La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border

Julia Turner, Three Days Walking (Mourning Brooch), Brooch, 2013 Steel pins, enamel, steel, wood, 5 x 5 x 0.7 cm

About the Exhibition

La Frontera:
Encounters Along the Border
March 1, 2018 to September 23, 2018
Museum of Art and Design New York

“Borders separate but also unite.” – Octavio Paz, Mexican poet and diplomat

Nearly two thousand miles long, the US-Mexico border (the border) is the most frequently crossed international border in the world. Although predominantly depicted in the American media as a hub of drug trafficking and violence, the border-porous in nature-is also a place that allows for the exchange of ideas, wealth, and culture.

Recently at the forefront of political and cultural conversation following the current US President’s anti-immigration discourse and executive orders, the border has been characterized by contradictions since the nineteenth century, when the US annexed an important portion of Mexican territory. For Mexicans, Central Americans, and the United States citizens living alongside it, the border presents daily challenges that carry within them both hope and devastation. It is a complex physical, economic, cultural, social, and emotional landscape of human interaction.

The exhibition La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border seeks to explore this space and what it represents. Jewelry artists from Mexico, the United States, Latin America, and Europe expose the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological contexts. The artists transform metal, fiber, wood, and other materials into representations of their experiences, their influences, their dreams, and their nightmares.

La Frontera was originally organized and curated by Lorena Lazard and Velvet da Vinci Gallery. It premiered at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City in 2013. It then traveled to Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, California; the Art Gallery at Indiana University Kokomo, Kokomo, Indiana; and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas.

La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border is co-curated by Mike Holmes and Lorena Lazard with the assistance of MAD’s Assistant Curator, Barbara Paris Gifford, and Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

Major funding for La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border is provided by Barbara Waldman. Additional support is generously provided by the Rotasa Fund.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Sobre La Exposición

“Las fronteras separan, pero también unen.” —Octavio Paz, poeta y diplomático mexicano

Con casi 2,000 millas de extensión, la frontera es el cruce internacional más transitado en el mundo. Aunque con una reputación infame en los medios debido al tráfico de drogas y la violencia, esta frontera –porosa por naturaleza– es también un espacio que permite el intercambio de ideas, riqueza y cultura.

En la actualidad el tema de la frontera ha aparecido en medios políticos y culturales debido al discurso anti-inmigratorio y ordenes ejecutivas del actual Presidente estadounidense, sin embargo, desde el siglo XIX cuando Estados Unidos anexó una importante porción del territorio mexicano este ha sido un espacio lleno de contradicciones. Para los ciudadanos mexicanos, centro-americanos y estadounidenses que viven a lo largo de la frontera esta es una parte significativa de la vida. Ella presenta retos diarios que a su vez son esperanzadores y devastadores. Es un complejo panorama de interacción humana, desde el punto de vista físico, cultural, económico, social y emocional.

La exposición La Frontera: Encuentros a lo largo de ésta, busca explorar este espacio y lo que representa. Artistas de joyería contemporánea de México, Estados Unidos, América Latina y Europa exponen las corrientes subyacentes del entorno fronterizo desde los contextos geográfico, político, social, cultural e ideológico. Cada artista transforma el metal, la fibra, la madera y otros materiales representando sus propias experiencias, influencias, sueños y pesadillas.

La Frontera fue organizada y curada originalmente por Lorena Lazard y la Galería Velvet da Vinci. Comenzó en el Museo Franz Mayer en la Ciudad de México en 2013. Viajó después a la Galeria Velvet da Vinci de San Francisco, California; la Galería de Arte en la Universidad Kokomo, Kokomo Indiana; y al Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Houston Texas.

La Frontera: Encuentros a lo largo de ésta, es co-curada por Mike Holmes y Lorena Lazard con la asistencia de la Curadora Asistente del MAD, Barbara Paris Gifford, y la Gerente Asistente de Asuntos Curatoriales del MAD, Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.

Los fondos principales para La Frontera: Encuentros a lo largo de éstason proporcionados por Barbara Waldman. Apoyo adicional fue proporcionadó generosamente por Rotasa Fund.

Esta exposición es apoyada, en parte, por fondos públicos del Departamento de Asuntos Culturales de la Ciudad de Nueva York en asociación con el Consejo Municipal.

Martha Vargas, Mexico, Dream and Reality, Choker, 2012, Sterling silver, 24 x 15 x 1.5 cm, Photo: tempusdesign.com.mx

Martha Vargas, Mexico, Dream and Reality, Choker, 2012, Sterling silver, 24 x 15 x 1.5 cm, Photo: tempusdesign.com.mx

Demitra Thomloudis, United States, Reconstructed: Framed, Brooch, 2012, Cement, sterling silver, resin, steel, pigment, thread, duct tape, 8.9 x 6.4 x 4.4 cm, Photo: Seth Papac

Demitra Thomloudis, United States, Reconstructed: Framed, Brooch, 2012, Cement, sterling silver, resin, steel, pigment, thread, duct tape, 8.9 x 6.4 x 4.4 cm, Photo: Seth Papac

Judy McCaig, Scotland / Spain, No-Man's Land, Brooch, 2013, Steel, silver, tombac, perspex, paint, Herkimer diamond, tare, 8.8 x 12.6 x 1.5 cm, Photo: Eduard Bonnin

Judy McCaig, Scotland/Spain, No-Man’s Land, Brooch, 2013, Steel, silver, tombac, perspex, paint, Herkimer diamond, tare, 8.8 x 12.6 x 1.5 cm, Photo: Eduard Bonnin

Installation View, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City

Installation View, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City

Cristina Celis, Mexico, Fingerprint, Neckpieces, 2013, Modeled porcelain, 24k gold leaf, silver, 3.2 x 5.1 cm with different length chains, Photo: Francisco Velázquez

Cristina Celis, Mexico, Dactilar, Neckpieces, 2013, Modeled porcelain, 24k gold leaf, silver, 3.2 x 5.1 cm with different length chains, Photo: Francisco Velázquez

"U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales" Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde.

