. Jim went on to establish a career in commercial illustration creating work for clients such as, Disney, Lucas Arts, Activision, Mattel, Microsoft Games and many others. After retiring from the commercial illustration business in 2011, Jim returned to what he loves best: painting in oils.

Todd paints a variety of subjects including still lifes, landscapes and surreal images. With his ability to portray intricate details, viewers feel as if they can reach into his paintings and grasp the objects. Todd has clearly established himself in the Trompe l’oeil tradition of oil painting. In “Two of a Kind” Todd will introduce his new wildlife series.

Mary Rochelle Burnham and Jim Todd are both passionate about their work, their work ethic, and it shows in their work. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 5-8 pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. Refreshments will be served along with a special live musical performance by local musician Tommy Rocks. Tommy ‘Rocks’ Anderson, an acoustic rock musician, has performed on stages throughout America. Best known for decades across America as a guitarist and singer, in Arizona, he is better known for being one of the state’s top ukulele players. Tommy Rocks created the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra which, in their first year, got noticed by America’s Got Talent. Later, Tommy formed the Sedona Ukulele Posse in conjunction with the Sedona Arts Center where he taught music for two years.

Treat yourself to a very special evening at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery where you’ll find an evening of food, fun, wine, song, and of course, ART! June 1—5-8 pm.

Mary Rochelle Burnham
 Jim Todd

 Mary Rochelle Burnham

Mary Rochelle Burnham 

 Jim Todd

Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery     502 Main Street, Jerome.    928-639-4276    Open Daily 10-6

The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is comprised of 37 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 from their website:

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