Category Archives: Galleries

Repurposed Opening Tomorrow!

Here is the press release for the exhibition, Repurposed, that I’m currently participating in. I’m exhibiting two bodies of work, my mourning jewelry and my thesis work from RISD. The show will be on display at Georgia State University in Atlanta through November 18th.

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery is pleased to present REPURPOSED on view October 6 through November 18, 2011. The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, October 6 from 5 until 8p.m. The event is part of The Downtown First Thursdays Arts Walk.

REPURPOSED, selected by Welch School Gallery Director Cynthia Farnell, focuses on group of twelve contemporary artists who are using repurposed materials to make their work. Farnell says:

Over the years, like many other artists and art educators, I have grappled with the environmental impacts of art making. Although their methodologies and materials are diverse, the artists of REPURPOSED, each in their own way, ask us to reconsider our relationships to waste, both in the studio and in the world.

This exhibition focuses on a selected group of contemporary artists who are using repurposed materials to make their work. While found objects and readymades have been used by artists since the Dada and Surrealist movements of the early 20th Century, the artists of REPURPOSED share interests about the continuing influence of their material choices that often extend beyond aesthetic considerations. The refocusing of material context becomes an important and central concern.”

Sculptor Allyson Comstock’s recycled junk mail installation 303 Days occupies the small gallery. The works of the other REPURPOSED artists are on view in the large gallery, with natural and synthetic fabrics, found objects, plastics, metal and paper among the materials used.


Mary Lee Bendolph

Allyson Comstock

Carol LeBaron

Thornton Dial

Lonnie Holley

Pam Longobardi

Rob Nadeau

Ian Pedigo

Leigh Peacock

Aurora Robson

Islay Taylor

Wendy Wahl

The exhibition and associated events are supported in part by Student Activity Fees, The Center for Collaborative and International Arts at Georgia State University (CENCIA) and Fulton County Arts & Culture.


The following special events are free and open to the public:

Rob Nadeau artist’s presentation: Thursday, October 6, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Nadeau will discuss his work on view in REPURPOSED. Nadeau’s talk is part of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Visiting Artist series. Location: Large gallery.

Reception: Thursday, October 6, 5:00 – 8:00p.m. Location: Welch School Galleries.

Papermaking Workshop with Allyson Comstock: Friday, October 7, 1:00-3:30 pm. Location: Textiles Studio, room 157 Arts & Humanities Building. Learn to make paper from recycled fibers. No previous experience required. Materials provided. Free and open to the public but space is limited. Register today! To register email with your name, email address and phone number. Please put “Papermaking Workshop” in subject line. Sponsored by CENCIA.

Location & Hours

Welch School Galleries/ GSU

10 Peachtree Center Ave.

Atlanta, GA 30303

The Welch School Galleries are located at the corner of Gilmer Street and Peachtree Center Ave. Free evening event parking at the United Way deck at Auburn Ave. and Courtland Ave. The gallery is within walking distance of the MARTA Five Points Station. All gallery programs are free and open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Galerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam

I’ve been saving the best for last. Out of all the galleries that I visited in The Netherlands, my favorite was Galerie Louise Smit, by far.

This Gallery, located on the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterday, has been open since the mid 1980’s. Louise Smit specializes in contemporary studio jewelry, and hosts 10 solo shows in their small space while still keeping a large collection of contemporary work on permanent display. Additionally, Galerie Louise Smit publishes beautiful catalogues to accompany their solo exhibitions.
The gallery’s collection of permanent work, including pieces by Doris Betz, Seth Papac, and Edgar Filipe Silva Mosa, represents a broad perspective. The ‘result is a comprehensive and representative overview of the national and international avantgarde.’ The Gallery has a great sense of exhibition design, and really let the artists install their work in non-traditiona ways, as you can see by the photographs of Volker Atrops‘ exhibition, Immortality, below.
Also, the galleriests on hand at Louise Smit were so gracious and helpful. The gallery seemed incredibly invested in the field of Contemporary Art Jewelry, and were also very knowledgeable about their house artists.

Rings: Globes/Fragmented 2011
Boxwood, colourd glue

Necklace: Untitled 2011
Boxwood, gold, silk

Necklace: Untitled 2011

Wood from a still living taxus(Eibe/Yew)tree mother plant, silver, pariser oxid

Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam

This post is late… but, I still wanted to take the time to share some of the images and impressions of Galerie Rob Koudijs from my recent trip to Amsterdam. Galerie Rob Koudijs is located on the beautiful Elandsgracht canal, in the historic gallery district.

A small exhibition space, the gallery is laid out smartly, presenting the mostly european jewelry in a variety of manners, from conservatively placed in class cases to curating open air custom pedestals. There is also a smaller gallery section in the front of Rob Koudijs which features rotating solo shows.

From the website: The gallery specialises in contemporary art jewellery which communicates ideas, has sculptural qualities and an innovative use of materials. The gallery represents a very motivated group of jewellery artists who produce work challenging the borders of the applied and the fine arts.

As these artists come

from all corners of the globe, the latest international developments are
on display in regular solo shows and in the stock presentation of the gallery.

On display in the front gallery were some playful pieces by Felieke Van Der Leest (The End brooch pictured at right), that featured brooches, necklaces, and figures made of seed beads and repurposed plastic toys. I thought that the gallery used the color of the works that they had on display very well; the jewelry was like candies on display. I also appreciated the selection of works, as they utilized unique materials and were quite playful and experimental.

