Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery presents ‘Accessories for Classy Ladies’

The Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery presents a two-member exhibition featuring new work by Isabel Mathieson and Suzen Brackell.

“Accessories for Classy Ladies” will begin with an opening reception for artists during Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk on October 1, from 5-8 p.m.

Isabel Mathieson built her business, “Chacha’s [her nickname] Glass Art Studio” after retiring from a full-time job while raising a family. A third generation Arizonan, Isabel was born in Jerome into a family that encouraged arts and crafts at all levels.

At a time when there were no televisions, computers or electronics, Isabel’s childhood was filled with artistic creations. Her father taught her many jewelry making processes that she continues to use today. But also, Isabel continued to explore more processes while expanding her talents through workshops and self-study.

Isabel became a member of the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery years ago and as a result her glassware products have expanded to include baked glass and glass jewelry. After obtaining a certificate in Precious Metal Clays (PMC) in Rio Grande, she now incorporates fine silver or sterling silver in her jewelry designs.

Isabel’s functional glass art consists of candy dishes in 16 inch bowls, which can have inclusions or reactions between the glasses to enhance the artistic result.

“I can use a single material,” she says, “or a combination of materials such as art glass, dichroic glass, fine silver, or sterling silver, each with their own attributes that allow the ‘work I create to be so unique.’

The Suzen Brackell collection is “art you can wear!”

Suzen says, “I see myself as a fabric artist. The clothes I design and sew, as well as the accessories I create, are my works of art. I’m delighted to see them worn on ‘Classy Ladies’ like a kind of moving sculpture. It’s my art.

Suzen fell in love with fashion and couture at the age of twelve and eventually started her own business in 1986. Over the years, Suzen has acquired a loyal following of beautiful women across the United States and the Canada. These customers love to wear his clothes.

“Some of these gorgeous girls have been clients since I started my business,” she exclaims. Suzen is the creator of the most distinctive and easily recognizable wearable art.

Suzen’s artworks are all unique pieces. Everyone admires her designs because the fabrics used in her collections are versatile, easy to care for and radiate confidence. Suzen pours love into every piece she creates by bending and sculpting her fabrics into something that makes the wearer feel both comfortable and confident. Her clothes are ready for any adventure or special moment that awaits you.

Suzen’s new collection features a variety of chic and whimsical cardigans that are casual, stylish and comfortable while looking stylish from day to night.

“I have vests for every season; some made with luxurious faux fur and others with lighter materials that are enhanced with stylish and functional pockets. I also have a variety of headbands and scrunchies with matching earrings in my new collection. I can’t wait to show them all to you.

Meet and greet the artists at a fun opening reception on Jerome’s First Saturday Art Walk. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. The show runs from September 28 to November 29. The gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Tuesday. 928-639-4276 www.jeromecoop.com, [email protected]

Currently accepting applications from all media.

Virginia S. Braud