Monday, March 5, 2018

Gallery Opening

Yesterday's opening was quite a success - very much worth the 5 hour round trip journey.

The gallery was full of visitors from the minute the doors opened and it was still going strong when my husband and I had to leave at 2:30. For a small museum, Bellefonte has quite a following, many people who loyally attend First Sunday gallery openings. Its quite a testament to the tireless volunteers and employees who have worked so hard to build its reputation over the past
10 years or so.

Currently there is a pen and ink exhibit, photography, digital art, fiber collage and in the Windows gallery, colorful Kanga garments from East Africa.

If you visit please be sure not to the miss the Underground Railroad exhibit on the third floor. A small but clever display allows visitors to see the two secret rooms recently found in the building that hid escaped slaves on their way to Canada. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Bellefonte Art Museum Gallery Show

I'm honored to be the featured jeweler for March at The Bellefonte Museum of Art in Bellefonte, PA. (For reference this small town is just to the north of State College, home to Penn State.) Its  charming - the county seat for Centre county with a largely intact Victorian era downtown.

The museum itself is in a beautiful limestone structure built in 1810 and is on the National Historic Registry. It contains multiple galleries with rotating exhibits and a permanent Underground Railroad exhibit.

My work will fill three cases in the upstairs jewelry gallery.

I had this same opportunity back in 2015 but I wasn't able to attend the opening. This time, my husband and I will be there. Opening is 12-4:30 and I intend to be there for at least the first couple of hours. I'd love to meet you if you can make it!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Recycled Redeemed Earrings

I just spent several days configuring and reconfiguring a new batch of Redeemed earrings. Each pair is made from recycled, previously cured, polymer components. I carve, sand, paint, drill and/or cure again - whatever is necessary to take them from leftover part to new earring.

I think I'm going to move toward adding some brooches to this line, sort of 3D collage really. They'll take a little more engineering than the earrings though.

This entire batch is going to my March gallery show at The Bellefonte Art Museum . I think I made 33 pairs so its slightly tempting to put a couple of them in the shop instead but I'm interested in seeing them all displayed together organized according to color at the show.

Friday, February 9, 2018

NYC Field Trip

We're back from an NYC field trip - part business exploration, part art inspiration.

gold collar, south america

african mask, 19th century

The main purpose of the trip was to check out NY Now the big (oh it big) wholesale trade show held twice a year at the Javits Center. I was able to attend as a potential future "non exhibiting manufacturer".
gold earrings, south america

Secondarily but no less important was the time we spent at The Met, The Whitney and the Museum of Art and Design. For me going to art museums is one of the most renewing things to do - I leave, brain awash with ideas, visuals and wisdom but somehow also relaxed.

Paul Klee
Frank Stella

Jasper Johns

Thirdly, a goal of every city enjoy non-American food. (And given the current political situation, eating food skillfully prepared by immigrants to the US almost feels like taking a stand.) We had fantastic Korean, Greek and Cuban food and superb service. Surely NYC would grind to halt if it ever stops welcoming immigrants.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

And the shops are open!

Both of my shops are now re-opened as I celebrate 50 trips around the sun! (Official celebration on Friday and including Thai food, so I am told ;-)

My web store holds newer work and my Etsy shop will be for older work, beads, samples and so on. If you make a purchase from both shops at the same time, I'll be happy to combine shipping.

This is the largest of the new work - a three strand statement necklace in Ocean blue. It stands out equally as well on black as it does on lighter colors.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Online shops re-open in just five days!

Its just five day until my shops re-open and I'm hot and heavy into the parts of this whole selling my work on-line thing that I am least thrilled about - photography and sundry, organizational computer stuff. 

I'm taking a much needed day away from technology today to take a felting class - something I've wanted to do for quite some time. Who knows how that material may find its way into my work at some point. Someday. Maybe.

Either way, I think the exploration in another material and simply getting out of "these four walls" will be good for me. 

Just a reminder, friends on my email list get all the info. on sales, special discounts just for them and first dibs on one-of-a-kind pieces. If you haven't already done so and are interested in signing up just click the black bar at the top of my website. I never, ever, ever share your information. Ever.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Reversible multi-strand necklace

Here's a look at my new reversible, multi-strand necklace. One side is blue and and the other white (or would you call it grey?) so you've got two color choices in one piece.

I'm not sure if you'd call it a statement necklace. That's all really a matter of perspective I suppose is amazingly lightweight.

Noticed the clasp. (Yes, proud of that bit especially.) Its hand fabricated sterling silver and easy to use.

This design will be available starting January 24 when my shop re-opens. If you'd like you can sign up for my email list for details.