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9/30/2013 3:38:00 PM
It's Art Walk weekend in Jerome
The Miner’s Pick Rock Shop is located in the Clubhouse next to The Surgeon’s House on Hill Street. Walk up the charming narrow street to see this incredible collection of fascinating specimens as well of one of a kind furniture.
The Miner’s Pick Rock Shop is located in the Clubhouse next to The Surgeon’s House on Hill Street. Walk up the charming narrow street to see this incredible collection of fascinating specimens as well of one of a kind furniture.
Isabel “Chacha” Mathieson and Fred Reinhardt
Isabel “Chacha” Mathieson and Fred Reinhardt
'Our Glass Obsession' debuts at Jerome Artists Co-Op Gallery
"Glass has always intrigued me. I have always loved glass and collected glass," said Isabel "Chacha" Mathieson, in trying to explain her obsession with this amazing material. Even when cooled to a solid form it manages to retain its liquid appearance, a swirl of colors and clarity. Chacha and fellow glass artist Fred Reinhardt will share their mutual fascination by showcasing new works in "Our Glass Obsession," a featured show at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery opening Saturday, Oct. 5.

Both long-time members of the co-op, Mathieson and Reinhardt have very different styles when it comes to glass, yet both share a brilliant color sense and passion for pattern and texture.

Isabel Mathieson, known by many as Chacha, is a third generation Arizonan, born in Jerome's United Verde Hospital, now known as the Jerome Grand Hotel. Jerome plays an important part in Chacha's family history. Her grandparents were both originally from Jalisco, Mexico, and met and married in El Paso, Texas.

They moved to Jerome when Arizona was only a territory, settling on Main Street in 1910 where they lived with their children, one of which was Chacha's mother. After World War II, plexi-glass became plentiful and Chacha's father, Frank Gallego began experimenting with it.

He started out making lamps with shades and matching picture frames, carving roses and cactus into the plexi-glass. When orders were plentiful he created his art studio, Gallego Carvings, specializing in jewelry. "I remember watching him as he carved roses and cactus for pendants and earrings," Chacha recalls, inspired by his talents, "As we were able to handle it, my dad taught us to use the grinder, buffer, and drills, and attach findings on the earrings and pendants. My dad and mother were always teaching and encouraging us to develop our own artistic talents."

Her fused glass is an assemblage based on a design or pattern, "I draw out my patterns and select glass colors. Either way, I hand cut each piece of glass and sometimes I use machinery for curves and intricate cuts. Then I grind, clean the pieces and assemble them like a puzzle." The assembled piece is put in the kiln to fuse, a process which takes 15 to 18 hours to complete, depending on the size and thickness of the piece.

Upon retirement, with her children grown, Chacha returned to her roots in the Verde Valley, and furthered her education in the art via additional glass classes.

Nebraska-native Fred Reinhardt has been involved with photography, printing and graphic arts since he was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1969.

"My glass obsession started in the late fall of 1996 when the owner of the local stained glass shops persuaded me to take a stained glass class, explained Mr. Reinhardt.

Though he has no formal training in fine art, his innate knack for graphics, color and composition are evident in the bold style of his stained glass. His glasswork often depicts sunny desert landscapes, starry nights and other easily recognizable nature scenes, though Reinhardt also showcases fine mastery of abstract designs as well.

"Our Glass Obsession" opens Saturday, Oct. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in conjunction with Jerome's popular first Saturday ARTwalk event. The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is located at 502 Main, in the former Hotel Jerome.

Enjoy the fall evening in Jerome during the October 5th first Saturday Art Walk. Once again, the magical mountain town will be hosting a night filled with art, music and refreshments galore. From one end of town to the other, Jerome is filled with exciting and original art.

From Patrick Lincoln in The New State Motor Company to Anderson-Mandette in the Old Jerome High School... there is a fresh energy to the vibrant art scene in Jerome. With 22 participating galleries and studios and many sponsoring businesses and restaurants offering specials, this is a festive night in Jerome.

Visit Jerome Art Walk on the first Saturday of every month from 5-8 p.m. A free shuttle transports visitors throughout the evening. For more information visit or call Donna at (928) 649-2277.

Two new sponsors have joined the Art Walk fold this fall. Vaqueros Grill and Cantina is Southwest inspired Mexican food for the 'soul.' Located in the 1st Safeway building in the State of Arizona, it features handcrafted sterling silver jewelry and fine artwork.

