By Mary Rochelle Burnham
Jerome AZ (March 27, 2020) – In lieu of our normal publicity of Jerome Art Walk due to the on going risks of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to share our strengths, hopes and resilience of our individual artists and shop keepers.
Cody is painting away in Jerome, though the streets are eerily quiet, which is probably a good thing for now. Still, even artists have bills to pay, so Cody has been offering more online, including a new Videos page on his website www.codydelong.com that includes short videos for both artists and collectors. He’s also posting new works and special deals on his Facebook page – CodyDeLongStudio. ‘Art remains such a calming and healing force in these times, I’m so happy to be an artist, especially now’ ~ Cody
Christie Roberts Helm is a painter, sculptor, and light artist working in a variety of mediums including: oil, acrylic, digital, light, fused glass, and drawings among others. After recently moving her studio from Chicago to Jerome, she has been overwhelmed not only by the awe inspiring natural surroundings, but also by the incredibly supportive creative community in the area. “I feel very blessed to be part of such a diverse and productive group of artists. I am happy to report that I read recently that when it comes to COVID-19, being an artist is the 2nd safest profession–with the first being a logger. So fortunately our creative pursuits can continue uninterrupted. We will be ready to open our studios as soon as it is safe to do so with lots of new work to show the public.”
A native of Dallas, Texas, artist Christie Roberts Helm is recognized for her evocative abstract work. Helm’s work is part of private and corporate collections throughout the United States as well as England. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Colorado at Boulder, Christie pursued a career in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and juried exhibitions, including exhibiting in NEXT Chicago, The Fine Arts Center in Fort Worth, Texas and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Through the years, Helm has studied varied artistic disciplines–from historical architecture and interiors to fashion, jewelry and floral design, believing the intellectual and visual stimulation has a positive impact on her unique pieces with striking color combinations. Christie is now living and working in Arizona.