(Mimi’s Open Studio / Courtesy)
Mimi’s Open Studio and Gallery in Jerome is scheduled to host an artists reception featuring the current work of Jerome sculptor, welder and figurative artist Jessica Laurel Reese on Friday, October 1, according to a press release.
The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mimi’s, 420 Hull Ave., Jerome.
Reese was born to two artist parents in Marin County, California, a day after the biggest flood of the century. She grew up on a Victorian farmhouse whose basement housed Studio 311, a jewelry business her parents owned and run for decades, and continues to create intaglio alliances today.
Inspired by the creativity that transpired in her own home, Reese herself turned to creativity at a very young age. Her mother, a former design professor at the Gemological Institute of America, nurtured her interest in the arts and began teaching her to draw at the kitchen table at the age of nine. Reese began taking painting lessons at the age of 12 and worked exclusively in two dimensions until she discovered sculpture.
Reese studied sculpture at the College of Marin for three years, working primarily in plaster and steel and received the Marge C. Cutler Award for Excellence in Sculpture, until she transferred to the California College of the Arts (CCA) located in Oakland, California. She has worked in numerous media at CCA, ranging from interactive light and sound art to printmaking, metallic arts and quilts. Reese graduated with Distinction from California College of the Arts in 2006 with a BA in Fine Arts and Sculpture.
Reese moved to the Verde Valley in the spring of 2009. She continued her creative activities in Arizona, which involved two lines of jewelry, figure drawings, paintings, photographs, performance poetry and organizing. events.
She has exhibited in Flagstaff, Jerome, Sedona and Cottonwood, as well as in Oakland and San Francisco. His most current work is exploring the relationship between the second and third dimension and creating a plane and space with a line through a welded steel rod. She continues to create from her eternal interest in the human figure and is greatly inspired by natural phenomena.
Start your October “Roam in Jérôme” weekend. Refreshments and music from Sir Mighty on the porch of House of Joy.
For more information, contact Mimi Romberger by email at [email protected]
Information provided by Mimi’s Open Studio and Gallery.