Gail M. Brown, Curator

Marjorie Schick
painted papier-mache over aluminum wire mesh
7.5 x 7 x 1.75"


Bruce Metcalf
painted maple, epoxy resin, sterling silver
6.25 x 4"


Julia Barello
xray film, monofilament
2 x 3"

In Studio Jewelry


AN EXUBERANCE OF COLOR In Studio Jewelry is a panoply of jewelry ideas, forms and media exploration by exceptional American jewelers, sharing a passion for color in their unique works.

The work, vocabularies and prowess of these masterful American artists who make jewelry is well documented, acknowledged and visible across the country. Twenty points of view and inspiration (including three working partnerships/pairs) about body adornment as a means of chosen expression and commentary, each a long explored, defined, examined and refined, personal creative journey…different voices, moods, materials, vocabularies and memorable, wearable forms.

Objects of beauty, uniqueness, experimentation, identity, fashion, nostalgia and personality! Brooches and pins, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and neckpieces and finger rings. As beads, in coated wire, copper, enamels, glass, gold, mixed metals, polymers, porcelain, silver, steel, wood and car paints, china paint, ceramic decals, glazes, x-ray and mri films, leather, papier-mache, plastics, 3D printing and up-purposed, printed tin and recycled memorabilia.. Built, carved, cast, designed, dyed, forged, formed, gold-leafed, hand crocheted, machine knitted, printed, scored, soda-limed, three d printed…the processes: mastered…the expected and the unanticipated.

Joyous/unrestrained; luscious/seductive; disciplined/sublime; saturated/infused; opaque/translucent; celebrating nature/society; hot/warm/cool; elegant/quirky; bold/subtle; minimal/excessive; raucous/demure; of communal/ personal narratives; humorous/anecdotal; referential of social mores, status, historic modes and models. The known and the new. ALL conceived and designed for the scale of the body. Each related to the history of body adornment/updated; to choices/identity, to material pleasures and tactile/visual experience. And imbued with a shared fascination with COLOR!

Tansey Contemporary
Santa Fe, NM
August-September, 2016

Press Release/Curator's Statement

Exhibit Booklet - 90+ pages of images and information (10MB PDF)

EBook - collection of images (online)

Opening Reception and Curator’s Gallery Talk
Friday, August 5, 5:00-7:00pm


Julia Barello
Harriete Estel Berman
Jessica Calderwood
Arline Fisch
Donald Friedlich
Rebekah Laskin
Amy Lemaire
Karen Thuesen Massaro
Bruce Metcalf
Mike & Maaike

  emiko oye
Marjorie Schick
Joyce J. Scott
Barbara Seidenath
Helen Shirk
Marjorie Simon
Rachelle Thiewes
Linda Threadgill
Cynthia Toops and Dan Adams
Roberta and Dave Williamson

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