First Saturday Jerome Art Walk promises something for everyone

The monthly tradition of Jerome First Saturday Art Walk has taken root and will blossom once again this spring with new artists and studios as well as Jerome's exciting and well-known galleries.

Stroll the mountain town on April 4, 5-8 p.m., or take the free shuttle for an evening of art, live music, food and delightful conversation. Spend the day, have a meal in town and maybe even stay the night at one of the town's delightful accommodations.

Located in Building A (Studio 300) of the Old Jerome High School, Kim Hoshal's Purple Sky Photography gallery features award-winning landscapes, both intimate and grand, of the American Southwest. Upcoming seasonal exhibits will highlight wildflowers of Arizona and the Colorado Plateau, as well as dramatic panoramas of the summer monsoons.

Studio 300 is also home to musical arts in the form of Calling Rain Music. In the working studio of award-winning, composer/recording artist William Hoshal, the gallery/studio is playing host to a series of "living room" concerts. Monthly performances will feature both regional and national artists in an intimate concert setting.

During April's Art Walk, Dawn Sutherland will be at Pura Vida Gallery for the opening of her show, Rim to Rim-The Equinox. You can stop by her studio in the Old Jerome High School and chat with her husband, Stan. Dawn just finished a painting of Doe Mesa and will begin work on some paintings of cattle. Stop in and see what's on the easel!

The Old Jerome High School offers a unique experience where classrooms are now dedicated to artist studios. Visit Building B and you will find Seeds Natural Fiber Clothing Couturier & Millinery Artist Sandy Brown, as well as The Day Art Studio and see work from Fiber Artist Vicki Day, and Painter Sally Murphy. Although Sally Murphy is a painter, her creativity now includes a line of inexpensive funky rings made from fabulous vintage buttons and costume jewelry that look good enough to eat.

Alan Bur Johnson and MB Sullivan are getting close to a grand opening of their amazing space. More information on this soon. In Building C, Margo Mandette and Robin Anderson will impress the even most jaded of art lovers with their incredible talents and multi-studio approach.

Suzy Mound and Suzann Trout of Jerome Bead Creations have shared their jewelry studio at the Jerome High School, upstairs room #304, for 3 and 1/2 years. In April we will feature Suzy's extensive collection of Bali silver and copper bracelets and earrings. Her creations combining silver and copper are distinctive and original. Suzann will feature her ' Glitzy Glass' pieces of foil-lined glass designs, both colorful and 'glitzy'.

Up the hill, The New State Motor Company has opened with the impressive gallery of local photographer, Patrick Lincoln.

Patrick Lincoln checks in with this missive. "As the days dwindle down to a precious few, I sit looking out on the Verde Valley with the red rocks posed like a nude model in a compromising position awaiting the next visitor who will drop to the floor in a sensory overload caused by the combination of the natural beauty of the Mogollon Rim and an entire room full of my art. Fortunately, I was a critical care nurse for a number of years before becoming a legend in my own mind and am quite handy at CPR. This month alone I have had to administer the "kiss of life"14 times and my lips are becoming chapped. Still with chapped lips and aging eyes, stalked by advancing years the threat of infirmity I endure because Ars Longa! Vita Breve!" Visit his gallery at The New State Motor Company.

Nearby delights, Nellie Bly, the largest kaleidoscope gallery in the world and Made in Jerome Pottery with working artists Jane Moore and David Hall will be displaying their newest creations.

Stop into the Cody DeLong Studio, and see Cody's latest award winning paintings during this month's Art Walk. 240 Hull Ave, inside the Jerome Gallery. Cody just returned from teaching a successful four-day workshop at Saguaro Lake Ranch, where he also sold three of his paintings. He just won a $1,000 Teacher's Scholarship from the Marilyn Sunderman Legacy Foundation. Cody will have 15 months to complete coursework and report back to the foundation. www.codydelong.com

Raku Gallery is excited to have more of Howard Sice's etched silver jewelry. Sice is a Laguna-Hopi Native American and has won many awards for his metalsmithing. A street beautification project, in downtown Phoenix, on Central Avenue, displays Sice's 100 medallions. A new artist to the gallery is Kate Greenhalgh with her hand-painted silk scarves. Tracy Weisel has created a free-blown glass stein in honor of St. Patrick's Day and will be demonstrating glassblowing for a portion of the evening.

Jerome's Jewelry has a fabulous selection of custom created jewelry. Jewelry artist Rick Hernandez and his 17-year-old son Ricky have been hard at work creating a unique line of custom 14k gold and sterling silver jewelry. They will be featuring an exquisite collection of amethyst, peridot, and Australian opal jewelry along with a wide variety of colored gemstone jewelry. Jerome's Jewelry is located at - 114 Jerome Ave.

