‘Baubles, Bangles & Beads’ at In-Town Gallery in December
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Carnelian agate necklace designed by Eleanor Goodson
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Eleanor Goodson knows how to fill the wish list of holiday shoppers — with her exquisite custom-made jewelry.

For 24 years, this master craftsman has designed intricate gold and silver pieces and elegant bead necklaces for In-Town Gallery clients. Her eagerly anticipated annual Trunk Show (Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.) is available only at this opening reception. However, Goodson will continue to display her special holiday jewelry throughout the month of December.

A feature of her newest work is handmade 20K gold beads of various shapes strung between the stones of three necklaces introduced for the first time. The lapis lazuli stones with imbedded pyrite gold flecks were hand-cut in Switzerland by skilled artisans. The chalcedony quartz pieces in smoky blue shades are unique. Tapered shapes of carnelian agate form a slender necklace. The hand-knotted perfectly round Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads are equivalent to the coveted Persian stones. All the necklaces have gold hook-and-eye clasps designed by Goodson.

Favorites like traditional pearls and freshwater pearls have been re-styled, and beads from precious and semi-precious stones arranged in cascading colors form necklaces and bracelets. Goodson’s specialty gold rings, and hand-crafted pendants will also be showcased at the front-wall exhibit.

This fascinating career began when Chattanooga native Goodson became a self-espoused ‘rock hound’ in fourth grade, when given lapidary equipment. Learning the qualities of the different gems as she worked with semi-precious stones led to her interest in jewelry design.

Much later she became engrossed with Greek jewelry and attended annual ancient jewelry design classes. There she made a 22K alloy that is close to alluvial gold in composition, which she could use to form the wire for her Etruscan-style, hand woven chains. She also learned silversmithing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. This versatility with gems and precious metals has produced very fine pieces — rings, bracelets and necklaces … “Baubles, Bangles & Beads.”

In-Town Gallery, founded in 1974, will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. It is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the nation and presents the original work of more than 30 regional studio artists. Located at 26A Frazier Ave., between the Market Street and Walnut Street bridges, it is adjacent to Coolidge Park on the North Shore of the Tennessee River.

The gallery is open every day year-round, except major holidays. For more information, call 267-9214, visit www.intowngallery.com or visit www.facebook.com/intowngallery.