On Saturday, June 3 we celebrated 26 great years with a special closing party. It was a wonderful night!
Opening hours through June:
Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco is closing. After 26 years it has been a good long run! It has been a privilege to work with so many inspiring artists, first in Hayes Valley and for the last 13 years in the wonderful space on Polk Street. Heartfelt thanks to the many loyal customers, colleagues and friends who have supported the gallery for so long. To the hard working VdV team, Diane Komater, Nikki Couppee, Amy Tavern (and Sienna Freeman!) I will miss you more than I can say. The gallery will be winding down during May and June and will close by July 1. If there is a special piece that you have been thinking about… now is the time to get it!
Although the gallery will be closing, Velvet da Vinci can still be found online. You can visit the gallery archive on the website and I plan to develop the online business here at velvetdavinci.com in the future. Follow the gallery on Instagram and Facebook. There are a few projects still in the works that I would love to see through so there is a good chance that Velvet da Vinci will “pop-up” from time to time… I’m not sure what the next chapter will bring but I look forward to see what happens. Thanks for being part of the adventure.
A Velvet da Vinci Closing Party will take place on Saturday June 3, 2017 from 5-9 pm. Details to come. Hope to see you there!
xx Mike Holmes
Velvet Da Vinci is proud to present Gene Pijanowski: 30 Years of Jewelry and Objects. The historic exhibition will feature over 40 important works by the world renowned artist from the late 1970‘s through the mid 2000’s, marking the largest gallery exhibition of Pijanowski’s work in over two decades.
The show will run from February 5th through March 9th, 2014. An Opening Reception will take place on Friday February 7th, from 6 to 8 pm.
Eugene (Gene) Pijanowski’s work can be seen as a marriage of eastern and western tradition and style, representing an integration of modernist aesthetics and ancient sensibilities. Drawing from traditional Japanese concepts, techniques, and materials, the artist investigates the relationships between process and craft, content and form, and meaning and function. Works by Pijanowski can be found in private and museum collections worldwide; highlights include the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, NYC, the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C., the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, and many more. To view a full PDF of the press release, please click here: VelvetdaVinci_Pijanowski_PressRelease_FIN
Preview of Featured Works:
Velvet Da Vinci is proud to host the US debut of Aeon Profit / Piano Forte, an installation of wearable objects made from reincarnated piano parts by the Swedish jewelry design collective A5.
The show, which has previously exhibited in both Stockholm and Munich, will run from February 5th through March 9th, 2014. An Opening Reception will take place on Friday February 7th, from 6 to 8 pm.
Musical instruments and jewelry share several fundamental similarities: a rich tradition of craftsmanship, function, ornamentation, and inherent value. Both are meant to last generations and to be passed from individual to individual. Thus when an instrument or a piece of jewelry is no longer wanted or needed it falls into a particular space of limbo, the owner wishes to part with the item yet at the same time hopes that it will continue its existence. It is in this way that the group A5, Adam Grinovich, Romina Fuentes, and Annika Pettersson, came into contact with a piano. To view a full PDF of the press release, please click here: VelvetDaVinci_PRESSRELEASE_PianoForte2014
In celebration of the SFO Museum’s exhibition “Turn, Weave, Fire, and Fold: Vessels from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection,” Velvet Da Vinci is proud to exhibit an important collection of works by two California masters, fiber artist Kay Sekimachi and enamelist June Schwarcz. The show will run from April 1st through the 30th, 2014. To view a full PDF of the press release, please click the link below:
Anne Bader / Germany, Rike Bartels / Germany, Ela Bauer / Netherlands, Catalina Brenes / Costa Rica, Angela Bubash / US, Liesbet Bussche / Netherlands, Petra Class / US, Andy Cooperman / US, Pilar Cotter / Spain, Nikki Couppee / US, Babette von Dohnanyi / Germany, Lluis Duran / Spain, Nicolas Estrada / Spain, Mirla Fernandes / Brazil, Hella Ganor / Israel, Julia Harrison / US, Liisa Hashimoto / Japan, Joanne Haywood / UK, Peter Hoogeboom / Netherlands, Iris Saar Issacs / Australia, Beate Klockmann / Netherlands, Daphne Krinos / UK, Felieke van der Leest / Norway, Judy McCaig / Spain, Martin Papcùn / Czech Republic, Katja Prins / Netherlands, Vina Rust / US, Biba Schutz / US, Karin Seufert / Germany, Jan Smith / Canada, Antje Stolz / Germany, Rudee Tancharoen / Thailand, Amy Tavern / US, Emily Watson / US, Sayumi Yokouchi / US
Exhibition organized by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal, and Velvet da Vinci.
Delirio y Cordura (Delirium and Sanity): Chilean Contemporary Jewelry
An exhibition catalog is available.
Carolina Gimeno, Yessica Bordón, Rocco Napoli, María Eugenia Muñoz, Verónica Pérez Artigas, Claudio Pino, Rafaela Pruzzo, Nano Pulgar, and Paola Raggo will be present at the Opening Reception.
Special Saturday morning lectures by Carolina Gimeno, Nano Pulgar and Paola Raggo speak about Contemporary Jewelry in Chile. July 12, 11am 12 noon. Refreshments will be served. Don’t miss this special event!
In the ten years since Joyas Jóias, Velvet da Vinci’s first exhibition of Latin American jewelry, there has been a growing awareness and appreciation for the achievements of contemporary jewelers in Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Brazil. For our exhibition, Delirio y Cordura (Delirium and Sanity) we concentrate on contemporary Chilean jewelry artists. Each jeweler was inspired by the themes of delirium and sanity, choosing one or both concepts. The idea of harmony and balance versus insanity and irrationality influence the creation of each work through an exploration of shape, color, material, and concept. Chaos, out of order.
