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detail of NonConformist #2 by Stephen Moody A HOLIDAY ARTWALK IN JEROME
The Holidays are just around the corner and what better gift is there than original art? First Saturday Jerome Art Walk is the perfect night to start the season’s shopping for the perfect present. Twenty-one galleries and studios will be welcoming visitors on December 2nd from 5-8PM with beautiful art, music and refreshments. From blown glass to lovely jew- elry, there is a treasure to be found for every budget this year. From the working studios of The Old Jerome High School to the lovely pottery of Made in Jerome, the“true handmade Jerome touch” is everywhere. Cody DeLong’s paintings, ceramic masterpieces by Margo Mandette, Rick Hernandez’s exotic jewelry designs ... just a few of the unique creations of Jerome artisans, and all in one magical mountain town. The Upper Park will be decorated to the hilt and there will be live music at The Mile High Grill and The Spirit Room.
Zen Mountain Gallery is a great place to find holiday gifts. With over 40 local artists, the gallery has a wide variety of affordable ideas. Many new pieces are in the gallery, from fine art and photography to pottery and jewelry. A number of the gallery’s artists are represented ex- clusively, such as Nancy Bihler’s jewelry, Hans Miles’ pottery and Stephen Moody’s photog- raphy. Please join in for a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres as the holiday celebrations begin.
The Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery kicks off the Holiday season with its 21st annu- al All-Members Holiday Show, in the Old Hotel Jerome. All Co-op members are juried into the gallery in specific categories of art mediums, so that a diversity of artwork is displayed all year throughout the gallery.
However, during both the Summer and Annual Holiday Shows, members may display any type of artwork they wish. This is very fun for the members, as it provides an opportunity to show work they are already proficient in, but not juried in for; or may be exploring a new technique, or simply just wanting to try something different in a completely new medium.
The Holiday Show provides an opportunity for them to do just that. When viewing art- work in the Members’ show, gallery members themselves often exclaim, “Who did that?” because the work may be so different from what that artist normally creates. Visitors will enjoy the exciting, festive options for unique, locally made gift items, home decor items, jewelry, wearables and greeting cards. Refreshments will be served.
Join Threads on Main during the Art Walk and wrap yourself in a Rita Winters’ hand- loomed rayon cocoon — for a cozy, classy winter look! Woven in her Guntersville, Alabama studio with sparkling ribbons imbedded in each design, these cocoons come in a multitude of rich vibrant colors. Champagne and chocolates are in abundance, as well as an assort- ment of gourmet holiday gift treats.
Pura Vida Gallery revives its annual tradition of hosting the “Handcrafted Holiday Gift Show,” with handmade gifts from over 100 American artists. Whether it’s jewelry, fiber art, ceramics, home décor, or garden art — the gallery has something for everyone — and
detail of Timeless Beauty by Susan Pitcairn
everyone’s budget. Champagne and holiday treats are served!
One short year ago, Red Bench landed at the Jerome Art Center. In that time, the space
has transformed in a big way, from a photo studio to a photo gallery — and is thrilled to be a part of the community and support local art!
December’s featured artist is Brian Williams of Phoenix, a photographer and videogra- pher who got his start as a portrait photographer in film. Though he utilizes digital pho- tography, he still enjoys working with film, especially black and white. He spends his time behind the lens as a portrait, event, and fine art photographer. His show, “My Little Web Series,” will be displayed through the 28th.
During ArtWalk, enjoy live music by Rick Cyge of Sedona, free wine, food and snacks. Red Bench is also proud to provide a writing space for local author, Zushka Biros. Signed cop- ies of her latest book, The Secret Butterfly Trail, recently mentioned on NPR, will be available.
Jerome’s Jewelry artist, Rick Hernandez has been busy creating some fabulous jew- elry just in time for the holidays using some of his favorite stones, such as Arizona Fire Ag- ate, Four Peaks Arizona Amethyst, along with the brilliance of Australian Opal in 14-karat gold and sterling silver. He also has some spectacular creations using Tanzanite, Ruby, Pink Tourmaline, Drusy and Azurite from Jerome.
Rick’s son, Ricky has handcrafted some very artistic, contemporary sterling silver piec- es, and he’s also working on an amazing 3-D jewelry line. Ricky’s wife, April creates a very unique line of jewelry using keys and gears with a steampunk flair, and she also creates a wide variety of cameos in rings, pendants and earrings. Also, the gallery is honored to add new artists: Kim Maney with her incredible photography creations, Fredda Psaltis’ beauti- ful healing star pendants, and Sarah Yount-Moser’s unusual collection of jewelry.
With the holidays upon us, one might need some relief! And at Yester Day’s Fine Art Gal- lery we have relief even in material form — an interesting bronze relief, cast in 1983 by Ed Reilly of Bronze Smith Fine Art Foundry in Prescott Valley, to commemorate the 400th anni- versary of Jerome’s first European visitor, Antonio Espejo. A very special antique, as well as a work of art; this beautiful plaque will be well worth stopping by the gallery to see and enjoy.
Gallery 527 welcomes the holiday season with new work by ceramic artist Ben Roti. His collection of functional work includes brightly colored bowls, mugs, cups and plates. Teal has created intriguing crystal pieces that are sure to please the jewelry lover on your list and Lorraine Fexas offers fused glass ornaments, coasters and plates in lovely patterns and hues. For the true art lover, consider a major investment in the work of Susan Pitcairn (plein air), Julie Bernstein-Engelmann (abstract), Sharron Vincent Porter (Mixed media) and Ardis Harsche (encaustic). Stop by for good art, good food and wine and lively conversation at this gallery of local artists.
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— Donna Chesler | the NOISE arts & news | DECEMBER 2017 • 23

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