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Press Releases Kick off Holiday Shopping at the Walker Art Center’s Jewelry Artist Mart on Saturday, November 2

Minneapolis, October 7, 2013— Just in time for Holiday shopping, more than 25 jewelry artists from around the world show original works in a rich variety of materials and styles in the Walker Art Center’s Skyline Room at this signature Walker Shop event on Saturday, November 2, 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, November 2, 11 am–5 pm
Skyline Room


Member Mimosa Preview
10-11 am Skyline Room


Exclusively for Walker Members and their guests, this one-hour preview gives you the first look at this year’s stunning selections while sipping mimosas.

Featured Artists

Amy Torello, Mexico City, Mexico
Materials: sterling silver, glass enamel, resin

Torello has studied at the Castillo workshops in southern Mexico where she apprenticed with several master Mexican silversmiths. Inspired by such elements as architecture, geometry, minimalism, and mechanics, she sees an interaction between the basics of color and form, movement, and space.

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.

Beth Novak, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: enamel on copper and sterling silver

Novak is originally from Wisconsin, where she went to UW Stout and received a degree in studio art. She loves to explore texture and color and finds that both silver and enamel on copper really allows her to do so. The copper is formed before enameling to give the piece tremendous depth. She uses lead-free enamels, fired at about 1500 degree, using a torch or kiln. Often, graphite is used to ass drawn details.

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.

Bridget Clark, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, gold, pearls, and gemstones

Clark has been designing and creating jewelry since 1986. She handcrafts each piece of her jewelry line using traditional jewelry techniques including fabrication, casting, forging, stone setting, and soldering. Her works are both fine jewelry and contemporary at the same time.

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.


Brittany Foster, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: silver, sterling silver, ruby

With innumerable influences, from cephalopods to industrial debris and munitions, Foster makes jewelry, because she has always made things. As a youngster, she was drawn to doing things with her hands. Jewelry seemed mysterious, which led her to wonder, “How people could possibly do that with simple, manual tools?” When she discovered there were also hammers and fire involved, it sealed the deal.

Carrie Hoffnagle, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, Formica, and lab-grown gems

Hoffnagle has been busy diligently designing jewelry and establishing herself as a jewelry artist since she graduated in 2006 with a BFA from Iowa State University. Her jewelry explores many organic forms and shapes and her influences lie within the context of modern contemporary minimalism. She creates contrasting jewelry that is sleek, has refined shapes, and warm playful colors that rebel against the status quo of today’s contemporary jewelry design.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Karla Rae, Saint Paul, MN
Materials: leather, metal, enamels, and precious stones

Rae has always enjoyed the creative and active side of life with traveling, languages, art, cooking, sewing and gardening. She recently started working with jewelry, discovered that she loved it and dove in head first! She enjoys working with leather, metal, enamels, and precious stones.

Katie Lime, Chicago, IL
Materials: sterling silver

Lime is the owner, designer, and maker of Moira K. Lime Jewelry. She works out of her small studio space in Chicago, IL, which she enjoys sharing with her two lovable dogs. Lime attended Indiana University and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in metalsmithing and jewelry design. Moira K. Lime Jewelry is inspired by the natural and botanical world that so many pass by without notice. Lime strives to bring attention the loveliness of all these small things in life and draw people to appreciate the natural beauty of the world.

Kerri Norman, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: mixed metals, stones and gems

Norman is a jewelry designer and metalsmith based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. She uses mixed metals, stones and gems to create multi-level textures, distressed surfaces, and in some pieces a sense of movement and flow.

Lauren Nicole, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: sterling silver, gemstones, acrylic, stainless steel, and organic elements

Nicole is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Over the last ten years she has been working professionally as a graphic designer and making jewelry on the side for the past five years. Her current collection embraces an old world meets new flavor by combining a unique media mix with a touch of modernism and new technology.


Madison Holler, St. Cloud, MN
Materials: beads and sterling silver

Born and raised in central Minnesota, Madison works mostly with metals, beads, found Minnesota porcupine quills, beach glass and other organic materials from Minnesota and near her cabin in Ontario, Canada. She also enjoys wood working and carving, baking, and sewing.

Magally Lopez, Guilford, CT
Materials: sterling silver, gold, and stones

The sensuality of lace and the intricacy of crochet are what inspired jewelry designer Lopez to develop the technique of transforming silver and gold “thread” into beaded pieces. She was trained in traditional metalsmithing techniques and received her BFA in sculpture in 1998.


Peg Fetter, St. Louis, Missouri
Materials: sterling silver, gold, steel, and diamonds

Fetter received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied with Heikki Seppa. Attending classes at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, she was inspired to combine steel with metalsmithing. Balancing toughness and delicacy, she combines the intrinsic preciousness of jewelry with the edginess of blacksmithing.

Robyne Robinson, Minneapolis, MN
Materials: natural stone, glass, fresh water pearls, sterling plated chain

Robinson started making jewelry when she was about 12 or 13, but she didn’t know it was because her mother didn’t have the money to buy Christmas presents on a teacher’s salary every year. She made it a fun trip to the bead store with her sister, and they would make designs for all their friends.

Robinson found herself making beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings to meet the demands of friends. She loves using semi-precious stones– amber, carnelian, or jade. Robinson says there are so many different types of rocks and stones that have been used for health, beauty, spirituality, trade, from the Pharaohs until today– we just have a natural attraction to the rocks under our feet.

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.”

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.”

Susan Panciera, St. Peter, MN
Materials: 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

WALKER SHOP HOURS

Tuesday–Sunday, 11 am–5:30 pm
Open late Thursday, 11 am–9 pm
Closed Monday

612.375.7633
 shop.walkerart.org

Jewelry Mart

Jewelry Mart

Jewelry Mart

Skyline Room, Walker Art Center, November, 2011

Photo by Gene Pittman, Walker Art Center