A good diversion to the regular studio practice is entering a unique piece into an exhibition. It stretches you, and might even inspire new work. The brooch above, Come Here, Go Away, is my response to Danaca Design Studio’s exhibition and fundraiser “STATE | Meant 2020: significant and powerful jewelry.” This virtual exhibition called on artists to create a piece of jewelry that makes a statement and to designate a non-profit/charity. If a piece sells, 50% will go to that artist’s chosen non-profit. Read more
I grew up on the East Coast and spent many summers kicking up sand on Rehobeth Beach. Just writing this makes me hunger for a Nic-a-boli. So it’s fun to be able to circle back and be part of the Heidi Lowe Gallery annual “Earrings Galore” exhibition featuring work by 30 artists from around the U.S. and abroad.
The show will be up for the whole year with an opening reception on June 29 from 6-8pm. But it’s coming to Portland as a pop-up exhibition as part of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) annual conference. The exhibition is open to the public, so if you’re in the area, please stop by.
Portland pop-up location: 219 SW 9th Ave. in Portland, OR.
Opening night: Thursday, May 24, 3–6 pm
Additional hours: Friday, May 25, 3–6 pm and Saturday, May 26, 1–3 pm
There are many more exhibitions going on as part of the SNAG Conference, not all of which involve metals. Here is a list of happenings that are open to the public. I’ll have work on display at both Alchemy Jewelers and Annie Meyer Galleries.
Thursday, May 24th
Pearl Arts District Galleries
5 pm–8 pm
I’m honored to be in a group art show at one of my favorite places in Portland—Powell’s Books. The show, entitled “Edges,” includes work from seven Portland artists working in a variety of mediums, from found object assemblage to collage to painting. The show will be up till the end of November. Check it out while you’re there loading up on holiday gifts. The four collages on the right are mine. Enjoy!
Join me for the 3rd Annual Studio Holiday Pop-Up. Each year I include other makers for a unique shopping experience. All local, all handmade goods. Shop jewelry, paintings and organic chocolate candy.
Meet artist Consu Tolosa whose tiny personita paintings on reclaimed wood make for a joyful gift.
Oregon Bark‘s Anne Smith makes all-organic peanut butter flake candy bars and Hazel Jones, candied hazelnut butter and rosemary candy bars. She’ll have gift packs and samples on hand.
Avoid the crowds, enjoy some refreshments and give the gift of handmade.
Saturday, December 2 from 11 am–5 pm.
1915 NE 12th Avenue
So nice to have a photo to share of an exhibition in which I have about 13 pieces of jewelry. Very cheerful! The title of the exhibition is called “Likeness,” and is on view till October 1 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s ARTSpace in Wisconsin.
From their website:
As part of our yearlong celebration of 50 years of art at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, ARTspace connects works by five contemporary artists to works housed in our collections. These works were not created in reaction or response to our collections; they were made unbeknownst to it in a separate time and space. However, the work bears a resemblance, a likeness in style, material, or concept.
I was very honored to be invited into this exhibition, a first for me in my fledgling jewelry endeavor. I’m familiar with the work of a few of the other artists, but a lovely surprise was being included with Ayn Hanna, whose work I’d admired at the American Craft Council Baltimore show in 2016.
All work is for sale.
Aside from some hip and leg pain from standing for three solid days, my first big craft show was enough of a success that I’m not in the hole. After months of preparing, it was a pleasure to emerge from the studio and meet attendees and other artists. It was also a treat to wander some old stomping grounds of Baltimore, to see DC-area friends and even have some gnocchi in Little Italy.
The lead up
Sometimes I wonder why I didn’t give myself a year to explore this new venture. Instead, I applied to the show not thinking I’d get in. But I did get in, and there seemed to be plenty of time to prepare. Between my day job as a brand and communication designer, I was running around town picking up clips for lights, fabric for a backdrop, tissue to wrap purchases, then I’d go back into the studio to hammer, saw, solder, file and form jewelry. While I worked on jewelry, I worried I should focus on the display. While I fixated on the booth display, I worried that I didn’t have enough jewelry inventory. Unlike other jewelry artists, I don’t have a backlog of inventory.
During it all, I reminded myself there’s a first time for everything. By the time I got to Baltimore, it was a relief to stop thinking about it. There are not many do overs in life. In the case of shows, every new show is a do over. You just have to resist the temptation to reinvent the wheel for the next one.
Me? Not very hip or pop Read more
Portland is the city of roses, and so each June these flowers (and more) are celebrated via a number of activities, one of which is the Dragon Boat Race.
Portland artist Alea Bone created an art exhibition called “Fire on the Water” as a celebration of the dragon boat races. I’m honored to be one of the 75 invited artists to show a piece (a perk of being in the same art club). This art exhibition is an official Rose Festival event. You can get a sampling of the work on the Fire on the Water Facebook page.
This is my submission. I wanted to capture in an abstract way what I imagine dragon boat racing to feel like. This is acrylic and pencil on wood.
The opening reception is June 4 and the show will be up for one month.
Date: June 4 | Time: 5–8 pm | Location: Portland’5 Center for the Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, Hatfield Hall.
Update: I was happy to arrive to the opening reception and find that my painting sold. Thank you whoever you are!