Winter is a hard time to keep up on blog posts for two reasons: first, many of the projects I'm working on are commissions and I just can't spill the beans on my customers by leaking images of the works in progress, and secondly, this is the time of year I tackle my submissions for the annual national jewellery exhibition in Toronto and it's verboten to reveal the finished piece before the jurying is done.
But the jurying is done! And this year my piece has been accepted into the show! Yay!
The national jewellery exhibition has been hosted by Zilberschmuck Gallery for the past ten years, but with the unfortunate closure of that spectacular space last year, the torch has been passed to 18 Karat Studio and Gallery, also in Toronto. They have taken on the not insignificant challenge of this exhibition and have run with it!
|Red Maple, A.Y. Jackson|
The show now has a name that will carry it from year to year: The Great White North Exhibition. This year the chosen theme is The Group of Seven. Participants were to choose a painting or artist from the Group of Seven and make their work based upon it. I chose Red Maple, by A.Y. Jackson. And my neckpiece, Drifting, imagined a moment in time after the one depicted in the painting, when a stiff breeze had lifted the turning leaves from their branches and set them floating on the churning river beyond.
I referenced the river in the painting to create the sterling silver swirls that suggest the eddies in the fast-flowing water. These I etched, and shaped using my dapping block.
18 Karat Studio and Gallery behind it. I'm looking forward to seeing the exhibition in its entirety, and seeing the inspiration other artists drew from The Group of Seven.
If you are in the Toronto area, you can see the exhibition this coming week, as it is to be included in Toronto's Art and Fashion Week, April 21st-25th, 585 Dundas St. East, 6-12pm.
In the month of July the exhibition will be on display at 18 Karat Studio and Gallery, 275 Dundas Street West. A reception is planned as well, and I will pass along details as they become available.