Wicked Town Mosaics
I live, create, exhibit and sell my mosaic art in the "ghost town" of Jerome, Arizona. In 1902 the New York Times called Jerome "the wickedest town in the West" and thus the name: Wicked Town Mosaics.
Jerome was founded in 1876 on the hair-raising slopes of Cleopatra Hill, approximately 2,000 feet above the Verde Valley. The mines (copper, silver, gold, and more) on which the town and its residents depended on closed in 1953, at which time all but 50 or so of the 15,000 residents left for employment elsewhere. Over the decades the town fell into decay for the most part; however, slowly the town began to come back to life by those looking for cheap housing (think "artists"), cooler weather, or just a slower and more salubrious environment. These brave people saw beauty in the crumbling town with the unparalleled view of the red rocks of Sedona. And it was these adventurers who paved the way for others seeking peace in the charming and fascinating town of Jerome.
Today, Jerome is an eccentric community of about 450 residents, many of them artists. Jerome is also Arizona's 3rd largest tourist attraction, the Grand Canyon and the red rocks of Sedona being 1st and 2nd. It is 90 miles north of Phoenix, 20 miles south of Sedona and 150 miles south of the Grand Canyon.
I currently exhibit and sell my work at the Jerome Artists' Cooperative Gallery, 502 Main Street, Jerome. Come on by and visit us. We have 35 local artists so it's quite a feast for the eyes! Trip Advisor ranked us #1 out of 39 things to do in Jerome. We are open every day from 10-6. We also participate in Jerome's Art Walk, the first Saturday of each month, from 5-8 p.m. Many of the galleries offer snacks, wine and music. Please join us!