Art Gym Denver is excited to show Bijoux Metals, an exhibition of pieces created by the Art Gym metalsmith members, in the Common Space Gallery with an opening reception September 12 from 5-8PM.
To celebrate the launch of their new online shop for their metalsmith and lapidary members, Art Gym Denver and the Common Space Gallery present Bijoux Metals. The extensive variety of jewelry exhibited and available in the shop includes rings, bracelets, hairpins, earrings, necklaces, and even a pocketknife. Each piece is unique to its maker and to itself. In her artist statement on the Bijoux Metals website, Harriet Rossow explains, “I create my jewelry by spacing, layering, and combining simple geometric shapes… I strive to make jewelry which is distinctive, textured, and fun to wear.”
While the variety of metalsmith work produced by the members at Art Gym is vast, the inspiration behind the work is even broader. Each artist included in the shop and in the exhibition has a different approach to working in metalsmith and lapidary. For some, they pull from the Art Deco styles of the ‘30s and ‘40s, while others turn to nature to find inspiration. Some of the artists look to specific locations to find motivation for their work. Hillary West’s work is “an emotional reflection of her experiences, realizations and self-discovery within the desert.” While Kim Henkel uses stones found in her home of Taos, NM.
Caitlin Zeller and Andrea Lesica sum up the use of metals and lapidary in their individual statements. Zeller explains “Metals offers a rigidness as well as plasticity, which both challenge and allow for play within the form.” And Lesica says “I strive to showcase the complexity of a stone, while staying true to the straightforwardness of the way nature has created something for my hands to work with, and as such, the stone tends to play the lead role in the pieces I create.”
Bijoux Metals includes works by Melissa Belmar, Randy Burns, Marisa Cawthorne, Kim Henkel, Andrea Lesica, Amanda Pehrson, Allie Rodriguez, Harriet Rossow, Allie Schloss-Young, Vickie Stevinson, Hillary West, and Caitlin Zeller.
Visit www.bijouxmetals.com for more information or to purchase any works.
Also opening in the Art Gym Gallery is Circle, an invitational exhibition of metalsmith work, curated by Randy Burns. Thursday, Join us for an opening reception September 12 from 5 – 8PM.
Both the exhibits, the artist demos, and the artist talk are free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9AM – 6PM. They will be on display from September 12 through October 4, 2019.