“Re-use, re-purpose, recycle” is an oft-repeated mantra today. How many of us have jewelry or gemstones that are just sitting around unloved and unused? Many of these items have sentimental value, so you may not want to just dispose of them. Even if you did, where would you go to get a fair price? Have you ever considered a redesign? We can take your beloved grandma’s old ring, or that outdated bracelet you received as a teenager, and do a complete makeover, transforming it into something that expresses your unique aesthetic, while honoring its origins.
If the possibilities sound intriguing, you can call to schedule a consultation, or drop by the gallery on a Tuesday or Saturday between 11am and 6pm.
Cyndi’s Ring -- original gold wedding band transformed into statement ring with silver and diamonds
Grandma’s Beads -- restrung with new handmade clasp, fresh-water pearls, amazonite
Welcome to Susan's World Connection, to me, is a vital aspect of being a maker. Whether creating fora client or for my own inventory, my hand-fabricated pieces each embody myenergy and intention as a maker, yet only come truly alive on the wearer. It brings me great pleasure to see this happen. As to what moves me, I find beauty informs and colors everywhere, especially patterns found in nature andarchitecture. This has led me to accumulate a rather large palette of unique andgraphic gemstones to create with and be inspired by. The gems act as acounterpoint to the various metals I work with.
If there is any one concept that inspires and infuses my work it is theexpression of the feminine divine in the physical world. We humans arecompelled to adorn ourselves in one way or another. Why not do so with objectsthat enhance the quality of our lives, expressing energies of compassion, beauty,and wholeness?
I was truly fortunate that my upbringing fostered my imagination and an appreciation for the arts. Back then, “screen time” was limited to a few tv shows each week, phones were attached to walls, and playing outside was encouraged. Indoors, there were a treasure trove of art supplies and a well-stocked “dress-up”trunk to occupy me and my sisters. Many of our “games” were scenarios we dreamt up and acted out. Of course it was all about the costumes...some things haven’t changed.
Our family often attended cultural events, theaters, and museums. TheBaltimore museum, not far from our home, boasted one of the largest collectionsof Matisse paintings in the country. My parents owned a massive set of full-colormuseum books that I loved to pore over on rainy days. With our mom, weexperimented with a wide range of crafts including sewing, leather, macrame,paper flowers, string art, collage and more. I wrote and drew a lot, and made myown paper dolls, with outfits I designed myself. At some point, we started takingSunday drives in the nearby countryside in search of interesting antiques. Onthese trips, I became a collector of vintage beads, costume jewelry and clothing.
I’ve always been a maker. Although my arts education was focused oncostume design, printmaking and painting, a fascination with baubles andintricate hand-craft has remained with me throughout. Before I ever dreamed ofpicking up a torch, I had, at various times made jewelry from paper, macrame,antique beads, and found objects.
After ten years as a studio artist in 2D media, I decided to learnmetalsmithing for jewelry making. The thing that appealed to me so much backthen was the chance to play with FIRE, to make beautiful and lasting objects, toponder and engineer all the intricate details of a design. I still love those things,not to mention that I get to use an awful lot of cool tools!
I’m excited to now be working with Amy at Aimee Jewelry and Gallery,and look forward to sharing my unique perspective with other art lovers in thecommunity.
The sight of an abandoned mattress invites us to reflect on our throwaway culture — and to think of those who have no mattress to rest on or secure place to call home.
This exhibition invites you to do something about it.
Join us for a curated selection of images by Audrey Galex and her Abandoned Mattress Project on view and available for purchase at Aimee Jewelry and Gallery, January 23rd - January 31st, 2020.
Your purchases will support the Initiative for Affordable Housing, which helps metro Atlanta families overcome housing insecurity with comprehensive social services. http://www.affordablehousingatl.org/
We would like to introduce Joel Barr - an Atlanta artist who has been showing at the gallery almost from its inception. He's participated in our group shows with themes from abstract art to food-related works. We are proud that his solo show for us, LIFE LINES and OTHER STORIES included an 11-piece original, sequential, and narrative work painted just for the exhibition. In addition to the shows here, he also presented an evening gallery talk on "The Artful Life." We've asked him to speak briefly about that life and about his current work.
"I've been an oil painter for over 25 years and am still happily exploring what oils can do. I love their history and the connection they provide to artists across time. I sculpt as well and always finish those works with oil painting.
I know that I am one of the lucky ones and an incredibly grateful for that. Most every day, I get to go to my studio and disappear into its world full of art and stories. For me, those things are inseparable.
Each day, I look for a shape, a color, or a quick peek at something new. That creative spark may come from something outside me - the play of sunshine on water maybe or the weaving of notes in a ballad that is new to me. It might also be generated from inside - a memory of Florida shies in winter or the look on my dog's face when he first realizes that a treat is at hand. That smell hint of insight or mystery is what I will build on in my art.
In the end, what I want to do is to share that bit of news I've somehow discovered. I hope my art - paintings or sculpture - will be a prod for viewers to broaden the story. What happened before this scene? What happens afterwards? When all is working right, that story will change and be enriched each time the viewer sees the work.
Right now, I'm excited about the interplay of the written and visual arts. I come to painting with a writing background and find that I'm returning, after over two decades, to writing as part of my daily creative life. Words have been finding their way into my paintings, sometimes directly and sometimes with more subtlety.
At the heart of all my work is a story. For me, everyone and everything carries a story and, along with those who see my art, I am forever curious to hear that story, to fill in the parts I cannot know, and to share this experience in what I create."