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Press Releases Find Your Spring Style at the Walker Art Center’s Regional Jewelry Artist Mart on Saturday, May 4

Minneapolis, March 15, 2013— Just in time for Mother’s Day, more than 20 regional artists gather in the Walker Art Center’s Skyline Room to show and sell their designs at this signature Walker Shop event on Saturday, May 4, 11 am–5 pm. Walker members are invited to a Mimosa Preview, 10am–11am. Sip mimosas while you enjoy a sneak peek at this fantastic selection of artisan jewelry—an exclusive treat for Walker members. RSVP required for the members preview: 612.375.7655 or membership@walkerart.org.

Walker members receive a 10% discount and all proceeds support the Walker’s artistic and educational programs. Shop online at: shop.walkerart.org.

Jewelry Artist Mart
Saturday, May 4, 11 am–5 pm
Skyline Room

Member Mimosa Preview
10-11 am Skyline Room

Featured Artists

Yen Chee, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, quartz, and onyx

As the daughter of a world-renowned watercolor artist Chee traveled to many art galleries as a young girl and was always drawn to the work of jewelry designers. Each clean, yet elegant design has a unique story and source of inspiration ranging from the hand-carved moldings of Italy’s Uffizi Museum, to her grandmother’s exotic gardens in Malaysia.

Dominique Bereiter, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver and copper

Bereiter is an avid collector of jewelry from ethnic to contemporary styles. Growing up in Geneva, Switzerland she was exposed to art at an early age and developed a passion for jewelry and ceramics. Using mostly oxidized sterling silver, Bereiter adds texture, copper elements and stones to make her work unique.

Debbie Carlos, Lansing, MI
Materials: brass, gold, stones and beads

Carlos was born in LA, grew up in Manila, Philippines, then moved to Massachusetts where she studied psychology, then onto Chicago, IL to study photography and now she splits her time between Chicago and Lansing, MI. During all of her travels she has always had a love for the arts.

Susan Crow, Northfield, MN
Materials: recycled gold and silver, lab created or reclaimed diamonds and gemstones

Using fair-minded or recycled metal and gemstones East Fourth Street creates luxury jewelry with a conscious. Crow was recently designated by CBS Minnesota as one of Minnesota’s top reclaimed metal artists. “Previously good design employed function, great aesthetics and innovation. My goal is to add a fourth, sustainability. This new reality is about designing smart by integrating sustainability into our jewelry development processes from the beginning.”

Erin Kate Duininck, Excelsior, MN
Materials: sterling silver, semi-precious stones and found objects

Daughter of artists/musicians herself, Duininck was creating art as soon as she could hold a crayon. She is nostalgic, sentimental and creative to a fault; all of this can be seen in her wonderful take on jewelry. Duininck creates charms that symbolize moments in one’s life. She creates her work in The Orchard Art House a wonderful eclectic art space on her property in Minnesota.

Susan Elnora, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver

Elnora is drawn to imagery that reflects a connection to spirit, awareness, curiosity, and playfulness. She’s interested in exploring the idea that jewelry can fulfill roles beyond that of adornment and act as a visual and tactile manifestation of memories, dreams and intentions. Drawing inspiration from the unique beauty and sense of impeding loss that can be encountered in the collision of the industrial and natural worlds, Susan’s work often explores images of a fading American mythology with a unique perspective and an aesthetic of organic modernism.

Monica Hansmeyer, Turtle River, MN
Materials: sterling silver and stones

Hansmeyer is the youngest sister of seven and therefore named her Jewelry Line Seven Sister Design. She lives in northern Minnesota, Turtle River, a quiet strange spot surrounded by lakes, rivers and pines. Designs are etched on the metals surface then Monica creates and solders, adding stones for color and beauty. She loves jewelry that has a combination of age-old metal techniques, creative expression and adornment.

Grace Hogan, Bayfield, WI
Materials: sterling silver, hand-picked rocks, and beach glass

Inspired by the things “we stomp over in our everyday lives,” Hogan creates wearable objects that combine sheet metal with elements and ideas from nature such as hand-picked rocks and beach glass.

Karin Jacobson, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, palladium, lab-grown gems

Play is a central theme in Jacobson’s futuristic and fun work, which is inspired by science-fiction, comic books, mechanical toys, and Japanese animation. Making bold statements, her designs incorporate big shapes, clean lines, and bright colors.

Betty Jäeger, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, 18 karat, 22karat and 24 karat gold

Jäger was born and raised on the shores of the misty Puget Sound. Her current line of handmade jewelry finds inspiration in the interesting and organic textures of her past. Reflections of the simple curve of a wave, the bark on evergreen trees can be found in her organically crafted jewelry. The strength of a hand fabricated piece of jewelry robustly highlighted with the softness of hammered texture and smooth satin finish. These pieces exude the consistency of natural elements, imitating the deep texture and bold, voluminous forms, and finally relayed onto metal.

Annika Kaplan, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones

After studying jewelry design and fabrication at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Kaplan set up shop in a small south Minneapolis studio. Influenced by nature and folk traditions, she produces jewelry made mostly from blackened sterling silver and semi-precious gems. She strives to create pieces which are both highly wearable and highly unique, in hopes of offering wearers a new way to adorn themselves.

