Archive for April, 2010

April 29, 2010

B.B. Simon Original Belts

Author: Cathy Lynn

See the Gallery Five online collection of B.B. Simon’s art to wear leather belts adorned with Swarovski crystals.

Spanning over 20 years in the accessories industry, B.B.Simon’s designs clearly raise the bar of design standards, bringing forth an eclectic, unique collection of belts all adorned with authentic Swarovski crystals.

B.B. Simon is a combination of the classic forms past and present with their distinct style and hand artistry. The designs reflect ingenuity, brilliant color, and variant textures that stimulate the mind, today, tomorrow, and forever.

Some may say Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery and many accessories have been made to resemble our breathtaking designs.  Isn’t it time you owned a B.B.Simon!

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April 26, 2010

Window Sprite Solar Chimes

Author: Cathy Lynn

Many Feng Shui practitioners use chimes to enhance the energy flow in a space. Sound and movement are powerful sources of increased energy flow. Solar chimes attract energy and keep it flowing indoors to create harmony for people within an environment.

Gallery Five has a collection of Sunblossom Solar Chimes. The artists are committed to contributing beauty, joy, and harmony within the world, creating products that impact your life in unique and positive ways: sometimes soothing, sometimes energetic, and sometimes whimsical and fun. They provide you with a respite from your hectic life and can provide food for your soul.

Solar chimes provide you with magical chiming and movement. You will be delighted and soothed without needing wind or batteries. You will be presented with random, lilting tones drifting through the air with our indoor chimes, or with the delightful waving of a flower clasped a SoulMate’s hands. Perfect for your home or office.

Color collection includes purple-blue, blue-green, purple-green, yellow-orange, red-purple, and green-orange.

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April 20, 2010

Art Jewery by Keith Lewis

Author: Cathy Lynn

Keith Lewis has been designing and making jewelry for over twenty-five years.  Keith is a favorite of Gallery Five where a fine collection of his art-to-wear jewelry can be found.

Jewelry artist, Keith Lewis artist statement  … “In my work I explore the line between accident and control, manipulating the inherent qualities of natural materials. I am currently using a mineral called mica which has been shellacked together forming an amber colored natural material. I laminate layers of this amber mica to form the structure of the piece of jewelry, then apply 23K goldleaf and inset natural pearls and precious stones. I contrast this formal construction with serendipitous surface treatment such as my version of a very old Japanese patina; I heat copper to bright red, expose it to wood particles, and then plunge it into boiling water which creates an organic and unpredictable “Raku” effect. I strive to capture not only the beauty of the natural materials themselves, but the surprises that arise from working with them.”

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April 17, 2010

Dichroic Glass Sculptures

Author: Cathy Lynn

Each of LaserGlass Art’s Inner-Glow Collection shells is comprised of 45% leaded crystal, compared to the 38% component found in Austrian crystal. The shells are individually hand-cast using their own adaptation of a casting method originally developed by the ancient Egyptians to make gold jewelry. The crystal shells are molded from actual seashells and exhibit all the fine detailing of nature’s originals. The use of the more expensive 45% leaded crystal permits the capture of such definition.

Glass Artist, Geoffrey Caplette, B.S., California Polytechnic University, is a dichroic glass specialist, with 23 years thin film experience. He creates dichroic glass by evaporating precise thicknesses of refractory oxides onto glass in a carefully controlled vacuum. His exacting techniques produce colors of a purity unmatched by any other methods.

Glass Artist, Patricia Caplette, B.A., University of California, Berkeley, has been a sculptor for 20+ years and has won numerous awards for her work. She has also been a glass designer for the past ten years, with extensive experience in glass casting and slumping methods, and knowledge of glassblowing techniques.

Browse the Gallery Five collection of Patricia and Geoffrey Caplette’s LaserGlass Art’s Inner-Glow Collection as well as more  Glass Art.

Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metal oxides which give the glass dichroic  optical properties. Dichroic glass dates back to at least the 4th century AD as seen in the Lycurgus cup, a Roman glass beaker in the British Museum, made of dichroic glass, to show different colors when held up to the light.

The main characteristic of dichroic glass is that it has a transmitted color and a completely different reflected color, as certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected. This causes an array of colour to be displayed. The colors shift depending on the angle of view.

A plate of dichroic glass can be fused with other glass in multiple firings. Due to variations in the firing process, individual results can never be exactly predicted, so each piece of fused dichroic glass is unique

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April 12, 2010

Dichroic Glass Jewelry

Author: Cathy Lynn

Dicrhoic glass is one of the hottest materials being used by artisans today. The brilliance of dichroic glass must be experienced first hand.

Talented jewelry artist, Linda Shull, incorporates her own handmade fused dichroic art glass with sterling silver in whimsical and fun patterns. She uses the kinetic qualities of dichroic glass to create depth, movement and intensity. Each glass piece is unique because Linda continuously experiments with her medium, adding metals and crushed glass to her kiln-fired pieces. She has developed a special technique in assembling the glass for fusing.

Over the years Linda’s jewelry has been showcased internationally in art galleries and museum stores. She wants her jewelry to give people joy and amusement in their daily lives. The unique creativity she expresses through her glass is sure to bring smiles to both the wearer of her pieces and the casual observer.

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April 10, 2010

Oxidized Sterling Silver Jewelry

Author: Cathy Lynn

Lisa Ceccorulli, jewelry artist, hand-fabricates pendants, bracelets, and earrings using brushed sterling silver or oxidized sterling silver with 22k gold accents. She creates textures by hammering, sandblasting and roll printing.

The shapes of Lisa Ceccorulli’s art jewelry take the forms of stepping stones used to make walkways through ancient Japanese gardens. The stones (as well as some of the plants) were arranged in groups of threes, fives, and sevens. Today, Buddhist temples still have gardens based on the 3-5-7 design.

To imitate the texture of those stones, Ceccorulli hammers the metal against a rock and then sandblasts it. The fused appliqués of 22k gold reflect her interpretation of the elements in a landscape.

Lisa says she likes to look at three, five, and seven as symbols of the steps to contentment.

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April 6, 2010

Home Decor at Gallery Five

Author: Cathy Lynn

A Gallery Five online collection of handmade fine crafts showcases ceramics, wood, glass, metal, fiber, sculptures, wall art, and functional art by prominent and promising craftsmen throughout the United States.

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April 3, 2010

A Kay Chapman trunk show

Author: Cathy Lynn

A trunk show is a special event within the fashion world in which an artist or designer puts on a special display of his or her work for review by a select group.

Kay Chapman, fabric artist and art to wear clothing designer shows her work in galleries and boutiques nationwide. Kay’s trunk show will be at Gallery Five hrough April 3rd.  She works primarily on natural fabrics – silk, linen, cotton, wool, and bamboo fabrics. Pattern and color are applied to the fabric using direct die techniques. Fabric is usually stretched over bars and painted with either fiber reactive or acid dyes using foam brushes. Dyes are then set by steaming. The fabric is then washed and rinsed and ready to be made into the garment.

Kay creates styles which flatter a woman’s body and are easy to wear.

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