We are fortunate to have a group of friends that seem to enjoy creating with a bit of a pack mentality. We are all passionate about either glass or fabric, to varying degrees, as well as a few other artistic endeavors. Hence the name, "The Jack of Arts". Not to say we are "masters of none" because some of us have mastered quite a few artsy things.
Jack is a collective of artistic souls who have promised to continue to grace us with their offerings. We have award winners in many categories: quilting, torchwork beadmaking, fusing, sandblasting, glass painting. Jack's artists do what they do because it's their bliss, quite simply put.
Some of us make quilts to warm beds and some make quilts for walls that make you smile. Some spend hours over a flame just to create one perfect glass bead. And still others devote days and multiple kiln firings to create a fused vessel that can serve as a beautiful dish or become a focal point when displayed in a room.
Then there are those of us who get the greatest joy restoring, repurposing or remaking something that may otherwise end up in the trash (sometimes that's where we find them). Quilts from bits and pieces, fused plates from scrap glass, usable furniture from cast-off parts and rugs from selvage ends of fabric - just a few that come to mind.
The Jack of Arts came together with donations from kitchen remodels, two office remodels and lots of friends and family that just 'gave to the cause'. You'll see all of these things in our counters, displays and cutting table. We gathered all our partially used gallons (and colors) of paint and covered all the walls. We actually only bought 2 gallons and 1 new quart of paint. We used old lumber that was salvaged when we dismanted 20 year old glass racks in our Tempe stained glass store as well as put its old classroom and demo tables back to service. We used doors that had been stored in my Dad's barn for who knows how long. We picked up stacks of old steel sash windows at demo sites in Globe and Safford (thank you kind souls). We used old tin that had blown off our barn's roof across the river as well as the stamped tin ceiling that was original to the Jack's building. (Sadly, we had to take it down because of extensive water damage, but we saved absolutely as many of the good pieces as possible to find its next life.)
I must say at this point that absolutely none of this would have actually come together if my husband, Roger, wasn't such a Jack of ALL Trades. He made the 1980's kitchen cabinets come together for an amazing front counter with a fabulous mosaic top, notions wall/desk and (my personal favorite) a 12 foot cutting table that all quilters would (and do) envy. He is an electrician, plumber, drywall dude and unfailingly artistic in all his endeavors.
We are housed in the historic Cooper Building (1900) on Main Street in Safford. This building has been home to pharmacies, diners, boutiques and now us. We want you to feel the great karma when you walk through the door.
All the things we do -- we want to share with you. If you don't see it on our Class Calender; ask us and we will try our darnest to help you learn it. Or just come support the artistic endeavors of our artisans; you can buy a bit of their bliss.
You never know WHAT you'll find at Jack's.
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