“U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales” Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde.

Kevin Hughes, United States, Necklace, 2013, Plastic from water jug, duct tape, silver, 10.1 x 15.2 x 4.4 cm, Photo: the artist

Kevin Hughes, United States, Untitled necklace, 2013, Plastic from water jug, duct tape, silver, 10.1 x 15.2 x 4.4 cm

Aline Berdichevsky, Mexico l Spain, Lightvessels 2, Hand jewel, 2013, Slip cast porcelain, Limoges porcelain, sterling silver, silk, 4.8 x 4.5 x 7 cm, Photo: the artist

Aline Berdichevsky, Mexico/Spain, Lightvessels 2, Hand jewel, 2013, Slip cast porcelain, Limoges porcelain, sterling silver, silk, 4.8 x 4.5 x 7 cm

Iacov Azubel, ¿Hacia Abajo es Peor?, 2013, Aluminium, digital image, 8 x 8 x 4. Photo by the artist.

Iacov Azubel, ¿Hacia Abajo es Peor?, Bracelet, 2013, Aluminium, digital image, 8 x 8 x 4 cm

Boline Strand, We Are All Immigrants, (brooch/necklace), 2018 Sterling silver, 22-karat gold, rubies

Boline Strand, We Are All Immigrants, Brooch/Necklace, 2018, Sterling silver, 22-karat gold, rubies, 6 cm diameter x 3 cm

Jesse Bert, United States/Mexico

Jesse Bert, United States/Mexico, Tom & Jerry, Brooch, 2017, Mesquite, yucca, ceramic, copper, silver, enamel, bronze, amber, paint, orange wood, bamboo, found materials, 35 x 18 x 2 1/2 cm

Installation view

Installation view

Lorena Lazard, Mexico, Tierra I and II, (pendants), 2013, Iron, polymer mud, string, earth from Tijuana, Mexcio, earth from San Ysidro, USA

Lorena Lazard, Mexico, Tierra I and II, Pendants, 2013, Iron, polymer clay, plastic wrap, thread, enamel, soil from Mexico, soil from the USA, 6 x 4 x 3 1/2 cm

Fernanda Barba Soto, Mexico, Migrante No Identificado, (body jewelry), 2012, Stainless steel, acrylic

Fernanda Barba Soto, Mexico, Migrante No Identificado, Body Jewelry, 2012, Stainless steel, acrylic, measurements variable

Alejandra Solar, Mexico/Luxemborg, Murmullos 2, (brooch), 2102, Onyx, quartz, gold leaf, photo transfer, silver

Alejandra Solar, Mexico/Luxemborg, Murmullos 2, Brooch, 2102, Onyx, quartz, gold leaf, photo transfer, silver, 6 x 8 x 1 cm

Kerianne Quick, United States, Greetings from Mexico or Souvenirs from the Border, (key fobs), 2017, Steel, leather

Kerianne Quick, United States, Greetings from Mexico or Souvenirs from the Border, Key Fobs, 2017, Steel, leather, 30 x 30 x 30 cm

Thomas Hill, United Kingdom/United States, Milagros: Mohave Rattlesnake, (pendant), 2013, Copper, enamel

Thomas Hill, United Kingdom/United States, Milagro: Mohave Rattlesnake, Pendant, 2013, Copper, enamel, 7 x 12 cm

Kristin Beeler, United States, Descanso 2, Highway 86, (rosary and digital print on aluminum), 2013 Iron wire, nylon cord

Kristin Beeler, United States, descanso 2, highway 86, Rosary, 2017, Iron fence wire, nylon cord, digital print on aluminum, 28 x 41 cm

Braceros cross the Mexico-U.S. border while walking over the bridge from Reynosa, Mexico to Hidalgo, Texas. Photo: Leonard Nadel

Braceros cross the Mexico-U.S. border while walking over the bridge from Reynosa, Mexico to Hidalgo, Texas. Photo: Leonard Nadel

Eduardo Graue, Mexico, La Frontera, (brooch), 2013, Silver

Eduardo Graue, Mexico, La Frontera, Brooch, 2013, Silver, 9 x 10.5 cm

Rachelle Thiewes, United States, Heat, (bracelet), 2013, Steel, Auto paint

Rachelle Thiewes, United States, Heat, Bracelet, 2013, Steel, Auto paint

Raquel Bessudo, Mexico, La Bestia, Necklace), 2013, Canvas, polyester thread, 1.8 x 24 x .1 cm

Kathleen Browne, United States

Kathleen Browne, United States, Lonely Bones, Objects, 2017, Copper, enamel, 10 x 38 x 30 cm

Ramón Puig Cuyàs, Spain, Silent Conversations beside the Wall II, Brooch, 2012, Nickel Silver

Ramón Puig Cuyàs, Spain, Silent Conversations Beside the Wall II, Brooch, 2012,
Nickel Silver, 5.5 x 11 x 2.5 cm

Kate Connell & Oscar Melara, United States, Arete-libro: La frontera, Earring, Book of the Border, 2013, Steel, silver & brass wire, gum & walnut woods, recycled leather drum heads, Mexican milagros, acrylic & enamel paint, colored pencil

