Another great spring evening is in store for locals and visitors in this mile-high mountain town. First Saturday Jerome Art Walk on May 7th will be a party filled with art, music, refreshments and great conversation at the 20 galleries and studios. A free shuttle will whisk you from The Old Jerome High School to Made in Jerome Pottery and everywhere in between. Walking the inviting streets is another easy option for art lovers. Jerome First Saturday Art Walk has become the best Saturday activity in the Verde Valley… at least according to many art lovers who are slowly savoring each section of this thriving art community. There is so much to see that it is impossible to visit everything in one walk. Make a night of it on May 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Have dinner at one of the great restaurants or spend the night at a Bed and Breakfast. With gallery openings, open studios, live music and delicious treats at some stops, this is one spring night that will delight. Wine tasting, live music at The Mile High Grill and The Spirit Room or perhaps some delicious candy from Rickeldoris are all bonuses to a fun-filled day and night on the town. Barbifer, the Puscifer Barber Stations, located inside Puscifer the Store is not just for men. They do women’s cuts, color and waxing. Come early. Experience all that Jerome has to offer. Get in the springtime groove in Jerome while you enjoy some fantastic art.
If you go…
May 7, 2016.
5 to 8 p.m.
The Old Jerome High School will be a hot spot for the May Art Walk on May 7th. “V is for Victory, V is for Violet” is the first in a series of Art Walk installations presented by the Jerome Art Vortex and its current artist-in-residence, Christian 11. This installation explores, in a multi-sensory fashion, the color violet and its manifestation in the kingdom of life. Paintings, video, light sculptures and more. Lavender cake will be served.
For Art Walk in May, Mark Hemleben will feature – “Scenes from Springtime in Jerome”. Flowers, landscapes and red rocks against perfect blue skies! Come and check out his latest work at his studio/gallery at The Old Jerome High School.
Robin Anderson and Margo Mandette have been creating beautiful art in their building at The Old Jerome High School for 2 decades. The 20,000 sq ft space houses 5 galleries as well as large open halls containing over 400 works of art by this industrious couple. The lifeblood of The Verde Valley, The Verde River, currently mesmerizes Robin. In his own words,” Every morning I wake up (about) 6:00 am. I go over to the door. I look out at some ivy growing over my porch. If the ivy is dancing, I know the day is too windy for outdoor painting. I double-check it by looking over at the neighbor’s flag. If the flag is flying, it’s a no go. What ever, either it’s go back to bed or jump into my pants (both legs at once!) I walk to the studio and load up my supplies. I always take along three apples. The rest goes into the back of the truck. Driving out into morning, I head out to my new painting spot along the Verde River and set to work on an outdoor painting. This is my morning constitutional that I have been exercising over the last thirty years. If there is anything that will last after I die, it will probably be my landscapes. That is not what I intended. I wanted to be a figurative artist, an abstract artist, a New York artist, any kind of artist but a landscape artist. But the landscape along the river is so beautiful, it makes me happy.”
Zen Mountain Gallery welcomes Donald Voss as our featured artist for May Art Walk. Donald Voss’ works of ink on paper, watercolor and handmade books reflect his diverse personal and academic background. Voss incorporates and expresses Eastern and Western influences ranging from his undergrad in Asian Studies and a BFA in Book Arts and Print making, to living in Japan, and also finding spiritual meaning in the Native American cultures of his ancestry, as well as teaching at both the high school and college level. Voss says of his work: “as an artist my work sustains a dance of evolving awareness. My creations record, tell stories of a path of wonder-knowledge, but they require the participant to decode the work in their own terms. The images are glyphs, maps, diagrams, pictures, recordings, awareness of the precious mystery of the world, knowing all the time, the beauty and intensity of each breath.” Please join us for this chance to meet Don and purchase a piece of his work, enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres from Jerome’s Flat Iron.
Firefly will be featuring local artist Sally Murphy. Sally will be in house creating her original oil nest paintings. Hard to imagine but she does this mostly with a rag and her thumbnail. We will have many on hand to select from. Light refreshments will be served.
Caduceus Cellar presents “ArtWalkAfterHours – Something to write home about”… Help support the Jerome Post Office – mail a letter! An array of working vintage typewriters for use at the Tasting Room on Main Street. Stamps provided. A program of short film projections starting at 8 p.m., with Verde Valley grown wines available by the glass. No cover. 21 and over. 928-639-9463.
This will be the last Art Walk to see featured artist Doug Brannan‘s ‘Refried Robots’ at the Cody DeLong Studio. In addition Cody will be demonstrating his award-winning painting techniques. Cody has some new work featuring Zion National Park, in honor of 100th anniversary of the park. Live Jazz by artist Duane Ewing. Cody DeLong Studio – 300 Hull Ave. next to the Visitor’s Center. CodyDeLong.com
“Celebrate with us” opens at The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery. Founding member, Sally Davidson, recalls an advertisement in 1996, in the local paper, inviting local artists to meet to discuss forming a business. Then, according to manager-member Rex Peters, “It all happened really fast, and we’ve been going strong ever since.” The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery’s all-member show, “Celebrate with us!” runs May 7-June 29. Art Walk opening, May 7 will be from 5-8 p.m., with entertainment provided by the John Ziegler and Sally Stricker Duo. Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is at 502 Main St. .928-639-4276
Jerome’s Jewelry has some extraordinary jewelry designs created by father-and-son team Rick and Ricky Hernandez. As well as 3 other featured Artists, April Hernandez, Sarah Yount-Moser and Fredda Psaltis. Master Jeweler Rick Hernandez has been fabricating spectacular custom jewelry for over 20 years, usually in 14kt gold and sterling silver. Rick’s passion is crafting pieces using Australian Opal, Diamond, Tanzanite, and Amethyst, along with Arizona Fire Agate and Azurite- Malachite from Jerome. Rick’s son Ricky has followed in his father’s footsteps, and specializes in the art of handcrafted silver work. Ricky has designed some very inspired pieces with a medieval artfulness. However, several of his popular designs are quite contemporary. He loves to work with Drusy, Amethyst, Malachite, Black Onyx and many other gemstones. Ricky’s wife April has been building a unique line of jewelry using keys and gears with a Steampunk flair. April has also created a wide variety of cameo necklaces, chokers, and rings. Don’t forget to check out Arizona Artists ~ Sarah Yount-Moser’s unusual necklaces and Fredda Psaltis Healing Star among all of the remarkable items. Together these Artists have quite a collection at Jerome’s Jewelry and if you can’t find something that is quite right, then the Father-Son Duo Rick and Ricky can design a special custom creation. Enjoy a Wonderful evening at Jerome’s Jewelry Art Walk Saturday May 7th, 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Ben Roti joins the talented group at Gallery 527. His show Re(Act)ion opens on May 7th and runs through the end of June. Ben’s current ceramic work is made with low-fire earthenware clay and features bright, vibrant color. Using reductive techniques, through sandblasting, Ben is able to build variations and create layers, which are inspired by the results that are commonly seen in atmospheric firing. Each piece is hand-built using soft slab technique, glazed, and fired. The pieces are sandblasted on the outside for a matte finish, then hand-sanded with wet/dry sandpaper for a soft, velvety feel, while the interior remains glossy and food-safe.
For more information about this show or Jerome Art Walk contact Donna at 928.301.3004.