October 7, 2008

Atlanta Prepares for Second Annual Contemporary Jewelry Show

The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show (ACJS) announced that it has added four top jewelry creators to the roster of artists exhibiting at its second annual event. The newly announced artists include Marcia Macdonald, Chihiro Makio, Steve Midgett and Jerry Scavezze. The show will be held at the Defoor Centre in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ACJS also announced that The Spruill Center for the Arts will sponsor a wine and cheese reception during which patrons will have an opportunity to meet the artists in an informal setting. The reception will take place at the Defoor Centre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 7.

The show will feature nationally recognized artists from 13 states, including Georgia, Texas, Colorado and Massachusetts. Many of the artists will debut special collections for Atlanta at the show.

"The ACJS aims to shine a spotlight on the country's contemporary jewelry artists and raise awareness of the significance of jewelry as an art form," said show director Debra Lynn Gold. "The show itself provides an excellent showcase for patrons to enjoy these extraordinary pieces of wearable art."

In addition to showcasing their work at the ACJS, several nationally recognized artists will also participate in a jewelry symposium at the Spruill Center for the Arts. These artists include Ricky Frank, Lena Marie Echelle, Harold O'Connor, Thomas Mann and Helen Blythe-Hart.

Macdonald, Makio, Midgett and Scavezze join 21 artists already listed as exhibitors.

The artists and their work:

 --  Helen Blythe-Hart designs colorful gold and gemstone jewelry. --  Jamie Cassavoy makes botanically themed sterling and 18k gold jewelry     with precious stone and semi-precious bead accents. --  Patsy Croft designs cloisonne enamels in 18k and 22k gold. --  Ben Dyer uses direct metal techniques such as cold forging,     handforming, texturing, and gold soldering to construct his jewelry. --  Lena Marie Echelle hand fabricates jewelry in mixed metals and     materials. --  Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend work with sterling silver inlaid     with polymer, strung on semi-precious strands. --  Julia Fluker's jewelry is a classically informed investigation of     natural forms, incorporating sensibilities associated with ancient     cultures. --  Ricky Frank designs cloisonne enamel jewelry in silver and gold. --  Debra Lynn Gold uses sterling silver and anodized aluminum to combine     the playful movement of parts within formal three-dimensional structures. --  Leigh Griffin brings Asian-inspired designs in mixed metals with     unusual stones. --  Carol and Jean-Pierre Hsu's anodized aluminum jewelry offers an array     of vibrant designs in brilliant color. --  Regina Imbsweiler's work consists of silver and gold with aquamarines,     tourmalines and other stones. --  Kim Jones' art is handmade of sterling silver and a select use of     golds, constructed mostly with hand tools. --  Deb Karash creates patinated copper embellished with colored pencil     which is suspended over a sterling silver background. Color, texture,     pattern, & structure combine to create distinctive pieces that bring     together drawing, sculpture & jewelry into wearable art. --  Sydney Lynch uses sterling silver, 18k and 22k gold for her creations. --  Chihiro Makio combines different shapes and textures of metal and     infuses them with glass seed beads and sequins to provide color and create     functional jewelry. --  Thomas Mann, a long-time favorite of Atlanta collectors, designs     techno-romantic jewelry objects. --  Lee Marraccini's work is contemporary/classic and uses 18k gold,     precious stones, diamonds and inlay. --  Marcia Macdonald uses mixed media one-of-a-kind and limited edition     pieces, which are made with a variety of materials including silver and     contrasting materials such as found objects, rusted steel, recycled tin,     carved wood, paint, gold leaf, eggshells, and stones or pearls. --  Steve Midgett specializes in mokume jewelry and is internationally     recognized as a leading authority on mokume gane. --  Danielle Miller-Gilliam crafts contemporary silver jewelry with 18k     gold accents and kinetic elements. --  Harold O'Connor uses classic techniques, such as reticulation, gold     overlay and granulation, in a contemporary way. His images are inspired by     travel, environment and social reaction. --  Annette Paskiewicz's jewelry consists of fused glass set in sterling     silver. --  Kate Rothra Fleming designs lampwork glass jewelry. --  Jerry Scavezze uses an anticlastic raising process to hand make and     hand polish gold into lightweight sculpture for the body, with stones,     pearls and colored accents sprinkled throughout to add drama to the fluid     forms.      

Tickets will be available at the door for $5. The Defoor Centre is located at 1710 Defoor Ave. N.W. in Atlanta, with easy access from I-75 and Howell Mill Road. More information can be found at www.atlantacontemporaryjewelryshow.com.

About The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show

The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show (www.atlantacontemporaryjewelryshow.com) is an exhibition of some of the country's most highly regarded jewelry artists. The event offers the public an opportunity to meet these artists, as well as view and purchase pieces entirely handcrafted by the artists in a range of materials, styles and prices. The show will be held at the Defoor Centre at 1710 Defoor Ave. N.W., Atlanta, Ga., 30318.

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