Jerome Artists Cooperative celebrates 15th anniversary
1996: The internet was still a novelty and DVDs were brand new technology. Bill Clinton was president. The Unabomber was arrested. Charles and Diana shocked the world by getting a royal divorce.
Hardly anyone owned a cell phone. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was in sixth grade. "Friends" was tops on TV. "Fargo" and "Jerry Maguire" were big at the box office.
And the Jerome Artists Cooperative opened its doors for the first time.
A community effort organized by Jerome locals, the co-op quickly became a success, and within a short time expanded in artists and gallery size.
For 15 years the "Co-op" has been an important and vital part of this creative town, hosting events and openings showcasing art, music and camaraderie.
With 34 artists and crafts-people currently filling the roster, several of whom are part of the original gang who began the gallery 15 years ago, the Co-op offers a varied selection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry, glasswork, wood, gourd and fabric art.
Located since 1996 in the Hotel Jerome, the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is a landmark cornerstone to the town, welcoming visitors 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
On Saturday July 2, in conjunction with the popular Jerome ARTwalk, the Jerome Artists Cooperative will feature the opening of their annual Summer Membership Show. The membership show, rather than highlight one or two artists, showcases the entire gallery membership. This year's show celebrates the gallery's 15th anniversary.
The opening night is from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and will include refreshments, and a chance to rub elbows with the gallery's artists.
The Summer Membership Show runs through Aug. 3.
For more information, visit the gallery's website at www.jeromecoop.com, or become a fan on Facebook.