Kate Connell & Oscar Melara, United States, Arete-libro: La frontera, Earring Book of the Border, Earrings, 2013, Steel, silver & brass wire, gum & walnut woods, recycled leather drum heads, Mexican milagros, acrylic & enamel paint, colored pencil, 6.5 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm

Installation view

Installation view

Thea Clark, United States, Torn, Necklace, 2013, Steel, cotton bandanas, epoxy resin, tinted plastic, 50 centavos coin, one cent coin

Thea Clark, United States, Entangled, Necklace, 2013, Cotton bandanas, water bottle caps, silver, copper, nickel, acrylic paint, steel

Jorge Castañón, Argentina, ¿Hacia dónde va tu sangre?, Neckpiece, 2013 Eucalyptus, linen thread, sewing thread, acrylic from Coca Cola sign

Jorge Castañón, Argentina, ¿Hacia Dónde Va tu Sangre?, Neckpiece, 2013, Eucalyptus, linen thread, sewing thread, acrylic from Coca Cola sign, 450 x 20 x 2 cm

Jacqueline Roffe, Mexico, El luchador 1 (pendant), 2013, Sterling silver, steel, precious metal clay, enamel, microesferas

Jacqueline Roffe, Mexico, El Luchador 1, Pendant, 2013, Sterling silver, steel, pure silver, decal, enamel, reflective beads, 2.5 x 4 x 4 cm

The metal border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border near the National Park Service's Coronado National Memorial, Arizona. Photo by Matt Clark.

The metal border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border near the National Park Service’s Coronado National Memorial, Arizona. Photo by Matt Clark.

Gabriela Campo, Mexico, Desvanecidos pero no olvidados, Ring, 2013, Sterling silver, wood, digital transfer on fabric

Gabriela Campo, Mexico, Desvanecidos pero no olvidados, Ring, 2013, Sterling silver, wood, image transfer on textile, 3 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm

Alberto Dávila , Mexico, Área Fronteriza, (necklace), 2013, Sterling silver, cultured pearls, tourmaline

Alberto Dávila , Mexico, Área Fronteriza, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, cultured pearls, tourmaline,3.4 x 8.7 x 2.9 cm

Nicolas Estrada, Colombia/Spain, Sell Your Soul, Pendant, 2013, Sterling silver, hand-painted enamel, pearls, crystal

Nicolas Estrada, Colombia/Spain, Sell Your Soul, Rosary, 2013, Silver, enamel, pearls, crystal rhinestones, 58 x 4 x .5 cm

"Entre la gloria y la pena." Playas de Tijuana Secc Monumental, Tijuana, BC, MX. Photo by Alex Torres.

“Entre la gloria y la pena.” Playas de Tijuana Secc Monumental, Tijuana, BC, MX. Photo by Alex Torres.

Pierce Healy, Ireland, El Zorro,, Neckpiece, 2013, Engraved sterling silver, leather, wood, rubber

Pierce Healy, Ireland, El Zorro, Neckpiece, 2013, Sterling silver, wood, cork, leather, 15 x 13 x 10 cm each

Sol Flores, Argentina, Borron y Cuenta Nueva 2, Brooch, 2013, Nickel silver, pencil, eraser

Sol Flores, Argentina, Borron y Cuenta Nueva 2, Brooch, 2013, Nickel silver, pencil, eraser, 16 x .5 x .5 cm

Mary Frisbee Johnson, United States, Run for the Border, Brooch, 2013, Patinated copper, lithographed tin, sterling silver

Mary Frisbee Johnson, United States, Run for the Border, Brooch, 2013,
Copper, lithographed tin, sterling silver, 8.3 x 10.5 x 1 cm

Installation view, "End of the TJ Border." Photo by Michael Beige.

Installation view, “End of the TJ Border.” Photo by Michael Beige.

Holland Houdek, United States, Removal of the Larynx, Brooch, 2012, Laryngectomy Tube, Copper, nickel silver, nickel-plated silver chain

Holland Houdek, United States, Removal of the Larynx, Brooch, 2012, Laryngectomy Tube, Copper, nickel silver, nickel-plated silver chain, 10 x 8 x 3 cm

Alejandra Koreck, Argentina, Paz/Thoreau II, Necklace, 2013, Hand-made paper, synthetic raffia

Alejandra Koreck, Argentina, Paz/Thoreau II, Necklace, 2013, Hand-made paper, synthetic raffia, 52 x 33 x 8 cm

Nancy Moyer with Mark Clark, United States, Border Fence Series: Border Scenarios, Neckpiece, 2013, Sterling silver, digital prints, glaze, steel pins, rubber cord

Nancy Moyer with Mark Clark, United States, Border Fence Series: Border Scenarios, Neckpiece, 2013, Sterling silver, digital prints, glaze, steel pins, rubber cord, 7 x 24 x 1 cm

Chiara Pignotti, Italy/Spain, Paisajes Fronterizos. México, Brooch, 2012, Bronze, bottle glass

Chiara Pignotti, Italy/Spain, Paisajes Fronterizos. México, Brooch, 2012, Bronze, bottle glass; Paisajes Fronterizos. Estados Unidos, Brooch, 2012, Sterling silver, bottle glass, 7 x 7 x 4 cm and 7 x 7 x 3.5 cm

Andrés Fonseca, Mexico, Somos Frontera, Neckpiece, 2013, grey felt, thread

Andrés Fonseca, Mexico, Somos Frontera, Neckpiece, 2013, Felt, thread, 104 x 23 x 1 cm

