Wed, April 08

Artists reception at Jerona

Works by Jeanne Jones are among those featured at Jerona Java Cafe in Cottonwood.

Works by Jeanne Jones are among those featured at Jerona Java Cafe in Cottonwood.

Jeanne Jones and Alice "Daena" Hickey are exceptional watercolor artists whose paintings reflect a unique - and very personal view - of the natural world. Join them this Saturday, Oct. 5, from noon to 2 p.m. for refreshments, conversation, and a chance to see their latest work.

Jones is a Montana native who spent many years in Alaska, where the sky is ultramarine and the colors muted, very different, she says, from the "intense" light and color of the Southwest. She is passionate about the "luminosity and transparency" of watercolor," using it - and more recently, watercolor along with other media - to create paintings that make an emotional connection with the viewer." Releasing," done in watercolor and pencil over a woodcut print she'd made years before, is just one example of a new direction that she hopes will further this connection.

A former teacher and business owner, Jones is past president and juried member of NAWS, a member of EVAA, and an active volunteer who works with the Verde Valley Fair Association, Yes the ARC, and the Weavers Guild to help organize the art display at the local fair. Her work is in galleries throughout the area. 

Hickey is a contemporary artist who paints in watercolor on canvas. She was raised in St Louis Missouri, where she began art lessons at the age of five. She moved to Arizona in 1962; her first exhibits were in Scottsdale galleries. Says one reviewer, "Her technique combines naturalism with expressionism, aesthetically creating all-over compositions filling the entire reaches of the canvas with playful scenes..."

Hickey's first position in Arizona was as an illustrator for Motorola in Phoenix. Later, she taught art for Yavapai College in Prescott. In addition to showings in and around the Verde Valley, she exhibits year round at the Amsterdam Whitney Fine Art Gallery in New York, Chelsea.

Jerona Java Café and Gifts is located at 677 E. Mingus Ave. in Cottonwood. The show runs through Nov. 19. For store hours or other information, please contact the Café at 928-639-1234.

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