Britta Kauppila, Duluth, MN
Materials: sterling silver, stone, gold and pearls

Kauppila hand forms each piece of jewelry she makes by manipulating and shaping metal into pieces that are extremely soft and delicate, but substantial. Often inspired by nature, she combines form, line, and texture to produce movement, rhythm, and harmony and is drawn to the contradiction of the hard immovable structure that metal offers to create her unique jewelry line.

Tia Keobounpheng, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: wood, acrylic, various metals

Keobounpheng has always been fascinated with “things” and how they are made. Making things with her hands and designing jewelry contrasts the time and scale involved in working through the architectural design process, adding considerable balance to her own creative process and drive. Color, texture, repetition, variation, light, and tactile quality are important considerations in her work.

Penny Larsen, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver and semi-precious stones

Creative director Penny Larsen Munson loves jewelry of all kinds. Her enjoyment and love of creating are obvious in her attention to hand-crafted detail. Her BFA in printmaking is evident in the clean, organic lines of her designs. Her love of travel and nature can be seen in her latest line simply titled “penny” which consists of silver pendant charm choices.

Tova Lund, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, wood, stones and enamel

By combining an aesthetic that is both organic and industrial Lund mediates the contradictions and similarities between natural and created landscapes. She looks at architecture and geology, things new and old and uses forms, patterns and materials that appear in different types of environments. By emulating these forms with stone or recycled tin, her work plays with familiar abstraction. Lund enjoys the ambiguity of abstraction that can turn one thing into another, allowing perception to become fluid.

Jennifer Merchant, Eden Prairie, MN
Materials: corian, acrylic and gemstones

Merchant has been a creator since birth. She strives to blur the line between art and fashion with her unique designs. She has been making jewelry for over 11 years, and studied metalsmithing at the Savannah College of Art and Design, receiving a BFA in metals and jewelry in 2005.

Upon graduating from college, Merchant moved back to the Twin Cities and set out to create jewelry in her modest home studio. Lacking many of the tools and equipment needed to work in metals as per her training, she started working with corian and acrylic. Her work is handcrafted using techniques that she has developed after many years of experimenting with these materials.

Susan Panciera, St. Peter, MN
Materials: argentium sterling silver, 14k and 18k gold

Panciera has been making jewelry since 1987. She believes a balance must be achieved between delicacy and strength, movement and comfort, evolving styles and timelessness. Panciera uses hammers, pliers, saws, torches and her hands, utilizing the traditional fabrication techniques of sawing, forging, forming, soldering and polishing to transform the materials into a finished piece of wearable sculpture.

Katerina Pflipsen Olivova, River Falls, WI
Materials: sterling silver, hand-blown glass, stones and fossils

Growing up in a family of glass artists, Olivova first began working in jewelry with her mother who uses Tiffany style stained glass techniques and as she experimented she developed a style of her own which allows her to create pieces using hand-blown glass, stones and fossils along with her metalsmithing.

Tina Rice, Ames, IA
Materials: silver, copper, glass, and enamel

Rice resides in the Midwest and is the designer and creator of a bold and fun collection of charming enamel jewelry. Her work incorporates bright colors of enamel and a variety of copper shapes, which allows the jewelry, takes on a life of its own.

Erin Smith, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, porcelain, terra cotta and natural fibers

Smith comes from a long line of jewelers and metalworkers (hence the name smith), but her degree in product design introduced her to a multitude of materials. She has spent the past five years designing for a nationwide retailer, while juggling her own interior and product design jobs on the side. Just recently she’s decided to delve into the world of freelance 100% allowing her to spend all of her time doing the things that she loves.

Andrea Renee Terhaar, Cold Spring, MN
Materials: leather

Terhaar is a self-taught jewelry artist with a background in art and a degree in art history from the College of St. Benedict. Her passion for designing leather jewelry stems from her interest in fashion and unique wearable items. Her pieces add an edgy touch to both elegant and casual wear.

Mel Tudisco, Burnsville, MN
Materials: sterling silver

Mel Tudisco’s world is made up of textures and layers. She gets energized by the reaction and the texture that is created on metal when it is distorted with heat, pounding, or painting. Metal doesn’t move easily and Tudisco loves the process of coaxing it to give it a tactile life. She is impelled to produce structure and density where there once was smoothness. Of all her tools, her favorites are an old railroad rail and a chewed up copper mallet. When Tudisco uses these tools they create her own personal marks and textures that are unique only to her work.

Scott Verson, St. Louis Park, MN
Materials: sterling silver, gold and precious stones

Well known for his creative, custom jewelry, Verson, the owner of Metal & Stone Design, often has repeat customers. He is a 20 year veteran of the fine jewelry industry. Hand fabrication and lost wax are methods Verson uses to create his custom fine jewelry.

Helen Wang, Edina, MN
Materials: semi-precious stones and mixed precious metals

Wang creates each deftly designed one-of-a kind or limited edition piece with the person who will eventually wear it in mind. Whether it’s a druzy quartz marquis earring or the vintage luxury feel of a genuine Swarovski crystal bridal choker, Wang’s hands create the jewelry to reflect her vision.

Rebecca Wicklund, Edina, MN
Materials: sterling silver, copper, glass and semi-precious stones

Wicklund has been creating jewelry since 2008 as a creative balance to her day job in the health care field. Her pieces are contemporary and express easy wear ability. Color, clean lines and simplicity drive her creative process.

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Ring by Yen Chee