The first weekend in November usually finds me in Chicago exploring the high end galleries who gather to present their artists in SOFA, the Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art expo. I've gone for several years now, meeting distant friends who share my love of art. This year, I would have been solo, so I decided to take the opportunity to visit a much smaller show that meets during the same time frame, the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show.
Featuring twenty-eight invited jewelry artists, the show occupies two awkward rooms at a small conference center in NW Atlanta. Several of the artists are local and bring their full booths to set up, while other artists come by plane and bring only work to display in the basic low glass cabinets the show must provide. In all cases, jewelry was the focus.
|Carolyn Morris Bach|
Back home after the getaway weekend, I'm analyzing what draws me to the work of certain artists. One thing that all three of these artists have in common is stones. Both Sydney and Carolyn work with exquisite large stones, while Patricia uses small diamonds. Gold also figures noticeably in their work, although combined with oxidized silver. I've been recently purchasing more stones to incorporate into my own work, and I've added tiny touches of gold, but I'm going to explore more seriously both of these directions.