Martacarmela Sotelo, Mexico, Visiones de la frontera, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, copper, brass, enamel, oil paint, aluminum, wood, linoleum, plastic, paper, foam board, elastic

Martacarmela Sotelo, Mexico, Visiones de la Frontera, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, copper, brass, enamel, oil paint, aluminum, wood, linoleum, plastic, paper, foamboard, elastic, Box: 75 x 30 x 5 cm, Necklace: 7.1 x 6 x 3 cm

Poleta Rodete, Mexico, Un gozne entre dos, Ring, 2013, Forest green marble, oxidized steel

Poleta Rodete, Mexico, Un Gozne entre Dos, Ring, 2013, Marble, iron, 3.5 x 6.9 x 14 cm

Maria Solórzano, Mexico/Argentina, 3185cm., Necklace, 2013, Silk thread, ceramic

Maria Solórzano, Mexico/Argentina, 3185cm., Necklace, 2013, Silk thread, ceramic, .1 x 31.85 cm

Olga Starostina, Russia/USA, The End of a Desperate Journey…, Brooch, 2013, Recycled aluminum, copper, leather

Olga Starostina, Russia/USA, The End of a Desperate Journey…, Brooch, 2013, Aluminum, copper, leather, 10.2 x 25.4 x 1.2 cm

Jette Zirpins, Mexico, La Bestia, Neckpiece, 2013, Plastic, nickel, sterling silver, magnets

Jette Zirpins, Mexico, La Bestia, Neckpiece, 2013, Plastic, nickel silver, sterling silver, magnets, 34 x 20 x 1.8 cm

Elizabeth Rustrian, Mexico, Jacksus, Necklace, 2013, 14k gold plated brass, chain: 14k gold plated sterling silver

Elizabeth Rustrian, Mexico, Jacksus, Necklace, 2013, 14k gold plated brass, chain: 14k gold plated sterling silver, 54 x 7 x 4 cm

Mabel Pena, Argentina, El Cruce II, Brooch, 2013, Bronze, plastic, paper, sterling silver

Mabel Pena, Argentina, El Cruce II, Brooch, 2013, Bronze, plastic, paper, silver, 5.9 x 9 x 1 cm

"US Mexico Border" Photo by His Noodly Appendage.

“US Mexico Border” Photo by His Noodly Appendage.

Jorge Manilla, Mexico/Belgium, Muriendo en el intento, Pendants, 2013, 2017, Polymer gypsum, steel, fabrics, leather

Jorge Manilla, Mexico/Belgium, Muriendo en el intento, Pendants, 2013, 2017, Gypsum polymer,, steel, fabrics, leather, 19 x 9 x 6 cm

Bostock Sandra 2.a

Sandra Bostock, Mexico, Pulseras de Seguridad, Bracelets, 2012, Sterling silver, concrete, steel, 3.6 x 3.6 x 1.2 cm

Elvira Bessudo, Mexico, Seguro 3, Brooch, 2012, Stainless steel, polymer clay, thread, tea bags

Elvira Bessudo, Mexico, Seguro 3, Brooch, 2012, Stainless steel, polymer clay, thread, tea bags, 12.5 x 6.5 x .4 cm

Mayte Amezcua, Mexico, Green Card, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, engraved copper, pieces of Green Card, stone

Mayte Amezcua, Mexico, Green Card, Necklace, 2013, Sterling silver, engraved copper, pieces of Green Card, stone, 23.5 x 16 x .7 cm

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2017 was an important and challenging year. There were exhibitions by Tom Hill, Pierce Healy, Suzanne Pugh, Myung Urso and Amy Tavern. And Velvet da Vinci closed the gallery on Polk Street. It has been a wonderful journey and one that continues but the needs of my dear parents meant the gallery had to close. We (Diane Komater, Nikki Couppee, Amy Tavern and I) miss our pals on Polk Street and look forward to seeing you somewhere along the way. Happy New Year!

– Mike

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Gene Pijanowski: 30 Years of Jewelry and Objects

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February 5 – March 9, 2014

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:

Eugene Pijanowski Untitled Medallion, 1980 Bronze 2½" in diameter

Eugene Pijanowski
Untitled Medallion, 1980
Bronze
2½” in diameter

Eugene Pijanowski Skinner’s Blade, 1988 Mokume-gane silver, copper & kurmido knife: 6-¼" x 2-½" x ¼"

Eugene Pijanowski
Skinner’s Blade, 1988
Mokume-gane silver, copper & kurmido
knife: 6-¼” x 2-½” x ¼”

Eugene Pijanowski Untitled Hollowware, 1977 Mokume-gane copper/shakudo 2½" x 2¾" x 3¾"

Eugene Pijanowski
Untitled Hollowware, 1977
Mokume-gane copper/shakudo
2½” x 2¾” x 3¾”

Aeon Profit / Piano Forte

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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

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Kay Sekimachi + June Schwarcz

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Kay + June: April 1 – 30, 2014

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:

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Featured Works:

Kay Sekimachi Vessel #5, 2014 Khaki paper with linen threads 6 3/4 X 5"

Kay Sekimachi
Vessel #5, 2014
Khaki paper with linen threads
6 3/4 X 5″

Kay Sekimachi Vessel #02, 2014 Brown hornets nest paper bowl 6 3/4" X 3 1/4"

Kay Sekimachi
Vessel #02, 2014
Brown hornets nest paper bowl
6 3/4″ X 3 1/4″

Kay Sekimachi Vessel #4, 2014 Orange antique paper 6 3/4 X 3 1/4"

