“Reflections” at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is an eclectic exhibition of artwork by Sedona artist, V. Norton. In her exhibit, Norton adds new work displaying ceramic vases, sculpture and masks, as well as handmade books.
V. Norton has lived in the Southwest for over 30 years. Her travels have taken her many places where she notes, “Everywhere I go, I find indigenous people making masks representing their spirits.” Her new masks will be featured in the show; many of them are adorned with feathers and fiber.
The word “calligraphy” comes from the Greek words meaning “beautiful writing.” Having studied and taught calligraphy for many years, Norton uses some of the alphabets in her work which date back to the 5th century. There will be original calligraphy on display. In addition, her interest in calligraphy has led her to writing words with glaze on her ceramic platters which can be displayed on a wall or table.
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the late 1400’s, books were handwritten on vellum from animal skins. Inspired by her interests in calligraphy and bookmaking, her latest small handmade journals are her way of turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. “Making books is part of the whole calligraphy experience for me.” In “Reflections” you’ll find a series of handmade, hand bound leather journals that can fit into a purse or pocket. There will be original hand bound books, in their own boxes, that Norton created.
You can meet the artist on Saturday, May 2 from 5-8 pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery during Art Walk. Refreshments will be served.
“Reflections” runs May 1-July 1.
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