August Featured Artist of the Month: Beth Courtright-Detwiler
"Art is my charter on the way to knowing and being known. I like using primary and secondary colors, with contrasting black and white, because it reminds me of childhood." - Beth Courtright-Detwiler
Beth's painting style is heavily influenced by "symbolist" and "abstract-figurative" artists of the early to mid 20th Century Moderns. She also has a great deal of interest in the iconic and intriquing images of ancient civilizations, particularly the cultures of the Ancient Near East. Beth likes naive art, outsider art and urban street art genres because of their authenticity in expression. Her studio will be hosting an ART POP-UP event at the Jerome Art Center on Saturday, August 4th. This free public arts event is open to visitors of all ages and will be held during the day, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and again during the evening's Open Studio Jerome Art Walk tour, 5 - 8 p.m. You can find Beth in Building A, Studio 301.
Art Show & Music Hosted by Red Bench™ Gallery
The party starts at 5 p.m. with Red Bench™ Gallery's August Artist, Mr. Babies, and concert by DJ Dexx.
This is the artist's debut show, and his first public appearance ever. Mr. Babies' "Psychedelic Analog Collage Art" will be on display with selected limited editions available for purchase in Building A, at the end of the hallway on the bottom floor.
DJ Dexx will be performing outside at the back of the buildings on the old tennis court. Join the dance party and enjoy the light-show till 10 p.m.
HOW TO GET HERE: When driving up the mountain on 89A, the Jerome Art Center is the first set of buildings on the lefthand side of the road. There is a driveway between the first 2 buildings - take that and go around to the back parking lot. The DJ will be performing outside to the right of the parking lot. Nearest building is: 887 Hampshire Avenue, Jerome AZ 86331. Parking is limited, car-pooling is suggested. You can also take advantage of the free shuttle service and park at the top parking lot behind the fire station (see map below.)
Collaborative Community Art Event with Karon Leigh
Karon Leigh invites families with children ten and under to participate in a free collaborative painting process, working together to create a mural-sized painting celebrating life in the Verde Valley from 10am – 1pm in studio 201 of building A. When children engage in hands-on art activities, they learn much better in all disciplines. Collaborative art projects connect children with a shared language that crosses other cultural boundaries. The finished work will be on display during Art Walk, 5-8pm.
Free Shuttle Service
The FREE Shuttle Service picks up and drops off at the Jerome Art Center parking lot. Enjoy First Saturday Art Walk by visiting our artists, then take the Shuttle up the hill. We are the first building(s) on the lefthand side of 89A as you enter Jerome from Clarkdale/Cottonwood. You can't miss us!
Work Studios for Rent
Various work studios are now available for immediate lease. Visit our website and call John Westcott at 928.821.2692, to schedule a day and time to see them. Check back again in September as more studios become available. Click here for more information.
Built in 1923, the Jerome Art Center, formerly the Jerome High School evolved from the state-of-the-art early 20th century high school facility built to support a thriving mining town of over 10,000 people.
The school was in operation from 1924 - 1951. Closed in 1960, it was reopened in the fall of the same year as Mingus Union High School. The last graduating class was in 1975. With an influx of creative people to the town in the 1970's and 1980's, the facility became a favored workplace of local artists and musicians because of its creative atmosphere and spacious rooms. Today the buildings are occupied by a diverse range of creative minds.
Visit us during the Jerome First Saturday Art Walk on November 4th, 2017, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. We have a variety of available work studios for rent. Stop in and check them out during your visit. Our November Featured Artist of the Month is Robert Jackson. Meet Robert while you're here.
Our Featured Artist of the Month: Robin Anderson in Building C.
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable trips you could take would be to visit the Anderson Mandette Gallery in the historic mining town of Jerome AZ. Located in the Jerome Art Center, the gallery is a lesson in history as well as an art experience! The library is filled with Robin Anderson's large landscapes of the Verde Valley. Stop by this weekend!
Jerome First Saturday Art Walk: Saturday, October 7th, from 5 - 8:00 p.m.
The newest member of the Art Walk is at the Jerome Art Center. Check out Red Bench Gallery in Building A, upstairs in Studio 306. October's Featured Photographer, Sue Gregory, will be showing 10 of her top favorite photos from around Jerome and Sedona. Join them for free "starving artist soup" and wine (while supplies last.)
Our newest occupant in Building B, Jerome History Tours.
Bringing the Past to Life: Through our one-hour walking tour, we are providing the guest with a first hand look at what the "Wickedest City in the West" used to look and feel like. Using detailed photographs and history, we are trying to paint the very vivid picture of historic Jerome and how it operated from the 1870's all the way to the present.
We have work studio rentals in buildings A, B and C. Check them out during the First Saturday Art Walk! Click on this link to view the variety of different square footage and rental rates available. CURRENT RENTALS.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website, jeromeartcenter.com. Here you will find our current studio vacancies, as well as parking, storage and courtyard rentals. Check out the history of the Old Jerome High School and photo archive. Be sure to read about who we are and what the center is about. Discover the various artists who occupy the buildings and don't forget to sign up for our updates. There is a lot going on at the Jerome Art Center!
Plein Air Painter, Mark Hemleben, is our Featured Artist this month. "There's a magnificence in the still solitude of nature." Impressionist Landscape Artist, Mark Hemleben, captures the intensity in his plein air oils, documenting the change of light and the dance of shadows and colors. "Its vibrancy and harmony and splendor are what inspires me to capture the abundance of life and energy, the constant change of light and season."
Join us this evening for the July First Saturday Art Walk from 5 - 8 p.m. We are located at the top of the first hill on the left-hand side of the road. A free shuttle service is available from our parking lot to Uptown Jerome. Meet our local artists and support our community. See you there!