Kay Sekimachi
Vessel #4, 2014
Orange antique paper
6 3/4 X 3 1/4″

Kay Sekimachi Vessel #1, 2014 Pink/yellow handmade paper with inclusion 5 3/4 X 3 1/2"

Kay Sekimachi
Vessel #1, 2014
Pink/yellow handmade paper with inclusion
5 3/4 X 3 1/2″

Kay Sekimachi Black + White Twine Lines Split ply, paper cord, Danish twine Approximately 10 X 6 X 5" each

Kay Sekimachi
Black + White Twine Lines
Split ply, paper cord, Danish twine
Approximately 10 X 6 X 5″ each

Kay Sekimachi Pendant , 2012 Painted coral on string Necklace: 21" long, Pendant, 1" wide

Kay Sekimachi
Pendant , 2012
Painted coral on string
Necklace: 21″ long, Pendant, 1″ wide

Kay Sekimachi Necklace (Bubbles), 2011 Bubble shells, paper twine 9 1/2" long

Kay Sekimachi
Necklace (Bubbles), 2011
Bubble shells, paper twine
9 1/2″ long

Kay Sekimachi Dots II, 2011 Linen, Warp (DXE) 11 1/2 X 11 3/4"

Kay Sekimachi
Dots II, 2011
Linen, Warp (DXE)
11 1/2 X 11 3/4″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2376, 2012 Copper, enamel 8 1/2 X 8 C 7 1/4"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2376, 2012
Copper, enamel
8 1/2 X 8 C 7 1/4″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2461, 2012 Copper, enamel 4 X 6 X 10 1/2"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2461, 2012
Copper, enamel
4 X 6 X 10 1/2″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2454, 2012 Silver 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 X 10 1/2"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2454, 2012
Silver
8 1/2 X 8 1/2 X 10 1/2″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2496, 2013 Copper, enamel 6 X 6.5 X 8"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2496, 2013
Copper, enamel
6 X 6.5 X 8″

June Schwarcz Vessel 1007 Copper, enamel 4 x 4 1/2 X 6"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 1007
Copper, enamel
4 x 4 1/2 X 6″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2371, 2009 Copper, enamel 4 x 4 1/2 X 6"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2371, 2009
Copper, enamel
4 x 4 1/2 X 6″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2383, 2009 Copper, enamel 4 x 4 1/2 X 7"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2383, 2009
Copper, enamel
4 x 4 1/2 X 7″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2415, 2010 Copper, enamel 6 X 4 X 6 1/2"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2415, 2010
Copper, enamel
6 X 4 X 6 1/2″

The Earring Show 2

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The Earring Show 2:  May 21 – June 29, 2014

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Velvet da Vinci celebrates the publication of New Earrings by Nicolas Estrada.

May 21 – June 29, 2014
Artists’ Reception: Friday, May 23, 6-8pm

Participating Artists:  

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.

Highlighted Works:

Babette Von Dohnanyi Earrings, Rocks, 2012 Sterling silver plated, Jet

Babette Von Dohnanyi, Earrings, “Rocks,” 2012, Sterling silver plated, Jet

Anne Bader Calotta, 2011 Sterling silver, partially gold plated Photo credit: Stefano Zanini

Anne Bader, Calotta, 2011, Sterling silver, partially gold plated, Photo credit: Stefano Zanini

Karin Seufert Ear-pendants 184, 2004 PVC, sterling silver, thread

Karin Seufert, Ear-pendants 184, 2004, PVC, sterling silver, thread

Felieke Van der Leest Earrings, Don & Bob Digger 14kt gold, plastic

Felieke Van der Leest, Earrings, “Don & Bob Digger,” 14kt gold, plastic

Sayumi Yokouchi Two Structures, Earrings Colored wire, sterling silver, spessartite garnet, thread

Sayumi Yokouchi, Earrings, “Two Structures,” Colored wire, sterling silver, spessartite garnet, thread

Peter Hoogeboom Jugs Ear Jewels, 1996 Ceramic, sterling silver, cork

Peter Hoogeboom, Jugs Ear Jewels, 1996, Ceramic, sterling silver, cork

Joanne Haywood Earrings, Cloudberry, 2007 Oxidized sterling silver and textile

Joanne Haywood, Earrings, Cloudberry, 2007, Oxidized sterling silver and textile

Katja Prins Flower Earrings, 2006 Sterling silver, plastic

Katja Prins, Flower Earrings, 2006, Sterling silver, plastic

Pilar Cotter Earring Sterling silver, porcelain

Pilar Cotter, Earring, Sterling silver, porcelain

Nicolas Estrada Calaveritas 2 Sterling silver, pearl, glass

Nicolas Estrada, Calaveritas 2, Sterling silver, pearl, glass

Mirla Fernandes Earables, 2005/2013 Latex and magnets

Mirla Fernandes, Earables, 2005/2013, Latex and magnets

Beate Klockman Earrings, Dubble Sunrise, 2011 Gold

Beate Klockman, Earrings, Dubble Sunrise, 2011, Gold

Judy McCaig Tiempo, 2014 Sterling silver, 18kt and 22kt gold

Judy McCaig, Tiempo, 2014, Sterling silver, 18kt and 22kt gold

Liisa Hashimoto Red Ladder Earrings, 2014 Sterling silver, acrylic paint

Liisa Hashimoto, Red Ladder Earrings, 2014, Sterling silver, acrylic paint

Julia Harrison, Earrings, Various woods, sterling silver, mixed media

Julia Harrison, Earrings, Various woods, sterling silver, mixed media

Antje Stolz Spiderstones, Blue, Red, & Green, 2013 Slate veneer, remanium, enamel-paint, pearl silk

