During the month of March we will be featuring the leatherwork and fine jewelry of Cathy Ronstadt Jolma!
Cathy was born into a Tucson pioneer family, and spent her childhood on a ranch in southern Arizona riding horses and raising Hereford cattle. She grew up surrounded by artists and musicians, and early on began incorporating the heritage of her family and Arizona’s diverse natural beauty into her own art. She has now lived in Flagstaff for many years and the influence of the mountains and the forests is especially strong.
Cathy skillfully sews, hand-tools, and paints leather to create art for everyday use, from journals to purses to wallets to holsters to tablet cases. She combines traditional mediums such as leather, hair, and even old coins to give her pieces a southwestern cowboy style while embracing contemporary fashion and needs. Her pieces feel rustic and personal, tangible art to be touched, worn, and used. Silver, leather, and semi-precious stones complement each other in her jewelry for men and women.
We are excited to host Cathy in the gallery during the First Friday ArtWalk on March 1st. Come by between 6pm-9pm to meet her and hear the music of Flagstaff acoustic duo Mystic Harvest, and enjoy a fun night of art and music!