Participating Artists:Carolina Gimeno, Carolina Hornaüer, Claudia Correa, Claudio Pino, Francisco Ceppi, Gabriela Fissore, María Eugenia Muñoz, María Ignacia Walker, Nicolás Hernandez, Paola Raggo, Pía Walker, Rafaella Pruzzo, Rocco Napoli, Valentina Rosenthal, Verónica Pérez Artigas, Walka, Yessica Bordon Preview of Highlighted Works: The exhibition is curated by Paola Raggo, Claudia Correa, and María Eugenia Muñoz Curbelo. A special thank you to Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, (National Council for Culture and the Arts), Chile. Additional support from Delirios Contemporaneos and The Canada Council for the Arts.
To download the full press release for the exhibition, please click here: PRESS RELEASE
Joanna Gollberg’s most recent body of work considers the experiences of travel, observation, and enlightenment through the form of jewelry. Inspired by her own personal collection of coral, shells, and other keepsakes gathered while traveling the world, the exhibition will feature an exciting new series created from precious and semi precious materials, as well as found objects. Found in Mexico, Western North Carolina, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, these tokens serve as a physical reminder of the place from which they came, their histories, and the artist’s connection to each experience. The exhibition will also include a selection of documentary photographs, taken by the artist on each trip.
On this pivotal new body of work, Gollberg writes:
“I had never before given myself permission to use (these elements) in my jewelry, because they were physical objects that kept me connected to places that made my whole heart feel crushingly full… I chose to use techniques that I rarely employ in my day to day jewelry making life—mold making, wax carving, casting, enameling which gave me deep pleasure. I freely used gemstones and materials that suited each piece,disregarding any pre-planned price structure… The results are twofold: I am spiritually refreshed and ready to re-enter my work life anew, and I have created a body of work that is personally meaningful, yet still beautiful and true to my aesthetic.”
With a Jewelry Design degree from FIT in New York City, Gollberg has been creating and exhibiting unique wearable objects since 1997. A well-known and respected author, she has written four books on handcrafted jewelry: Making Metal Jewelry, Creative Metal Crafts, The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry, and The Ultimate Jeweler’s Guide. Her work has been included in gallery and museum exhibitions across the US and has been featured in international publications such as Art Jewelry Magazine, Lapidary Journal, Ornament Magazine, 1000 Rings, 500 Wedding Rings, 500 Enameled Objects, and 21st Century Jewelry. Currently based out of Asheville, North Carolina, the artist also teaches at noted craft institutions such as the Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.
CLICK HERE to download a full press release for the exhibition.
Garry Knox Bennett: Full Circle
October 1 – 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday October 3, 6 – 8pm
American furniture maker, woodworker, and metal artist Garry Knox Bennett has been celebrated for his innovative sculptural and functional objects for over 40 years. Garry Knox Bennett: Full Circle marks the California native artist’s 80th birthday this October, highlighting a body of new works made in the spirt of the 1960’s. Inspired by his background as a jeweler and metal plater, the show will feature 50 sculptural roach clips, a popular item sold at the artist’s historic San Francisco shop Squirkenworks almost 4 decades ago. For one time only, Velvet da Vinci turns from gallery to head shop, in honor of Bennett’s important historic and contemporary contributions to the Craft field.
Bennett’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Mint Museum of Arts and Design in Charlotte NC, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Oakland Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Washington DC’s Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. A graduate of the California College of Arts And Crafts, Bennett was featured in a solo retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City in 2001 and has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Alliance Award (2011), the Furniture Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), the American Craft Council College of Fellows (1996), and the Merit Grant National Endowment for the Arts (1984). The artist has lived and works in Oakland, CA for nearly 40 years.
To download a full PDF Press Release for the exhibition, please CLICK HERE.
A Selection of Featured Works:
In conjunction with her artist residency at the California College of the Arts, Velvet da Vinci is proud to present Amy Tavern’s recent body of work “I Live Here Now” and a site specific installation “In Between” at Velvet da Vinci.
I’ve been without a home by circumstance and by choice for several years. In 2012, I began traveling in the US and abroad for my work, rarely spending extended periods of time in any one location. This new lifestyle made me realize I don’t know where I want to live, and I find myself searching for this seemingly elusive place today. While I am content to be without a home, I long for that one place where I feel most myself, a place where I want to stay. In an effort to find what I’m looking for, I was compelled to define and redefine home through research, writing and object making, as well as examining my past, my present and my future.
Over the past year, I have explored ideas of home in three distinctive places. Arriving in Iceland for the first time, I felt attune with myself and with my surroundings in a way I had never felt before. The pieces I made in a two-month residency there illustrate feelings of belonging and of being found. In my childhood home in New York, I reflected on my relationships with my family as well as relationships with the places I’ve lived in the United States. The foundation of my artistic sources and countless other details were revealed as I considered individual people and locations. Further, through all the places I have traveled, I have become keenly aware of my ability to find home in the unknown. In all of these places, Iceland, the US and countries abroad, I examined memories and focused on things that carry emotional weight. I also relied on the language of jewelry, looking to a variety of historical forms for guidance.
“I Live Here Now” represents what home means to me as well as the memories and emotions associated with the different places that are a part of my collective home. Jewelry, objects, text, photographs, ritual, arrangements and installation serve to demonstrate my ideas and to establish a unique narrative. Ultimately, I know my home is the place where I am truly myself, and, essentially, I know now that I don’t need a physical location to call home; my home is me and it is wherever I am.
– Amy Tavern