Antje Stolz, Spiderstones, Blue, Red, & Green, 2013, Slate veneer, remanium, enamel-paint, pearl silk

Rike Bartels Orschmuck, 2013, Gold, brass, synth. ruby

Rike Bartels, Orschmuck, 2013, Gold, brass, synth. ruby

Emily Watson Double Dip Earrings- peach and seaglass Corian and sterling silver

Emily Watson, Double Dip Earrings- peach and seaglass, Corian and sterling silver

Nikki Couppee

Nikki Couppee, Earrings, Plexiglass, brass, fine silver, sterling silver

Ela Bauer Earrings Colour, Red/Red polyurethane, silver

Ela Bauer, Earrings Colour, Red/Red, polyurethane, silver

Daphne krinos Olive Oil Earrings Silver, citrines Photo: Joel Degen

Daphne Krinos, Olive Oil Earrings, Silver, citrines, Photo: Joel Degen

Iris Saar Isaacs Pebble Earrings, 2013 Anodized Aluminium, Stainless Steel Photography: Ben Hermans

Iris Saar Isaacs, Pebble Earrings, 2013 Anodized Aluminium, Stainless Steel Photography: Ben Hermans

Angela Bubash Fin #35 Sterling silver, vintage coral

Angela Bubash, Fin #35, Sterling silver, vintage coral

Petra Class Earrings Diamond, blue sapphire, aquamarine, yellow sapphire, ruby, pearl, 22k/18k gold

Petra Class, Earrings, Diamond, blue sapphire, aquamarine, yellow sapphire, ruby, pearl, 22k/18k gold

Lluis Duran Cheval de mer (Horse of the Sea), 2010 Oxidized sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, ruby and pearl

Lluis Duran, Cheval de mer (Horse of the Sea), 2010, Oxidized sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, ruby and pearl

Catalia Brenes Pasa, 2014 Oxidized Silver, 24kt gold foil Photo Credit: Riccardo Rivello

Catalia Brenes, Pasa, 2014, Oxidized Silver, 24kt gold foil, Photo Credit: Riccardo Rivello

Jan Smith Cone Weir Basket, 2013 Sterling silver

Jan Smith, Cone Weir Basket, 2013, Sterling silver

Hella Ganor Earrings #2153 Sterling Silver

Hella Ganor, Earrings #2153, Sterling Silver

Rudee TancharoenEarrings, Armonia 02 Sterling silver, Copper; hammered, fabricated, oxidized

Rudee Tancharoen, Earrings, Armonia 02, Sterling silver, Copper; hammered, fabricated, oxidized

Liesbet Bussche

Liesbet Bussche, Urban Jewelry (Photograph)

Andy Cooperman

Andy Cooperman, Cauliflower Earrings, Sterling silver, 14k, stainless steel wires

Vina Rust

Vina Rust, Uncurling Series, Sterling silver, cultured freshwater pearl, 14k gold

Biba Schutz

Biba Schutz, Earrings, Antler, rough garnet

Martin Papcún, Earrings

Martin Papcún, Earrings, Bandages and Swarovski crystals

Amy Tavern, Gold Bow Earrings, Sterling silver, spray paint

Amy Tavern, Gold Bow Earrings, Sterling silver, spray paint

Delirio y Cordura (Delirium and Sanity)

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Delirio y Cordura (Delirium and Sanity): Chilean Contemporary Jewelry

July 9 – August 10, 2014

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:
Walke Studio Velvet da Vinci

Walka, T-Oro Sagrado Bull horn, gold plating brass, steel 6 x 6 x 4.5 cm

Carolina Gimeno Velvet da Vinci

Carolina Gimeno, Encounter IV, Brooch Birch, sterling silver 13 x 11 x 5 cm

Nicolas Hernandez Velvet da Vinci

Nicolas Hernandez, Este colgante no te traerá suerte, Pendant: oxidizad copper, silver 999, fire enamel, 9 x 8 x 0.5 cm

Maria Eugenia Munoz Ring: Delirium Tremensdoscópicos Sterling silver, copper, acrylic, mirror, Swarovski crystal 4.5 x 2.5 x 3 cm

María Eugenia Muñoz, Ring: Delirium Tremensdoscópicos, Sterling silver, copper, acrylic, mirror, Swarovski crystal, 4.5 x 2.5 x 3 cm

​Maria Ignacia Walker Rings: Corales de Madera Wood

María Ignacia Walker, Rings: Corales de Madera, Wood

Valentina Rosenthal Brooch: De Lirios session 3 Enamel, polyurethane, silver 12 x 6 cm

Valentina Rosenthal, Brooch: De Lirios session 3, Enamel, polyurethane, silver, 12 x 6 cm

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Carolina Hornaüer, Brooch: Ismos #1 Rigid polystyrene foam, japanese lacquer, silver, enameled stoneware ceramic 7 x 6 x 7 cm

Gabriela Fissore Piece: Cor Silver, copper, japanese lacquer 19cm

Gabriela Fissore, Cor, Silver, copper, japanese lacquer, 19cm

Paola Raggo Necklace: Caos al viento Sterling silver, stainless steel, resin, impression 6.7 x 4 x 4 cm, chain length: 37 cm

Paola Raggo, Necklace: Caos al viento, Sterling silver, stainless steel, resin, impression, 6.7 x 4 x 4 cm, chain length: 37 cm