Dreamscape Gallery presents the digital collages of local photographer David Mendoza. David is an Arizona native whose work celebrates the diversity and beauty of this state. During the April Art Walk, David will be on hand to talk about his latest projects. Join Gallery owner Joanna Pregon for a sampling of wines from the guest artist's home region, the Sonoita wine country.

April is an exciting month at Kee to Fine Art. New horsehair pottery pieces by Navajo artist, Stan Shephard, most with a unique feather and turquoise incorporated into his etched pottery has just arrived. Thee elements are often a "symbol of protection". Artist R. Eric Kee has added a few new Eagle Head red cedar flutes, in addition to his drone (over/under) flutes. Works of art by Robert Shackelford, an Italian native, depict various Italian scenes in the Tuscany area, including Florence, Chianti, Poppiano, Stia, etc. If you haven't seen Tom Narwid's work already, you won't want to miss fine art photography of your favorite southwest scenes featured at American Landscape Gallery.

Come and enjoy an evening out around Jerome and be sure to stop by to see the beautiful craftsmanship at Altai Leather made right here in the shop. Gearing up for the spring, new creations include beautiful new handbags in lavender, turquoise, gold, and pink that are eye catching.

Aurum Jewelry will feature local artist's newest designs. And next door, explore award winning Pura Vida Gallery. Landscape painter Dawn Sutherland debuts a new series of oil paintings of the Grand Canyon at Pura Vida Gallery during the Jerome Art Walk on Saturday, April 4. The work is based on Dawn's plein air sketches and photographs from her 5-day, 25-mile backpacking hike from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon during the Autumnal Equinox of September, 2008. The series features a wide variety of Grand Canyon scenes, and the paintings range in size from 6" x 8" to 24" x 36." Dawn will join gallery owners Danny Burris and Michael Gamble at Pura Vida for the opening during the Art Walk on April 4th. Join them for an evening of champagne, chocolate, and conversation, and get the first look at Dawn's new and unique images of the Grand Canyon. Dawn will also be at Pura Vida on Sunday, April 5.

An exhibition of exciting new works called "Abstractions", by local artist V. Norton, opens at the Jerome Artists Cooperative in Jerome, AZ on Saturday April 4, 2009. The public is invited to the opening reception on that evening from 5 pm to 8pm, with music and refreshments. The artist works with different geometrical forms, creating breakthrough ceramic sculptures, including hanging Raku Wall pieces, which allows the clay to become the canvas for these contemporary interpretations. Stop in next door at Lola and see the folk art of owner Jo Jo.

The Fool on the Hill- a gallery of wonderful things- features the fabulous contemporary jewelry of Hannah Hamilton. Hannah works in mixed metals with lapidary and sterling. Her pieces are one of a kind, unique and a great complement to our new bohemian tribal collection of clothing that we have just received in the shop! Come meet Hannah and join us for an evening of peace, love, fashion, and art. Refreshments will be served from 5-8. The Fool on the hill is located at 507B Main Street in Jerome. 928-649-0295 www.thefoolonthehill.com.

Magpie-wearable.art.gallery.- is proud to present the work of jeweler Gail Beck during April's Art Walk. Formerly from Taos, New Mexico, Gail now calls the Verde Valley home. Gail specializes in special metal clay and is a certified PMC Guild instructor. She also works in an unusual medium called mica clay. Gail's experience working in PMC clay expanded when she moved to New Mexico in 2005 and became aware of living among land of Basalt (solidified molten lava rock) and took a pottery class from a Taos Pueblo Elder involving the Pueblos' ancient history of creating art and cookware with mica clay. Amulet jewelry now incorporates lava, red and white mica clay beads, and semiprecious stones. Come meet Gail and enjoy an evening of wine and art at Magpie from 5-8. Magpie is located at 510 Main Street in Jerome. 928-649-0295.

The Spirit Art Gallery will be featuring painter Cyndi Thau, whose joyful art is inspired by travels, learning and a desire to paint and live life. She has traveled in Europe, South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, living and working for years in Alaska. Recently Cyndi spent seven years in a seaside village in Costa Rica. There she devoted each day to creating new pieces of art and operating a small art gallery. Although Cyndi continues to paint a variety of subjects, her focus is on flowers. Local jewelry artist and musician Doug Downer will provide entertainment. Doug has been entertaining in the Verde Valley for over 20 years. He plays many favorites from different genres.

Gallery 527 features Ceramic Artist Steve Ritson. His inspiration is found in the rocks, canyons and cliff faces of Sedona. The work shown at the gallery is Raku fired, a technique that allows for a good deal of chance. It is a fast moving and dynamic process where pots are pulled directly from the fire and immersed in a sealed container of combustible material that imparts the black carbon directly to the raw clay." Musical guest is Ty Eaton, performing her original songs. For more information, contact Donna at 649-2277 or visit www.gallery527jerome.com.

Visit www.jeromeartwalk.com or call Donna at 649-2277 for more information.

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