A Jeweler’s Art, a contemporary jewelry gallery located in the Paseo Arts District , is hosting its first call for entry show, organizers said.
Titled Spirituality in Jewelry and Metals this event sought local and national jewelers for entry into the show.
The exhibit will open for the First Friday Walk on July 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and will run through the month of July. This metalsmith and jewelry medium allows artists to pursue a format of communication pertaining to the spirituality theme.
A featured piece was created by Leah Hardy, a pendant based on a Tibetan “gau”, a small metal container used to carry amulet objects associated with Buddhism.
She says “this pendant connects to the idea of growth, transformation and the life cycle to imbue the piece with the concept of the ephemeral nature of life.” Leah Hardy is currently an Associate Professor of Metalsmithing from the Art Department at the University of Wyoming.
The Spirituality in Jewelry and Metals show demonstrates that metals and jewelry is a perfect receptacle for personal adornment.
“I created this show because meaning or belief can be imbedded in a piece of art, in this case jewelry, and it carries special value beyond the materials themselves,” said Sheridan Conrad. “This value is carried over to the wearer and to the viewer.”
Conrad is the owner of A Jeweler’s Art, which represents her own work and seven local and two out of state jewelers.
Another entry is a necklace titled “Sun Goddess”. “I gain strength, faith, and reassurance by hiking in the woods or being on top of a mountain.” says Hazel Studstill, a Pennsylvania artist.
The event was juried by Chris Ramsay, is currently Head of the Art Department at OSU in Stillwater, who is an accomplished metalsmith. Chris Ramsay has taught classes at the OSU campus in jewelry and metals since 1990.
A Jeweler’s Art is at 3018 Paseo Drive. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon until 6:00 p.m. Visit www.ajewelersart.com
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