Pia Walker Pendant: Rotamiento Steel, copper, acrylic, aluminium

Pía Walker, Pendant: Rotamiento, Steel, copper, acrylic, aluminium

Claudio Pino Velvet da Vinci

Claudio Pino Ring: Tactus Sterling silver, brass, copper, moonstone, pink tourmaline

Rafaella Pruzzo Necklace: Molindore Oxidized silver, book pages 21 x 18 x 5 cm

Rafaella Pruzzo, Necklace: Molindore, Oxidized silver, book pages, 21 x 18 x 5 cm

Claudia Correa Necklace: Rochard 1 Sterling silver, copper, brass, patina 20 x 12 cm

Claudia Correa, Necklace: Rochard 1, Sterling silver, copper, brass, patina, 20 x 12 cm

​Francisco Ceppi Ring: Hands Up This is a Jewelry Sterling silver, resin, plastic 6 x 3.5 cm

​Francisco Ceppi, Hands Up This is a Jewelry, Sterling silver, resin, plastic, 6 x 3.5 cm

Veronica Perez, Brooch: silver 970, gold 18, pearl, 3.5 x 2.2 cm

Verónica Pérez Artigas, Brooch: silver 970, gold 18, pearl, 3.5 x 2.2 cm

Yessica Bordon, La Templanza, oxidized silver with murano glass drops

Yessica Bordon, La Templanza, oxidized silver with murano glass drops

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.

Additional Credits:

Project Coordinator – Director / María Eugenia Muñoz Curbelo

Guest Collaborator – Project Coordinator/ Claudio Pino

Producer – Designer / Verónica Pérez Artigas

Assistant / Rafaella Pruzzo

Photographer / Karen Clunes

To download the full press release for the exhibition, please click here: PRESS RELEASE

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Joanna Gollberg: Collected: An Exploration of Travel Through Jewelry

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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 JewelryCreative Metal CraftsThe 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 MagazineLapidary JournalOrnament Magazine1000 Rings500 Wedding Rings500 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.

Highlighted Works:
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Joanna Gollberg, Azul y Shell pendientes moldeados (Earrings), Sterling Silver, Blue Topaz, Shell (Mexico), Concrete (Mexico), Plastic (Mexico), Beads: Turquoise, Iolite, Green Turquoise

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Joanna Gollberg, Wng thxng kạb khelụ̄xb s̄ī f̂ā læa h̄æwn muk วงทองกับเคลือบสีฟ้าและแหวนมุก (Ring), 18K Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver, Freshwater Pearl, Blue Enamel (on cast shell from Mexico)

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Joanna Gollberg, El collar de citrino amarillo y otras cosas (Necklace), Sterling silver, Yellow rock (Mexico), brown glass (Western NC), citrine, coral (Mexico), yellow enamel, Citrine beads

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Joanna Gollberg, El Grande Collar de los Coralinos (Necklace) Sterling silver, Coral (Mexico), Hydro Peridot, Peridot, Apatite, Turquoise, Lab Sapphire, Topaz, Chalcedony

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Joanna Gollberg, pendientes de cristal verde, ópalo, y coral fundido (Earrings), Sterling silver, Green Glass (Mexico), Sunstone, Peridot, Emerald, Opal

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Joanna Gollberg, Red Pop Top & Coral Earrings, Sterling Silver, Aluminum (Western NC), Garnet, Coral, Simulated Ruby

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Joanna Gollberg, Sithrin læa pelụ̄xk h̄xy t̀āng h̄ū Teo k̄hā ซิทรีนและเปลือกหอยต่างหูสองข (Earrings), Sterling Silver, Citrine, Shell (Thailand)

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Joanna Gollberg, S̄ām t̀āng h̄ū h̄in thī̀ mī pelụ̄xk h̄̂xy สามต่างหูหินที่มีเปลือกห้อย (Earrings), Sterling Silver, Blue Chalcedony, Green Glass (Mexico), Concrete (Mexico), Blue Sapphire

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Joanna Golberg, Mrkt læa s̄r̂xy khx ngein bāth มรกตและสร้อยคอเงินบาท (Necklace), Black Acrylic, Yellow Diamond (.10 ct), Green Enamel (On cast Thai Baht), Green Onyx, Rough Emerald, Peridot, Shell (Mexico), Lemon Quartz, Malachite, Beads: Emerald

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Joanna Gollberg, हरे कांच और लाख झुमके Harē kān̄ca aura lākha jhumakē (Earrings), Sterling Silver, 18K Gold Bi-metal, Citrine, Green Glass (Mexico), Green Onyx, Lac Jewelry Pieces (India)

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Joanna Gollberg, गम और खोल ब्रोच Gama aura khōla brōca (Brooch), Sterling Silver, Blue Pottery Shard (Western NC), Lapis, Amethyst Crystal, Amethyst, Dried Gum (Mexico), Pink Opal, Concrete (Mexico), Turquoise, Green Enamel (On cast shell from Mexico), Green Onyx

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Joanna Gollberg, el collar de la garra del cangrejo (Necklace), Sterling Silver, Blue Chalcedony, Crab Claw (Mexico)

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JG_Ninta civappu rattina puttar kataṇika_Earrings

Joanna Gollberg, Nīṇṭa civappu rattiṉa puttar kātaṇika நீண்ட சிவப்பு ரத்தின புத்தர் காதணிகள் (Earrings), Sterling Silver, Garnet, Shell (Mexico), Pink Tourmaline, Ruby, Antique Carved Ivory (India)

