Adorn: A Jewelry Invitational December 22 2023

A Jewelry Invitational

On Exhibit: January 26 - February 23, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 4-7 PM

Stop by to preview and shop this exhibition during Images: A Festival of the Arts: Friday, January 26 – Sunday, January 28, 10 AM – 5 PM

Special Events at Arts on Douglas:
Friday, January 26: 12PM - 4PM: Meet and Greet with Jeweler Gabrielle Gould 
Saturday, January 27, 10AM - 12PM: Morning Mimosas
Saturday, January 27: 11AM - 4PM: Meet and Greet with Jeweler Gabrielle Gould
Sunday, January 28: 10AM - 12PM: Morning Mimosas 


Image: Linked Plant Form Bracelet by Bonnie Bishoff & J.M. Syron

We are excited to announce the opening of Adorn, a national jewelry invitational featuring an exceptional variety of wearable designs by a mix of accomplished jewelry artists. The gallery has a long history of displaying fine art jewelry and this annual, highly-anticipated exhibition will not disappoint. Jewelry enthusiasts and Valentine's Day shoppers alike can take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to find an assortment of unique, handcrafted jewelry designs, such as the intricate and colorful polymer clay creations of collaborative artists Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syrum, the contemporary geometric designs of Jennifer Letter, and the sculptural forms of Wendy Thurlow, created using centuries old techniques to bring together a variety of metals, surface embellishments, and high quality stones. 

From Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28, Arts on Douglas will present an early preview of this exhibition in conjunction with the 48th Annual Images: A Festival of the Arts. The official reception will then take place on Saturday, February 3, from 4-7 PM. During the reception, the gallery will be offering light refreshments and featuring live music by TRio, featuring Tyler Rosenke on the drums, Ron Gilotti on the bass, and Howard Post on the guitar. 

The thirteen jewelers in this year's exhibition are Linda Azar of Candler, North Carolina; Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron of Brunswick, Maine; Peg Fetter of St. Louis, Missouri; Gabrielle Gould of St. Augustine, Florida; Allison Kline of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Jennifer Letter of Boulder, Colorado; Peter Schilling of Somerville, Massachusetts; Wendy Thurlow of Bradenton, Florida; Mary Timmer of Weaverville, North Carolina; Jeff and Susan Wise of Durango, Colorado, and Victoria Varga of Cumberland Foreside, Maine. 

In addition to this striking jewelry display, Arts on Douglas is excited to announce the inclusion of a private collection of jewelry created by prominent Native American designers and craftsmen from Sante Fe, New Mexico. One example, by Charlene Reano (San Felipe Pueblo), is this two-sided inlay mosaic necklace where each side is laid with mosaic in different stones and colors.  

This curated collection highlights one-of-a-kind pieces by Charlene Reano (San Felipe Pueblo); Duane Matkima (Hopi/Laguna); Deanna Tenorio (Santa Domingo Pueblo); Fannie and Phillip Bitsoi-Russell (Navajo); Albert Nells (Navajo); and Earnest and Veronica Benally (Navajo). 


Image: Reversable Mosaic Necklace by Charlene Reano (front, back)