Alluring: a jewelry exhibit
APRIL 24 - MAY 30, 2015
RECEPTION: APRIL 24, 6PM - 8:30PM
The Gray Gallery hosts an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry. Six exquisite jewelry artists from around the region display their own style and influences through the necklaces, rings, brooches and bracelets. The opening reception invites the public to preview the artwork with a special pink and green event on April 24, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm. 10% of all sales from the reception will go to support the Blue Ridge Hospice Butterfly Club.
Mawadda holds a BFA from UMass Dartmouth. Her signature style uses sweeping architectural forms while incorporating found objects and cast items. "My fascination with the way people decorated their bodies with wearable art began as a child. I knew I wanted to become a jewelry designer the first time I held a torch and heard the sound of hot metal quench on the water. My designs are mainly inspired by shapes and textures found in nature and by clean lines found in architecture."
Lori Gottlieb is the owner and design of LoriMeg Designs. Her works has been featured in publications like "American Style" and has traveled to a number of art fairs. " I love the layers of texture in the bark of a tree, the flutter of leaves, and the swirl of pebbles at the edge of a stream. I enjoy curves in the road, the bow of stems and branches, the sinuous path of rivers and streams. "
Judy Sugar began metalsmithing in 1981, studying with Komelia Okim at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, completing the jewelry practicum. She is a member of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths, and has participated in their activities and shows for many years.
She is also one of the founding members of Pleiades whose annual show is now in its 30th year. Her work has appeared in Washington Guild of Goldsmiths and Creative Crafts Council shows, winning the WGG prize in 2005.
Blair Anderson has over 30 years experience as a silversmith and her wearable art pieces have been represented in over 30 galleries across North America. Blair is the founder , director and lead instructor of SilverWorks Studio & Gallery at Glen Echo Park in Maryland.
Blair hosts the Exnihilo Art Center residency program for college bound, senior, emerging, and mid-career artists. Previous awards include a Canadian grant for The Works, a public installation of her framed wearable art and a NICHE award for her one-of-a-kind sterling silver eyewear.
Helena Lidén has pursued silversmithing since 2006 and studied for Sonja Ekman, (Lund, Sweden), Sunette van den Berg at Novus Design Studio (Pretoria, South Africa) and Blair Anderson at SilverWorks (Bethesda, MD). Helena Lidén’s work is inspired by movement, lines, mathematics, time and space. Her Scandinavian aesthetic is evident in her designs.
Helena Lidén teaches silvermithing workshops at SilverWorks in Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for her art.
Eun Ju Lee was born in South Korea and currently lives in Olney MD. Eun Ju completed a MFA from SUNY at New Paltz. She is currently a Resident Artist at the Sandy Spring Museum and teaches Jewelry and Metalsmithing. She participated in the Smithsonian Craft Show, Baltimore Craft Show, and international shows.