Archive for October, 2010


October 24, 2010

Jo Ann Page handbags

Author: Cathy Lynn

Art to wear accessories at Gallery Five is showcasing Jo Ann Page leather bags.

Jo Ann specializes in fine American skins in the time honored tradition of European craftsmanship. Trained in the art of leather on the island of Ibiza, Jo Ann Page upholds a time honored tradition with attention to every detail, personally, by hand.

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October 21, 2010

Keith Lewis, Jewelry Artist

Author: Cathy Lynn

Keith Lewis, jewelry artist, is featured at Gallery Five.  Browse Keith Lewis earrings.

ARTIST STATEMENT

In my work I explore the line between accident and control, manipulating the inherent qualities of natural materials. I am currently using amber Mica which I layer with 23K goldleaf and inset with 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. As I create and explore at my jeweler’s bench, I strive to capture not only the beauty of the natural materials themselves, but the surprises that arise from working with them.

1/2" x 1 1/4" gold leaf earrings

The design concept at the heart of nearly all my designs is a simple shape in a moveable (kinetic) format. Nearly every finding is handmade to enhance this movement; an earwire allows a shape to rotate, a connector will swivel, a loop will act as a hinge. The handmade earwires allowed me to develop my signature earring, which is designed to fasten closed.

Growing up in Europe and the Far East, I became interested in crafts at an early age. I began learning to make jewelry in South Korea at a lapidary shop in 1968 and later studied at several universities, graduating with a Masters of Fine Arts in Goldsmithing from the State University of New York / New Paltz , during the tenure of Kurt Matzdorf and Bob Ebendorf. I have been designing and making jewelry in the Hudson River Valley for over twenty-five years. One part-time assistant helps me in the studio, and my wife keeps it all together.

1 1/8" x 2" sunflower design earrings

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October 11, 2010

unique hand crafted leather handbags

Author: Cathy Lynn

Rena Western Havana and Bomber by Jon and Tracy Haaland 15"x7"x4"

Jon and Tracy Haaland team up to create a line of unique hand crafted leather handbags showing mainly in local galleries and art fairs. They use new and scrap leathers together with hand-formed copper rings, intricate silk screen designs and their own brand of rustic hand crafted wood handles creating pieces of wearable art that are out of the ordinary. In a short amount of time their handbags have been seen in galleries and boutiques around the world from San Francisco to Hong Kong. Jon and Tracy hand craft each bag to order. The artistic process is what they love. Chemical Wedding exemplifies an alchemical transmutation of form, such as lead into gold. Jon and Tracy are continually striving to transform fine art and design into a utilitarian piece of elegant, wearable sculpture uniting form and function. A perfect Chemical Wedding.

Jon and Tracy take pride in creating unique handbags using new leathers, recycled, post-industrial scrap, and factory second leathers. Simple, elegant and durable, Chemical Wedding strives to create bags for all occasions and to last a lifetime.

Myra leather handbag by Jon and Tracy Haaland 16"W x 7"H x 4"D

Browse a diverse collection of  handbags at GalleryFive.com 24/7.

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October 7, 2010

Special Breast Cancer Awareness Watch

Author: Cathy Lynn

Unique designer watch, limited edition, special breast cancer awareness watch. Square silver/pink face, elegant pink ripple glass band., medium size fits wrists 6.5". Artist signed.

Celebrate a loved one’s life with Linda Schull’s Breast Cancer Awareness Watch. She donates a portion of the proceeds to cancer research with each one sold. This is Linda’s way of giving thanks for being a Breast Cancer Survivor!

Exquisite art glass watches by Linda Shull are featured in art jewelry at Gallery Five.

Linda’s work 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.

Shull Design Studio, Linda Shull Artist.  Unique designer watch, limited edition, special breast cancer awareness watch.  Square silver/pink face, elegant pink ripple glass band., medium size fits wrists 6.5″.  Artist signed.

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October 4, 2010

Gallery Five 29th Season!

Author: Cathy Lynn

Join us in celebrating Gallery Five’s 29th Season! Discover an exciting collection of American crafts from over 150 prominent and promising artisans who create one-of-a-kind and limited edition wearable art and fine crafts. Browse our virtual drawers 24/7 and experience secure online shopping.

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