The Flatiron, the exclusive gallery for PhotoFlashbacks, featuring the rare and unpublished 1960's Rock n' Roll concert photography of the late Doug Hartley, will be showcasing prints of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Cream, Simon and Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper. Visit the PhotoFlashbacks Gallery in the historic Flatiron Building at 416 Main St. for espresso, sweets and Rock n' Roll!

Cellar 433 / Bitter Creek Winery gears up for the fall art season with three vibrant and fresh Arizona artists joining the gallery!  Vicky Woods brings individually selected, precious stones hand wrapped and woven with argentium silver, copper and 14K gold. The winery welcomes beautiful rustic metal and glass sculpture by Diego, a man of as much mystery as talent and the intuition of Rebecca Ann Kolbeck, manifested in oil on canvas.

The Miner's Pick Rock Shop features handmade live-edge furniture and home décor, along with a great selection of gem stones, jewelry, crystals, minerals and fossils. Located at 123 Hill Street, on the way to the Grand Hotel.

In the mid 1500's the Spanish arrived in Mexico and found the indigenous people weaving personal garments on back strap looms. The Spaniards introduced larger foot looms, which are still used today for blankets, table linens and wider fabrics. Dress up your table this season with hand woven table linens from Patzcuaro, Mexico; use richly colored fabric napkins for textural accents.  Check out the Muy Picante Latin motif aprons and hot mitts from the Baja. All featured this month at Casa Latina. Music by in-house artist Duane Ewing at the Merchants Gathering Building, 300 Hull Avenue.

On the evening of the October Jerome Art Walk Pura Vida Gallery will host an incredible trunk show for jewelry artist Annamarie Sabo. Annamarie's organic designs are inspired by the beautiful treasures of the Southwest desert.  All pieces are cast from skeletons of the prickly pear cactus and then adorned with gemstones such as topaz, garnets, turquoise, or diamonds. Join Annamarie from 5-8 p.m. on the evening of the Art Walk and Sunday, Oct. 6 from 1-4 p.m. to see her spectacular creations.  Pura Vida will host a champagne and chocolate reception on the evening of the Art Walk.

At The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, "Our Glass Obsession" opens Saturday, Oct. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in conjunction with Jerome's popular First Saturday Art Walk event. Isabel Matthieson and Fred Reinhardt will show new glass art at this lovely Jerome gallery. The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is located at 502 Main, in the former Hotel Jerome. Gallery hours are 10am-6pm daily. The show runs through Dec. 5. For more information visit or call 928-639-4276.

Cody DeLong has just returned from the Grand Canyon plein air event. This is an invitational event and Cody has been a part of it since its inception. He has been a top seller each year, and won the event in 2010. Cody has also recently completed some new still life paintings, stop in and have a look. Cody DeLong Studio/Gallery 300 Hull Ave. next to the visitor's center. 928-300-4576 Live music and refreshments.

Zen Mountain Gallery is pleased to welcome Matagi Sorensen to the gallery for a trunk show and jewelry demonstration. Matagi is originally from the Verde Valley and a member of the Yavapai Apache Nation. He is a BFA graduate of NAU who honors traditional processes while masterfully creating contemporary jewelry, which is modern and sophisticated. His approach to design makes him a perfect fit for Zen Mountain Gallery's emphasis on contemporary and contemplative art. Please join us for this special opportunity to meet Matagi.

Gallery 527 welcomes back ceramic artist Mary Phoenix, returning from a four year adventure in Asheville, NC where her work is sold at A Gardener's Place at the esteemed Biltmore Estate. This talented local favorite will debut all new work featuring wall sconces adorned with nature's bounty. Grape leaves, lizards, twigs, and textured embellishments, all make these fascinating one of a kind pieces remarkable and collectible art. Well known for her fabulous female torsos, expect to see at least one of these gems hanging in the gallery on October 5th. A series of functional ceramic mugs will also be shown along with a sculptural giant leaf with an iguana.

As a welcome back gift to her collectors, Mary and the gallery will raffle a large wall piece valued at $300 on the night of art walk. Tickets are $5 each and the drawing will be October 5th at 7:45 in Gallery 527.

Buy your tickets in advance at the gallery. You do not need to be present to win this treasure. Shipping will be arranged for an out of town winner. For more information, contact Donna at (928) 301-3004.

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