Once again, expect a wonderful night in Jerome. Have dinner, stroll the streets and visit the galleries, sip some wine, sample some treats, savor the art…maybe even spend the night at one of the delightful hotels or bed and breakfasts. Jerome is once again the place to be on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, scroll the Events List below.

Jan 7, 2017

Julie Bernstein Engelmann’s show ‘Gifts of Soul’ continues at Gallery 527 through the month of January. Shown is her painting ‘What Makes a Good Day’.

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“Nature’s Own, Set in Stone” is a solo exhibition of new work by Jerome's Artist’s Cooperative Gallery member, Christine Ryback. Christine notes that with daily bombardment of negative news and reports, a simple walk in the woods can be the best medicine to bring about peace of mind. Chris has always felt at home in nature; indeed, it has been her refuge where she finds spirituality. It’s no surprise, then, that her interest in casting leaves and items from nature in cement became a natural extension and form of expression for her love of nature and the outdoors. On her nature walks, Christine collects natural items which can be cast. She notices the variety in the shapes that the veins of different leaves display, giving each leaf its own personality. Christine started out casting leaves of rhubarb. Then, as her interest and talent expanded, so did the assortment of leaves that she can cast. Her collection now includes maple, cabbage, philodendron, elephant ear, summer squash, pumpkin, hosta, and even orchard and tropical leaves from Florida. In “Nature’s Own, Set in Stone, Christine presents new work including some with 3-D features. Other pieces take on a sculptural effect as they are displayed as an arrangement, such as a cast leaf tucked behind a log or piece of bark, making it part of a natural composition.“Nature’s Own, Set in Stone” runs Jan. 6 through March 1, with a reception for the artist on Jerome’s First Saturday Art walk, Jan 7 from 5-8 pm. Live music. Refreshments will be served. Jerome Artists’ Cooperative Gallery-- 502 Main St.

Visit Ann Metley’s studio in Old Jerome High School to see an artist in action. Ann collects wood from the local desert to assemble into stand alone pieces and wall hangings During the January 7 Jerome Art Walk, she will be cleaning and constructing wall hangings using barn wood and wood chips from the mulch pile at the Verde River access near Tuzigoot. “My challenge will be to create beauty from wood which is almost entirely decomposed.” Ann explains. Ann, who recently published her book of word artistry, Sensations in Color, is also a poet. She combines her talents by attaching hangtags with one-of-a-kind poems to each of her wood assemblages.

During the January 7th Art Walk, Pura Vida Gallery will host its annual “Scarf It Up” show. Five different artists will be represented in a wide of assortment of fabrics and styles. Margo Petitti’s men’s scarves feature a combination of cashmere, silk, and wool in a quilt-like pattern. Caron Miller’s knitted scarves come in a variety of colors with matching finger-less gloves, and Debra Street’s painted silk and wool scarves add a punch of color for any winter outfit. Join Pura Vida Gallery for champagne and chocolates on the evening of the Art Walk and Scarf It Up!

Cody DeLong begins the New Year celebrating 19 years as a cornerstone of the Jerome Arts Scene. In 2016, Cody won awards at both the Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park plein air events, furthering his national reputation through these invitational events. However, his heart remains in Jerome where he can be found painting in his studio each week (usually Wednesday through Saturday) The rest of the time he paints outdoors. Stop in and see what's new on the easel, and help Cody kick off the New Year. Cody DeLong Studio - 300 Hull Ave. between the Visitor’s Center and 'Spook Hall'. Cody DeLong Studio

Zen Mountain Gallery welcomes Fine art ceramicist Luna Patterson as featured artist for January Art Walk. Luna Patterson is known for the beauty of her hand built forms and remarkable color achieved through pit firing. Her colors are suggestive of the Arizona desert and local red rocks. Originally from Denmark, Luna has lived in Arizona since 1992. She has studied pottery at the college level, but is largely self-taught and takes an exploratory and experimental approach to her art and is now teaching pit fire techniques. She has won numerous awards for her work including first and third place in the 2008 and 2009 Arizona Clay Olympics.Luna’s work epitomizes Zen Mountain Gallery’s emphasis on contemporary and contemplative fine art, while maintaining a beautiful organic simplicity. Please join us for wine and food as we celebrate the New Year and Luna’s new work.

Gallery 527 continues the exhibition, “Gifts of Soul” – all new work by Julie Bernstein Engelmann, on January 7th, from 5:00-8:00 PM. Each of Engelmann's dynamic abstract paintings embodies a meaningful experience in her life when her awareness of Soul gave her gifts of insight and joy. “For instance,” said Engelmann, “'Constellations of Support' is a vision of human relationships as stars in the night sky, some burning brightly in our constellations while others serve as minor supports. 'Gently Enjoying You' is a nourishing state of attentive appreciation for a friend. 'Lai Tsi's Garden' vibrates with the light of a special place I go in contemplation.” Gallery owner Donna Chesler says, “Each one has a very specific feeling, distinct from the others, which is unusual in abstract art.” Engelmann's lush abstracts have won numerous awards. She was honored with a retrospective exhibit, Being Spirit, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, Pennsylvania.

“Your paintings are really engaging – a bit like a theatrical production in that they just keep on going once the curtain goes up. As an art critic, I think that's one of the major things you bring to the party.” - Dr. V. Scott Dimond, Curator for Visual Arts, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

Engelmann holds an MFA from UCLA and a BA from Barnard College, where she studied with Milton Resnick, first-generation Abstract Expressionist. Two years ago, Engelmann moved with her family from Pennsylvania to the Sedona area, where she teaches Luscious Abstractions on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts. “Gifts of Soul” will be on view at Gallery 527 in Jerome through January 29.

For more information about Jerome Art Walk call Donna @ 928-301-3004.