Thu, April 09

A Spring Fling in Jerome<br>

Shake off the winter blues and savor an early taste of spring when the Jerome Artist Cooperative presents a new show entitled: The Material Girls Run Amok in the Bloomin’ Garden. No, Madonna hasn’t been spotted crooning in the Spirit Room or rooting through the fixin’s bar at the Haunted Hamburger. The "Material Girls" are actually Verde Valley residents, dollmaker Michele Cokl Naylor and fabric artist Mary Jardine.

For the dolls in this show, Naylor captures the joy of gardening and the vitality of spring through her rich use of color and texture. Her "Funky Femme Dolls" are cloth dolls with a whimsical theme – a barefoot nun catching butterflies or a woman who accidentally fell into a lily pond. She loves fabric and is always on the lookout for interesting "trinkets" to use in her dollmaking.

Naylor’s fabric pins can be found in several gift shops in Utah, Arizona, Texas, California and South Carolina. Her dolls reside all over the country. One of her dolls hung on the White House Christmas tree in 1993.

Jardine’s "Fabrications" focus for the show is flowers: vibrant wall hangings and framed pictures, bursting with bloom, a riot of color. She dyes or paints many of the fabrics using marbling, scrunching, overdyeing, and discharge techniques. Many of the fabrics are recycled including clothing, sheets and curtains. Embellishments may be silk flowers, beads, buttons, yarns, old jewelry, laces, netting, etc. she uses hand sewing as well as machine sewing – whatever it takes to achieve the effects she is looking for.

A ceramicist and weaver, Jardine is mostly self-taught in working with fabrics but has taken classes in composition, color and design. She returned to community college late in life earning an AA degree in art and journalism.

The show runs from March 3 through April 12, 2001, at the Jerome Artist Cooperative, 502 Main Street, Jerome, Arizona. There will be a reception on March 3 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. which is open to the public. Mia Margaret will provide harp music. For further information call the gallery at (520) 639-4276.

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