Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Betty Heald Jewelry

We recently became aware of a jewelry exhibition
currently on view at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery.
Entitled: "Transmutations: Material Reborn"
this show runs from
April 28, 2010 - May 17, 2010.

"Transmutations: Material Reborn" is a
contemporary jewelry art show
featuring twenty-seven international
jewelry artists who transform plastics
(materials that include resin, latex, rubber, vinyl,
and thermoplastics) into wearable art.

As described by the gallery,
"There are pieces meant for everyday adornment,
and pieces meant to make a statement."

Some of the Jewelry Artists in this exhibition include:
Mary Donald, Suzanne Golden, Rebecca Hannon,
Betty Heald, Karin Kato, Susanne Klemm,
Jocelyn Kolb, Monika Krol, Gail MacMillan Leavitt,
Vicki Mason, Emiko Oye, Natalya Pinchuk,
Leslie Shershow, Rebecca Strzelec, and Sandra Zilker.

Let's take a look at some examples of the one-of-a-kind
jewelry included in this exhibition.
                            
Here is an eye-popping brooch made
by Betty Heald, called "Light Chamber III."


Each of the pieces Betty provided for this exhibition
is made with epoxy resin, sterling silver,
gold leaf, and stainless steel.
                                              
This brooch is another example of Betty's work called "Green Beam." 
                              
 


Here is one more attention-grabbing example of Betty's work
in resin called "Light Chamber I."




There is a sense of lusciousness inherent in these
pieces that captures our imagination. 
We are curious about what seems to be a
soft, pliable texture 
combined with extraordinary detail and luminosity.
The effect is that of a transparent photographic image.
                                         
If you're in the area, pop in to see the exhibition.
We'd love to know your impressions. 

                                   

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