In June the Port Townsend Gallery features
The Jewelry Five
Addy Thornton, Andrea Guarino-Slemmons, Martha Collins, Kristen Wade, Shirley Moss
Addy Thornton creates naturally inspired wearable art with intriguing one-of-a-kind pieces. Addy's work elicits a Haiku, as in her leaf bracelet series. Other pieces are contextual and can provoke, as with an owl in the branches pendant or her egret flying through the night.
Kristen Wade will be showing her line of “Botanical Prints” silver jewelry. Her designs are inspired by nature. The textures and prints in her jewelry are derived from live plants such as jasmine, strawberry, fig and sage gathered from her garden. The “Botanical Prints” collection includes numerous designed earrings, pendants and bracelets. Kristen has been a jeweler for over 20 years, creating unique, wearable art from glass, metal and gemstones, and has shown her work in numerous galleries and arts & craft shows throughout the West Coast.
The goal of Martha Collins is to create personal, unique, 3-dimensional works of art with exotic hardwoods and brightly colored veneers. She looks for color, texture, and grain in the hardwoods and accentuates these with veneer that she hand-dyes. The artist uses woods only from sustainable yield forests. The “Ooom” bracelet has 12 different species of wood and artist dyed veneer. There are 50 pieces of wood in each bracelet and they come in sizes from XS to XL
Shirley Moss, “The Chainmaker”,has been creating handmade chains of precious metals for 47 years. Every chain is hand linked to form a variety of ancient chain patterns. Some chains use as many as 32 links per inch. She begins with long coils of sterling or gold wire wrapped on a mandrel which are then cut to start the time-consuming task of linking the hundreds of jump rings to create bracelets, necklaces and earrings, each a distinct piece of art.
Andrea Guarino-Slemmons moved to Port Townsend in 1991. Soon after arriving she opened her own gallery, Artisans on Taylor, to sell her beautiful handmade glass beads. Andrea made her glass beads in the front window when she wasn’t traveling all over the world teaching lamp work. After 25 years of doing mostly just glass she was ready for a change and started adding silver smithing to her repertoire. While Andrea enjoys using local stones and beach glass in her jewelry she has recently developed an interest in using semi precious rosecut gemstones. For June’s gallery walk she will be using stones such as sapphires, rubies, chalcedony and opals to create one of a kind rings, pendants and bracelets.
The Port Townsend Gallery at 715 Water Street is open from 10 to 6 Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Please join the artists for the Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, June 1st. For more Gallery information, phone (360) 379-8110www.porttownsendgallery.com.