Finally, the owner/manager of Rob Koudijs was very helpful and knowledgable. I wish that I lived closer, because the upcoming shows look amazing. the Galerie will soon be showing Karen Pontoppidan, Ruudt Peters, and Mia Maljojoki: all artists that I adore!

Ruudt Peters, Lapis Prima Materia, gold, silver, copper.

Jantje Fleischhut, Thunbergia Grandfloria, gold, tourmaline, cork, resin, plastic.

Karen Pontoppidan, Boy Looking Down, silver, niello.

Neoprene Necklaces at The One Way Gallery

So, I’m excited to have some newer work at the One Way Gallery in Providence for their current show. You should definitly check out the show that’s up now… not just to see my jewelry, but also because this is the One Way’s Providence Flagship location. The One Way has been in Narragansett, Rhode Island for around 7 years now, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been there since the beginning!

The Providence One Way location is at 231 Westminster St, downtown by Craftland.

Summer Faculty Show at RISD

I decided to participate in RISDs’ Summer Faculty Exhibit at the Woods Gerry Gallery this year. I included the Biopsy Brooches that I had made shortly after graduation. I also had an image printed of the brooches on the body, in order to visually explain the pieces a little better. I really like having the work hung on the wall, it makes the pieces seem less like jewelry and more like an organic entity.
The installation of the show looked good, if not a little heavy on the painting and 2D works. Actually, I was the only jeweler to include pieces in the show! The Woods Gerry Gallery is a beautiful gallery space located in an old house on campus, and I encourage everyone to go check it out… this show is the perfect excuse!

Galerie Ra, Amsterdam

Half way through my epic vacation, my travels have brought me to Amsterdam. I’ve found The Netherlands to be an amazing country, steeped in history, culture, and creativity. Straddling the past and the present, it seems like every corner has a plaque commemorating a historical even as well as a piece of contemporary public art. Amsterdam is also a special city because it’s home to three phenomenal jewelry galleries, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Galerie Louise Smit, and Galerie Ra. This week I’ll be visiting each of these contemporary art galleries, and will be posting images from each trip.

Last night I stopped into Galerie Ra, located east of the Dam at the bottom of Nes Street. Open since 1974, Galerie Ra specializes in contemporary jewelry, vessels, and objects. Galerie Ra also has an extensive collection of self published books, as well as catalogues from past shows and artists books.
It was great to get to see the tangible works of artists that I’ve admired for so long. I didn’t do a good job of taking photos while we were in the gallery, so I pulled a couple images off their online catalogue. I’ll be posting images from the other two galleries after I visit them, enjoy!

Julie Blyfield, brooches, patinated and painted silver.

Lisa Walker, Facet pendant, mixed media.

Ela Bauer, ring, Christal, lava, epoxy, bone, yarn, silver.

Galerie Ra interior.


This show looks amazing!

COLLECT is an international exhibition hosted by the British Crafts Council which features European Contemporary craft and object makers. Hosted by the Saatchi Gallery in London, COLLECT runs from May 6th through the 9th. This show looks to be the UK’s compliment to our SOFA exhibitions, and the line-up on the website makes it look like a pretty phenomenal event. Although I’ll miss COLLECT, I plan to visit Saatchi Gallery after the show is over and see if the catalogue is still available.

Here is a blurb from the website: COLLECT champions craft makers from across the world and presents their talents, enterprise and innovation under one roof over four days. It provides important new opportunities for makers, as well as giving members of the public a chance to see and own something unique, beautiful and perfectly crafted. We know that a thriving contemporary arts and cultural offer is critical to London’s success as a world city. Events such as COLLECT are an important contributor to this and we are delighted to support the event.

Image:Monsieur Gaston neckpiece, 2010, by Eugenia Ingegno, Alternatives Gallery

Off to SOFA Chicago!

Tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn I’ll be starting my journey to Chicago to check out this years SOFA CHICAGO event. The show is an international exhibition of sculptural objects and functional art, and rotates from Chicago to New York to Santa Fe. SOFA presents prominent international galleries and art dealers in a single venue, showcasing art that bridges design, decorative and fine arts.

I’ve never been to a SOFA EXPO before, so I’m super excited to check everything out… and, I hear that Chicago’s the best venue out of the three, so that’s an added bonus! I’m also flattered because Sienna Gallery will be showing some of my new neoprene pieces at the EXPO.

The show opened today, but I’ll still have all of Saturday to wander around the show. Needless to say, I’ll be taking lots of pictures and posting them once I get back!

Installation Views of Objectified

So, I’ve finally had a moment to sit down and get this post up since returning from D.C. I had a great time in Washington, Honfleur was a wonderful gallery to work with, and the people from ARCH (a nonprofit, and Honflers parent company) were so helpful and friendly. I also kindof fell in love with the neighborhood of Anacostia, which is a historic neighborhood south of the river in D.C. Although Anacostia has a little bit of a bad reputation, as far as I can tell, it’s unwarranted. There is a wonderful arts and revitalization movement going on in the area, and it really shows… it doesn’t have a static feel at all, but you can actually feel Anacostia buzz and hum with energy and forward movement.

I’ve included images below of the final installation, which I’m really happy with. Briony Evans, the creative director and Honfleur, and Beth Ferraro, the creative director for the Gallery at Vivid Solutions, were phenomenal and the show wouldn’t have been quite as successful with out their help.

Installation view, right of gallery

Installation view, left of gallery

Robert Longyear: Neckpiece installation view

Jeanne Jo: If A Mouth Were To Whisper… and accompanying photo

Colleen Heineman: Sorted Conglomerates

Andrea Miller: Peripheral System #4 and accompanying photo