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


Author: mcohen15

I am an artist and teacher who travels extensively throughout the world. I am using this blog to share my experiences with my students and friends.

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