As you have hopefully already seen in the announcement bar, December 17th is the last day to get orders in and have them shipped before the new year! Due to personal plans (and the desire to take some time off for myself), orders placed on December 18th or later will still be accepted, but won't be shipped until January. So if you still have gifts to buy, don't wait!
Ypsi Alloy Studios will be having its 4th annual holiday market, and this year the Ann Arbor Art Center has teamed up with us to host it! Come on out and buy some special, handmade goodies for the special people in your life (or else just for yourself)! Join us Saturday, December 8th (10:00 am - 8:00 pm) and Sunday, December 9th (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm).
Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
This curated invitational exhibition will display a selection of cast art and objects continuing and building on the theme of the award-winning book, CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, by Jen Townsend and Renée Zettle-Sterling (Schiffer Publishing, 2017.) This first-of-its-kind book reveals how the process of casting — forming a material into a mold — has transformed our world through its history and omnipresence.
In addition to works by contemporary artists and craftspeople, the exhibition will include historical objects, as well as some everyday objects. The purpose of this show (like the book) is to encourage the audience to consider casting’s countless and exciting contributions to the world around us.
December 7th, 2018 (6:00 - 10:00 pm)
This group show of jewelry and ornaments includes the work of Roger Martin, who tackled the subject of a raven by relying on planes and shadow lines to imbue the surfaces of the bird with personality. Another one of the seven artists, Lorraine Kolasa, picked up the old fashioned art of tatting, then cast tiny pieces of her handmade lace into sterling silver jewelry. Michael Nashef, who spent half his life in war-torn Lebanon, has created a series of innovative vessels and brooches. Other artists included in this exhibit are Kim Cridler, Roger Smith, Renee Zettle-Sterling and Ruth Taubman, whose unmatched exuberance of color and 36 years of work and business innovation, place her jewelry firmly on the national stage.
University of Michigan Hospital Gifts of Art Gallery - University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
Event page: https://events.umich.edu/event/53533
Come visit the Michigan Silversmiths Guild at Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair! July 19th - 22nd, booths CH609 and CH611 (on Church Street, just south of South University Avenue).
Participating artists: Charlotte Allen, Lucia Behmer, Dyanne Christian, Lorraine Kolasa, Betsy Lehndorff, Jessica Tenbusch, and Samantha Zhang.
The word sanctuary brings to mind a myriad of ideas - both physical and spiritual. It can be a place of refuge, a sacred space, a shine, or an altar. A place for thoughts or ideas, hopes and dreams - or a form of comfort in times of trouble. We can take sanctuary in our memories, habits, and routines. We seek sanctuary not just for our physical beings, but for our hearts and minds as well. Sanctuaries can be created for ourselves, those we love, or those fleeing conflict, prejudice, and persecution. We create sanctuaries to protect and preserve ecosystems and the flora and fauna dependent on them. Different species can take refuge in unlikely human-built places or seek sanctuary from each other. In contrast, the concept of sanctuary can be a double-edged sword. When something is isolated, even with the best of intentions, it can have a negative impact; isolation rather than shelter, seclusion instead of solace. Sanctuaries can divide those in it from others.
Fifteen artists from Ypsi Alloy Studios explore their interpretations of the theme, Sanctuary, for Alloy’s third group show. Ypsi Alloy Studios is a shared studio for artists to make, create, and collaborate. It was founded by Ilana Houten, Elize Jekabson, and Jessica Tenbusch in 2015 and is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
ARTISTS: Jan Bogart, Sarah Buddendeck, Will Cares, Amber Harrison, Ilana Houten, Cathy Jacobs, Elize Jekabson, Riva Jewell-Vitale, Lorraine Kolasa, Jogendro Kshetrimayum, Paloma Nunez-Reguerio, Sarah Sandusky, Meagan Shein, Jessica Tenbusch, Kari Thurman
June 15th, 2018 (6:00-9:00 pm)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1329311370559948/
Ann Arbor Art Center page: https://www.annarborartcenter.org/exhibitions/sanctuary/
As you have hopefully already seen in the announcement bar, December 20th is the last day to get orders in and have them shipped before the new year! Orders placed on December 21st or later will still be accepted, but won't be shipped until January.
I, too, would like to take some time off and enjoy the holidays, so if you still have gifts to buy, don't wait! ;)
Ypsi Alloy Studios will be having its 3rd annual open house and holiday market, December 9th and 10th, from 12:00-7:00 pm! Come on out, say hi, buy some goodies for the special people in your life (or else just for yourself), and see the spaces from which we work! Part of the Winter Art Tour for the second year in a row!
The holidays will soon be here! If you're in the Metro-Detroit area, you'll be able to find select pieces of my jewelry at each of the following venues/events:
Ann Arbor Art Center: Holiday Art Shop
November 10th - December 30th
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center: Holiday Shop
November 30th - December 21st
Detroit Artists Market: Art For the Holidays
November 3rd - December 30th
Visit the links for gallery hours and other details, and happy shopping!
I'll be presenting at the 2017 Ann Arbor Art Fair with the Michigan Silversmiths Guild! We'll be in the South University Art Fair specifically, booths 27 and 28 (on Church Street, just south of South University Avenue). Mark your calendars and come on out if you're in the area!
A general map of the fair can be found here.
Exciting news! The book I applied to way back in 2015 has finally been published! My tatted bronze necklace, "Arachne, I'm Sorry," is just one of the many works--both historic and contemporary--featured inside. It's such an honor to be a part of this, truly, and I can't wait until I get a copy for myself!
Featuring exquisite photos of 800 contemporary and historic works, this first-of-its-kind book reveals how the process of casting—pouring material into a mold—has transformed our world through its history and omnipresence. In these image-rich pages, craft, fine art, design, and everyday objects offer us perspectives on casting’s unique possibilities, its place in history, and its role in contemporary object creation. Comprehensive and insightful, the book includes writings on casting as it relates to Art History (by Suzanne Ramljak), Ceramics (by Ezra Shales), Glass (by Susie Silbert), Large Metal (by Joe Becherer), Jewelry (by Jen Townsend), and Alternative Materials (by Elaine King). A multi-disciplinary approach—including everything from traditional lost wax casting in non-ferrous metals to cast rubber, glass, porcelain, plaster, and some very unexpected materials—makes this an essential resource for artists, craftspeople, historians, designers, and everyone interested in the objects that populate our world.
What happens when one becomes many? Emerging patterns, thoughts and ideas begin to show themselves in a way that was impossible to see by only looking at one. Things are always in conversation with each other. Their meanings are derived through interactions with other elements and those meanings change as context changes. Artists often employ comparison, context and groupings to create meaning in their work. While there are many different approaches that can be taken, the outcome is the same: to create a larger entity that arises through the interactions among smaller or simpler entities.
In Emergent Effect, the artists use these methods to create meaning and find meaning in the spaces between all of their work as well. All the artists have their practices located in Ypsi Alloy Studios and in that shared space they also share ideas. Though they all work in different mediums and materials, a common voice can be found.
January 13th, 2017 (6:00-9:00 pm)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1164636040280941/
Ann Arbor Art Center page: http://www.annarborartcenter.org/exhibitions/emergent-effect/
Hello and welcome! While most of my stock designs are listed and ready for purchase, please be aware that there are a few items that unfortunately won't be available until the new year. (Some of them I have to restock, and some of them simply require a more complicated photography set-up than the one I currently have.)
Items that are currently unavailable include:
- hoop earrings (both silver and bronze, small and large sizes)
- all bracelets
- all men's/unisex items (cuff links and tie tacks)
I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but in the meantime, I hope you can still find something that catches your eye!