Arts in Jerome

Walk into any gallery in Jerome and chances are the person who greets you is the one whose work adorns the walls. Mining copper gave birth to Jerome; mining the creative spirit keeps the town thriving.

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Jerome is many things but convenient isn’t one of them. The former mining town clings to the crumbling shoulder of Cleopatra Hill along a twisted, tortured highway a mile in the air.

No one, not even artists, end up in Jerome by accident. They are drawn there. It’s not surprising when you see views that stretch forever and light that always seems slanted—like everything else in town—adding warmth and depth to all it touches. You can spend a lifetime trying to capture that light, to get a handle on that scarred landscape, to understand what the ghosts are whispering. And that’s exactly what dozens of artistic souls do with their days.

Many communities boast galleries displaying the work of artisans living three time zones away. Walk into any gallery in Jerome and chances are the person who greets you is the one whose work adorns the walls. Mining copper gave birth to Jerome; mining the creative spirit keeps the town thriving.