Bling and Beyond

Partners Gallery is hosting a special jewelry show for the month of February, 2019. The gallery currently represents eight contemporary jewelers and is inviting nine additional artists for this show. Most are from Northern California but others hail from as far away as New York City and Montpellier, France.

Patti Wells, Japanese Farmhouse Neckpiece, enamel, sterling silver

A variety of materials, techniques and styles are on display. Included are jewelers who use gold, silver, bronze and enamel along with pearls and a variety of beautiful and unusual gemstones. One artist makes rings solely with precious metal clay which transforms, when fired, to fine silver, copper and brass. Another creates dramatic fine silver pieces fused with 24k gold and silver dust. There are also imaginative pieces using sea glass, Victorian antiques, and even dried and pressed vegetables.

Annette Jarvie – necklace, Fine metals, salvage, Victorian antiques and found objects

Annette Jarvie’s statement about her work: “My punk rock roots inspire a touch of steampunk – a mash up of the Victorian age of invention and futuristic punk-rock. In the pieces I make, I incorporate fine metals and salvage Victorian antiques and found objects.”

Margaret Dorfman – Lime with Spinach & Gold leaf Earrings

Lia Vincenza’s ancient techniques meet modern styling. Her designs evoke crumbling ruins, rooftop gardens and glittering skylines. Precious gems and pearls, handwoven gold wire and an instinct for balance make for atmospheric jewelry that is timeless in design.

Lia Vincenza, Woven gold pearl hoops

Nancy Gardiner works with a particular attraction to Art Deco and art Nouveau styles. Her one of a kind jewelry, is much inspired by her elegant Grandmother.

Nancy Gardner – Earrings of Black Spinel, Tourmalinated Quartz, 14k, Sterling

American by birth, Suzanne Otwell Negre has doubtless kept in her heart something of the landscape and extraordinary architecture of the Orient, where she grew up. Over all and under all are the dazzling light and the rich shade of villages in the south of France where she has made her home for over 30 years.

Colleen Schenck – Running Rabbit, sterling silver

Colleen Schenck writes of her work: “I work primarily in metal fabrication, but try not to let the traditional metal techniques dictate the form or design. Certain types of images speak to me and over the years have become a part of my personal visual language. architectural forms frame animal shapes, archetypal motifs, and stylized leaves. The symbolic quality of hearts, hands and crosses give my work a ritualistic appeal as well as a sense of ancestral memory.”

“After weaving tapestries for about 15 years, I began making jewelry. I create mixed media jewelry using metal , fiber enamels, polymer, clay and beads. A variety of techniques allows me to create work that is diverse and eclectic.”

Ellen Athens – Necklace, metal, fiber, enamels, polymer clay, beads

Dana Driver – Found #1, wire, stone
Hitomi Jacobs – Pearl Twig Necklace
Yvonne Giambrone Martin – sterling silver and Carnelian
Yvonne Giambrone Martin – Sterling silver and jade

Yvonne Giambrone-Martin has been creating jewelry in Northern California for forty years.

“Summers with my grandmother on the Navajo reservation, time spent with my mother in the X-ray darkroom and extensive travel have contributed to the designs of my jewelry and wearable art. Using contemporary interpretations of ethnic designs and incorporating mechanical elements, I work in precious metals with natural stones.”

Judith Beam, Ring – 18 and 22k gold, natural brown diamond

Judith Beam says of her work: ” I have made jewelry all of my life, my love of adornment has led me from clay and buttons as a child to precious metals and gemstones combined to form unique one of a kind sculptures I strive to create fluid elegant designs with texture and movement, accented with the color and complexity of gemstones. “

Mary Neuer Lee – Rings, Fine silver, Precious Metal clay CZs

Ocean Reflections

Partners Gallery and five other Mendocino County coastal galleries are exhibiting artwork about the ocean during the month of January.  This exhibition opened to a significant gathering of people supporting the preservation of the ocean, the coast, and artistic interpretation of the beloved waters.

Marc Yasskin, Dusk

Paintings, sculpture and mixed media “Ocean Reflections” will be shown in Fort Bragg at Partners Gallery, Northcoast Artists’ Gallery and Fire Glass Gallery. In Mendocino, featured ocean-themed work will be a part of the Mendocino Art Center and Artists’ Coop of Mendocino exhibitions. The Artists’ Collective in Elk will also participate in this community effort.  

Our coast and ocean is a source of inspiration and creativity for artists in all mediums.  Evocative work will be presented through a wide range of drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, blown glass, light fixtures, vessels, jewelry, photography, paper & fabric constructions.

Rachel Binah, Peligac II

Constantly reminded by its extraordinary beauty —yet wary of the risks and threats to our coast and ocean by repeated attempts to industrialize it—coastal residents have an emotional, sometimes spiritual, relationship with the ocean.  Existential environmental considerations are crucial to our very existence. Most know the importance of a clean and healthy marine environment for our planet home to survive.  Others focus on its magnificence.  Since everything we do is in proximity to the ocean, we are constantly aware of its significance – both personally and collectively.

Ryan Grossman, And Then It Was Gone
Ginny Stearns, Sea Anemone

The timing of the art exhibits calls attention to the expectation that the Trump Administration’s new Outer Continental Shelf 5-Year-Leasing-Plan will be unveiled in January or February. Trump has opened the prospect of oil, gas and mineral exploitation in all public lands, including submerged lands offshore.

People are urged to write about their concerns when the time for public comments on the Outer Continental Shelf 5-Year-Plan is announced by the federal government. Everyone is encouraged to view the art on display in our galleries during the month of January.


In folk tales and stories of most every culture, tricksters appear with their hunger and their sly methods of getting their way and laughing at our surprise, making fun of our solemn certainties about life.  When we look into the mirror, we can catch a glimpse of that trickster gazing back at us.  We disguise ourselves as coyote, raven, spider, clown, joker, buffalo gal, poet, rabbit, redbird, fox, and then we are tricked by our own selves and tricked by each other.  

Poet and Muse

Carolyn Schneider uses charcoal, pastel, and paint for her portraits of tricksters and tricky situations.   Her drawings show tricksters hanging out with each other, maybe having a drink and comparing stories, maybe making us laugh at ourselves, maybe luring us into bad situations that we have to get ourselves out of, maybe just gazing back with a knowing look.

Happy Hour ll


In this exhibition eco-artist Virginia Stearns focuses on a few of the surprising multi-faceted wonders of the natural world. 

     Working with photographic images, hydrocal, acrylic paint and other mixed media, Stearns looks at symbiotic relationships among living animals including hermit crabs and their anemones and oxpecker birds and their salon services to African grazers.

In a slightly different vein, Stearns has created a large participatory piece called “Male or Female or…?” exploring the variety of sex and gender among humans through the lens of diverse animal sexual reproductive strategies.  Participants meet various amazing animals and humans through images on cards as they are invited to place them in a spectrum.

Breathe In Breathe Out 
Not Without My Anemone . 

Sloth Moth & Algae

Mail or Female or …? Wood, Images, Interactive Board (representative image)

In aa slightly different vein, Stearns has created a large participatory piece called “Male or Female or…?” exploring the variety of sex and gender among humans through the lens of diverse animal sexual reproductive strategies.  Participants meet various amazing animals and humans through images on cards as they are invited to place them in a spectrum.