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.

Oct 3, 2015

Grassland Pasture’ by Ramona Stites will be featured during the opening reception on October 3rd at Gallery 527 in Jerome.

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Mining history is the theme for Yester Day's Fine Art Gallery during the October Art Walk. In spite of Jerome's colorful past, but true to the sunless atmosphere of mines underneath the town, the artwork of the mines is presented mostly in black and white. In his book, Rich Town/Poor Town, hard times appear in each page's inky print of this sobering book of short stories about the mining era, by featured artist Roberto Rabago. The 1920's black-and-white photograph of Rabago's father working in a Douglas mine in Mexico starkly proves the miners' dim workplace. And a charcoal still life of mining artifacts and a graphite portrait of Rabago, by Annie Rabago, show that light still can persist even in a pervasive darkness.

"The Art of Chess and Other Things" opens at The Jerome's Artist’s Cooperative Gallery on October 3rd. Featured Artist Jim Todd says, "My father taught me both how to play chess and how to paint. At the time, I didn't know that these two activities would combine to make up a significant part of my life as an artist." Imaginations are sure to be stirred while viewing the incredibly detailed and surrealistic Trompe l'oeil style paintings of Jim Todd. Jim Todd's original paintings have been exhibited in dozens of shows throughout the United States. He has received more than 50 awards for his chess series and still life paintings. "I hope that viewing my work will encourage others to explore their own imaginations..." Todd's solo featured artist show runs Oct. 2- Dec.2. The Art Walk Opening Reception is on October 3rd from 5 to 8 pm with refreshments being served. Jerome Artist's Cooperative Gallery is at 502 Main Street.

New Age Drinks will be off-site this month performing, "Truck Piece," in which they will drive a 4-foot tall egg over 1,000 miles in the back of a 1994 Chevy pickup to a wedding in Dallas, TX. "Truck Piece" is an embodiment of love and its limits, exploring a lover's generosity, the meaning of marriage, the love between childhood friends, and a couple's patience in trying circumstances. The egg's journey will be documented and presented at a later date. For more information about New Age Drinks visit NewAgeDrinks.org, on Face book, Instagram and Twitter @NewAgeDrinks.

Cody DeLong has returned from the prestigious Grand Canyon Celebration of Art plein air painting competition, where he won the ARTISTS CHOICE AWARD! This is really the highest award an artist can get, so come celebrate with Cody at his studio Cody DeLong Studio/Gallery- 300 Hull Ave between the Visitors Center and Spook Hall. Cody will be doing a painting demo as always. 928-300-4576

Jerome's Jewelry has some fabulous jewelry creations. Stop by and check out the remarkable jewelry designs created by father-and-son team Rick and Ricky Hernandez. Jewelry Artist Rick Hernandez has been creating spectacular custom jewelry for over 20 years, in 14kt gold and sterling silver. Rick's passion is creating pieces using Australian Opal with accent stones such as Diamond, Tanzanite, and Amethyst, along with many other gemstones. Rick's son Ricky has followed in his father's footsteps, and specializes in the unique art of handcrafted silver work. Ricky has designed some very creative pieces, however his artistic work is usually more on the contemporary side, using Drusy (a specialty gemstone having small crystallized formations from inside a geode). Recently, Ricky’s wife April has been creating a unique line of jewelry using keys and gears with a Steampunk flair. April has also created a wide variety of extraordinary cameo necklaces, chokers, and rings. Check out Arizona Artists ~ Sarah Yount-Moser's unusual necklaces and Fredda Psaltis Healing Star among all of the fabulous items.

Pura Vida Gallery will host a trunk show for Virginia fiber artist Barbara Polin on the evening of the October 3rd Jerome Art Walk. Barbara will be on hand to explain marbling - a technique that dates back to 12th century Europe. Barbara creates her beautiful designs on silk, chiffon, and even leather for stunning art to wear pieces for both men and women. Join Barbara for a champagne and chocolate reception from 5-8pm on the evening of the Art Walk.

Please join Zen Mountain Gallery for October Art Walk as we welcome Bill Peters as our featured artist. Bill Peters is an international visual artist working primarily in photography. He trained in film, photography and the sciences at the University of Southern California and holds an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto. Bill’s work has developed into four current series: “When the City Isn’t Looking”, an abstract reflection on the emotional qualities of cities; “When Water Dreams”, an exploration of the metaphorical and abstract nature of water in the landscape; “Exclusionary Landscapes”, an aerial photography project that raises questions both about our human relationship to the use of land and “Semiotica”, an artistic response to signs and symbols. The Exclusionary Landscapes images, typically printed 30 to 40 inches high and many feet wide, reflect the formalism sometimes associated with the New Topographics movement. New Images from the Semiotica Series will be available at art walk along with images from the Exclusionary Landscapes series as well as night photographs from Northern Arizona.

He is represented by Zen Mountain Gallery in Jerome, Arizona; Willock and Sax Gallery in Banff, Canada and for corporate interiors by Exploration Arts in Calgary. Bill is also a leading non-profit consultant and museum planner. His numerous projects in this realm include the TELUS Spark Science Centre in Calgary and the Academic Strategic Plan for the Alberta College of Art and Design. Bill spends a portion of each year in Northern Arizona and Zen Mountain Gallery is pleased to represent his work in this area. Zen Mountain Gallery is located at 515 Main Street, Jerome, Arizona. For further information on Bill Peters’ work please call 928.634.5009.

The October Art Walk, Saturday October 3rd will feature new works by Ramona Stites at Gallery 527 in Jerome. Her latest body of work, to include 15 new oil paintings, is themed “Playing with Knives”. Stites, long time resident and established artist in the Verde Valley is known for her contemporary Southwestern landscape paintings in oil and pastel as well as her abstract paintings in oil and acrylic. Ms. Stites is always experimenting and trying new things, but her roots are in her landscape work. Her newest pieces, which will be on display from Oct 3rd through November 30th are all created with a palette knife. Generally Stites works with brushes, but sometimes also combines techniques. In this series, she uses strictly painting knives for paint application. Her new works are inspired from scenes in Arizona and New Mexico. Join the talented group of local artists on October 3rd from 5 to 8pm for wonderful art, refreshments and conversation

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