JG_Rosa Shell Circulo Pendiente_Earrings

Joanna Gollberg, Rosa Shell Circulo Pendiente (Earrings), Sterling silver, 18K gold Bi-metal, blue topaz, pink opal, shell (Mexico), Rubelite

JG_El Anillo de coral fundido y Turmalina_Ring

Joanna Gollberg, El Anillo de coral fundido y Turmalina (Ring), Sterling silver, Pink Tourmaline

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JG_Rubi aura korala hara_Necklace

Joanna Gollberg, रूबी और कोरल हार Rūbī aura kōrala hāra (Necklace), Sterling silver, Coral (Mexico), Lab Ruby, natural faceted flat ruby, natural faceted rubies, Natural ruby rough, Carnelian

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Joanna Gollberg, புத்தர் போதி மரம் நகையை Puttar pōti maram nakaiyai (Necklace), Sterling silver, Green Chalcedony, Blue Chalcedony, Sapphire

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Joanna Gollberg, புத்தர் வளையம் Puttar vaḷaiyam (Ring), Sterling Silver, Ruby

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Joanna Gollberg, Hathi Broca हाथी ब्रोच (Brooch), Sterling silver, 18k gold bi-metal, freshwater pearl, Larimar, Shell (Mexico), Blue diamond (.10 ct)

Joanna Gollberg, புத்தர் போதி மரம் நகையை Puttar pōti maram nakaiyai (Necklace), Sterling silver, Green Chalcedony, Blue Chalcedony, Sapphire

JG_Blue Rock Necklace

Joanna Gollberg, Blue Rock Necklace, Pottery shard (My mom’d driveway), Stone (Western NC), Lapis

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Joanna Gollberg, de color rosa pendientes de concha y rubí (Earrings), Sterling Silver, 18K Gold Bi-Metal, Lab-Created Rubies, Shell (Mexico), Pink Opal, Rubies (India)

JG_Klum xạỵmṇi læa krngleb srxy khx hxy_Necklace

Joanna Gollberg, Klùm xạỵmṇī læa krnglĕb s̄r̂xy khx h̄̂xy กลุ่มอัญมณีและกรงเล็บสร้อยคอห้อย (Necklace), Sterling silver, 18K Gold, Peridot, Carnelian, Malachite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Shell

Garry Knox Bennett: Full Circle

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Mayfly, 2014, Wood, brass, sand, beads, paint, copper-plating, bronze-plating, paint, 11”h x 8”w x 6”d.  Photo: Hap Sakwa

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:

Garry Knox Bennett

Post-Modernist Dung-Beetle, 2014, Wood, brass, Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), beads, paint, sand copper, 8”h x 8 1/2”w x 4 1/2”d.

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Take Your Medicine, 2014, Antique bottle, silver spoon, cork, wood, paint, 6 1/2”h x 6”w x 4 1/2”d.

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Untitled (Carved Rattle-snake on Gold Ball), 2014, Wood, carved bone, Nevamar, brass, gold-leaf, 7″h x 4 1/2″w x 2 1/2″d.

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Oozer, 2014, Wood, aluminum, brass, epoxy, wing-nut, washer 6 3/4”h x 3 1/4”w x 3 1/4”d.

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Black Snake, 2014, Wood, brass, bead, 23kt gold-plating 5”h x 8”w x 3 1/2”d

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Dung Beetle with Red Ball, 2014, Wood, Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), brass, straw, sand, rocks, 6 1/2”h x 7”w x 5”d

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Dripping Fawcett, 2014, Brass, aluminum, lucite, ColorCore 7 1/2”h x 4”w x 4”d.

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X Ball, 2014, Wood, ColorCore, aluminum, brass, bolt 5 3/4”h x 5”w x 5”d.

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Untitled, 2014, Wood, brass, bronze – silver and 23kt gold-plating 8”h x 9”w x 4”d.

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Coral Snake, 2014, copper, Bond-O, paint, 10 1/2”h x 4 1/2”w x 4 1/2”d.

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Untitled, 2014, Wood, brass screws, 23kt gold-plating 7 1/4”h x 3 1/2”w x 3 1/2”d.

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Dracula, 2014, Burger King plastic Simpson character, brass, silver-plating & 23kt gold-plating, 9”h x 3 1/2”w x 3 1/2”d. Photo: Hap Sakwa

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Making More Dung-Beetles, 2014, Wood, Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), copper, beads, sand, bronze-plating, 8”h x 10 1/4”h x 6 1/4”d. Photo: Hap Sakwa

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Untitled (Clip and Stash), 2014, Brass, bronze-plating, 23k gold-plating, 7 3/4″h x 4 1/2″w x 4 1/24″d.

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Multi-axis Spindle Twirling with Gizmo, 2014, Wood, brass, paint 8”h x 3”w x 1”d.

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Golgatha, 2014, Wood, Nevamar, brass, copper, 23kt gold-plating 13”h x 8”w x 7”d.

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Cluster-f– 2, 2014, Wood, brass, 23kt gold plating, 6 1/2″h x 4 1/8″h x 4 1/8″d.

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Untitled (Painted Twirling), 2014, Painted twirling wood, brass, copper, 9 1/2″h x 4 1/8″w x 4 1/2″d.

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Arachnid Attack, 2014, Wood, brass, beads, sand, copper, paint, flocking, bronze-plating, 23kt gold-plating, 10 1/4”h x 7”w x 4 3/4”d.

Garry Knox Bennett Studio

Garry Knox Bennett in his Oakland, CA studio, with the original sign from his Union Street SF shop, Squirkenworks.