Precious Metal Show in Wilmington, NC

What a lovely experience the Precious Metal Show was! This was my first time participating in the event which is held in the most beautiful old church that has been converted into an event space for the Brooklyn Arts Center. I wish I had taken some images of the interior of the space because it was so beautiful! I will make sure to do that next time!

FallCrafts at Lyndhurst 2016

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst is held on the grounds of the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown NY. I didn't get a chance to tour the mansion but I love the lines of this old greenhouse structure! See you there in September 2017!

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North Carolina Fellowship Exhibition at CAM Raleigh


Exhibition Dates 

January 31, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Opening Celebration 

February 6, 2014

First Friday Opening 

February 7, 2014

409 W Martin Street | 919.513.0946

M, W-F: 11-6:30pm | Sat, Sun: 12-5pm | Closed Tues

2012-2013 North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist, Craft Artist, and Film/Video Artist Fellowships Recipients:

Ryan Buyssens, sculptor, Charlotte

Notasia DeRubertis, narrative filmmaker, Durham 

Travis Donovan, installation artist, Chapel Hill

Scott Hazard, sculptor, Raleigh

Brandon Jones, designer/sculptor, Greensboro

Becky and Steve Lloyd, ceramists, Clyde

David McConnell, sound sculptor/installation artist, Raleigh

Daniel Nevins, painter, Asheville

Marek Ranis, experimental/video artist, Charlotte

Dana Raymond, sculptor, Garner

Amanda Small, ceramist, Chapel Hill

Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet, sculptor, Greensboro

Leigh Suggs, fiber artist, Carrboro

Sarah West, metal artist, Asheville

Jeff Whetstone, experimental filmmaker, Durham 

About The North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger and North Carolinians—young and old—who enjoy and participate in the arts.


I was born in Seattle and recently I took a trip to visit my family.  I love traveling because it gives me a chance to step outside of myself and my daily routine.  My horizon widens and I am able observe my surroundings with a certain freshness.  Here are some images from my travels. 

Splurge at Equinox Gallery

I am very excited to be participating in the exhibition, Splurge at Equinox Gallery in San Antonio, TX. This exhibition features 13 different artists with each artist contributing 13 pieces of jewelry under $100. SPLURGE will run in conjunction with Contemporary Art Month in San Antonio with an opening reception on March 2nd. You can see some pictures of the show here. Below are some pieces that I contributed to the show.

Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence

Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at 7:59pm

I am happy to announce that I am currently completing a residency at Artsapce in Raleigh, NC. I will be enjoying the wonderful atmosphere at Artspace until July 7th. This residency will culminate in an exhibition in August 2012. Come by and enjoy the varied artistic talents of the Artspace member artists, gallery spaces and First Friday events.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder


Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder 

"Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" showcases 247 images chosen from entries from over 55 artists representing North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Central America, Africa and Eurasia.

The drive to adorn the human body is surely as old as human kind. From pre-historic times this drive has led humans to use the materials at hand, combined with the technologies and tools available, to create objects to adorn the human body. The oldest jewelry found to date goes back to at least 75,000 years ago in Africa.

Early jewelry was made of bones, shells, sticks, and whatever other materials the people could find and shape. Over time the ability to mine and shape metal developed, and jewelry was made from bronze, silver, gold, platinum and other metals. Gold has long been thought of as a "precious" metal, and today it is joined by silver and platinum as the three main materials modern jewelry is made from.  While much jewelry today is made from these three main metals, a large body of jewelry world-wide is still made from a much wider range of materials. This exhibition, "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder", focuses on jewelry made primarily of materials other than gold, platinum and silver.

Jewelers today are still using found objects such as shell and bone; they are using "green" materials - upcycled and recycled objects and materials; they are using cutting edge plastics and newly developed technology; and they are using older metals such as copper, brass and bronze.

Some of the more unusual materials include vinyl LP's, velvet, VCR components, rattlesnake vertebrae, corian, canvas, paper, crab claws, magnets, synthetic rubber electrical insulation tubing, and aluminum grounding wire.

More traditional materials used include copper, bronze, brass, glass, various types of wood, gemstones, pearls and seeds. 

Techniques range from traditional metalsmithing, through a range of beading techniques, textile techniques, photography techniques and cutting edge industrial fabrication.

Participants range from professional jewelers with international reputations to students just learning their craft. 

Hosted on the Ganoksin website, the world's largest internet site devoted to jewelry- related topics, the exhibition is a snapshot of what jewelers around the world are exploring, and an inspiration to all. The exhibition was conceived Beth Wicker, an artist from South Carolina, in the USA, and curated by Beth and Hanuman Aspler, founder of the Ganoksin Project.