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.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Cool Cats & Hats Come to Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery

New works by hat maker and painter Michele Cokl Naylor benefit local shelters

“Cats are the wildest of the tame and the tamest of the wild.”
                                                            Mark Twain

It may be the dog days of summer but it will be cool cats in the spotlight when the new show opens at the Jerome Artists Cooperative on Saturday August 4. And they’ll be accompanied by some very hip hats.

Verde Valley artist Michele Cokl Naylor unveils her latest work in a one-woman exhibition, “Cool Cats & Hats.” An accomplished hat maker, Naylor uses old-school techniques, and then adds modern twists to create her always chic chapeaus. Toppers on sale during the show will include fedoras, bowlers, cloches and berets.

The rest of the show is dedicated to her love of—and the undeniable coolness of—cats. One-of-a-kind vests adorned with cats, and glasses cases made from cat fabric will be available. Dozens of original cat paintings of various sizes will line the walls. Working from a vibrant color palette, Naylor’s cats define the essence of cool.

Best of all, 10 percent of sales from the show will be donated to the Verde Valley Humane Society and the Jerome Humane Society.

“I have four rescue cats at home,” says Naylor. “So I understand the importance of the shelters and the work the Humane Society does. I want to be able to give something back for all the joy the little creatures have given me.”

Indeed, cats have been inspiring artists, writers and philosophers for centuries. Leonardo da Vinci said, “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” Jules Verne believed cats were spirits come to earth, Charles Dickens thought there was no greater gift than the love of a cat, and Edgar Allan Poe lamented that his writing lacked the mystery of a cat.

“As an artist, you never know where inspiration will come from,” says Naylor. “Fortunately, I have a household filled with it as I get to watch the elegance, grace, goofiness and humor that my cats exhibit daily.”

The August 4 opening of “Cool Cats & Hats will take place from 5-8 p.m. and is part of Art Walk in Jerome. Wine and chocolate will be served with donations going to the humane societies and the music will be from the 1930s and ‘40s to help set the very cool mood. It’s a chance to meet the artist and try on some hats or swap some cat stories. Maybe you can even expand your family as the Verde Valley Humane Society will have cats for adoption. 

For more information: Michele Cokl Naylor
The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is located at 502 Main Street. 
Open Daily 10-6.
For more information, call 928-639-4276


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

" Then and Now"

“Then and Now”
The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery presents their 22nd annual Summer Membership show entitled, “Then and Now: a celebration of how artists’ work changes over time” from July 7-July 31 at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, located on the ground floor of the historic Hotel Jerome.
It is said that the only constant is change. In “Then and Now,” gallery members consider how they and their work has changed over time. On a special wall, “Family Portraits” are displayed as a series of group photos taken over the years of the gallery’s membership. Within the featured artist room, members’ work is hung in pairs with a sampling of works that were done some time ago alongside works that are more recent. Comments from the artists about how or why their work has changed sheds light on their ongoing creative process.
Chris Ryback, known for her molded concrete garden leaves and wall pieces has taken her concrete art to the next level by creating an assemblage of her concrete leaves until a face emerges.
Ceramicist V. Norton points out how her interest in working both large and small has evolved over the years. An earlier work, “White Crackle,” measures 14” tall as compared to her current series of miniature “Spirit” masks, which are about 7” in height. In addition to the size variations, V. Norton chose, “White Crackle” to represent her “Then” piece because it was the means she used to explore a new glaze technique some years ago. “I used a low fire glaze at the time,” Norton recall, “and as I read the directions, I asked myself, ‘I wonder what would happen if I fired this differently?’ And so, I did,” she notes.  The result became a technique she began using from then on.” Another example of how V. Norton’s work has evolved over the years is her use of horse hair in her work. Previously, V. Norton used horse hair to create a visual/textural element on her pottery. Now, her use of horse hair has expanded to become a decorative element within her miniature spirit masks series. V. Norton likes this approach as it brings out the whimsical qualities of her spirit masks.
Joy Herhold, the Co-op’s newest member, realized that over the 49 plus years she has been creating art, the thread of continuity in her work is design and meaning. “When I was 16 years old, I carved a 6” x 60” wood relief panel, which I call, ‘No One Goes to Heaven Alone.’ My carving represents a hope of all people helping each other.” Her desire to help humanity by seeing the best in everything has been her life-long approach to everyday living.  Compositionally, Joy noticed that most of her artwork has been composed using a diagonal format. Her most recent work, “Hotel Jerome,” is no exception. The view of the hair-pin turn in Jerome’s Main Street is depicted in this new work as a loose, fun landscape done on paper using a sewing machine’s satin stitches as she would use a paint brush. The view from inside the gallery looking out was inspiration for yet another effective use of her “dynamic diagonal” composition. She mentions that this is how she perceives the Jerome Co-op: as a fun place to visit, meet artists, and be inspired by all kinds of artwork.  
Visitors will be inspired, too, as they peruse the diverse collection of works displayed in the members’ summer show, “Then and Now.” There will be a reception for the artists on Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk on July 7 from 5-8 pm at the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. Refreshments will be served. The show runs thru July 31.
Open Daily, 10-6.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Delving: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass and More

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.

Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery               502 Main Street          928-639-4276

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Every Little Thing, Wanda Wood

“Every Little Thing” featuring Wanda Wood at the Co-op
The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery presents Wanda Wood’s featured solo exhibition entitled, “Every Little Thing.” Due to Wood’s range of interests and expertise, she is so excited to share it all with you during her upcoming show!
Wanda Wood is well known for her oil and pastel paintings in the Co-op and presents a wide range of new works in this show. Shortly after starting with oils in 1969, Wood became enthralled with pastels after discovering sanded paper. Wood primarily uses a specialty paper from Germany that has a very fine tooth specifically for pastel artists. “Developing a landscape or portrait on sanded paper brings out a depth of color and a feeling that is beautiful and unique to pastel painting.”
In addition to her paintings in oil and pastel, Wanda Wood broadens her perspective to include her interests in weaving. Wood’s assortment of baskets includes pine needle baskets and reed-woven baskets. Some will be made using Irish wax linen thread.
“I just love the way the small baskets look and feel,” comments Wood, “I love making them! Some of them are so small that you just have to love them to give them the time and attention they require to make them so tiny.”
A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 5-8 pm in the Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery located on the ground floor of the old Hotel Jerome. Refreshments will be served. The show runs through May 2.
The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery       502 N. Main St.        Open Daily 10-6