‘Pooled Elements — a Jewelry Collective’ is August feature
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In-Town Gallery
Jewelry to be featured during August at the In-Town Gallery includes necklace by Marian Kern.
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Five jewelry artisans present their versatile creations in a unique collection during August at In-Town Gallery. Mary Clor, Laura Brock, Barbara Murnan, Marian Kern, and Eleanor Goodson express their individual styles and techniques in this special showing.

All are members of this artists’ co-op — from Goodson since 1989 to the newest addition, Brock, in May 2012. The jewelers and their new work will be introduced at the opening reception to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday (Aug. 2) at the gallery.

Working in her solar-powered mountaintop studio, Clor prefers to utilize sterling silver and fine silver over other metals. Her latest collection is inspired by classes she attended in Hopi and Zuni jewelry techniques. Countless hours spent engraving silver feathers using traditional southwestern methods have allowed Clor to recreate authentic feathers of the owl and other species.

“My former hobby of hang-gliding allowed me to actually fly like a bird. Now, my art symbolically reflects a oneness with the sky,” Clor commented. A Chattanooga resident for 20 years, she is a strong supporter of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. Her recreational hobbies are kayaking and hiking.

Brock started dabbling in jewelry-making in March 2007. After 30 years in the computer field, in January 2012, she gave up the keyboard for a blowtorch and never looked back. She is mostly inspired by bringing things together; hinges and rivets are how she does that in her work. The subjects and style she chooses are geometric or repeating elements because they have clean lines and fit well.

“I want people to look at my jewelry and say it is clean, elegant, pleasing to the eye, well thought through and well finished,” Brock explained. “I want it said that I do precision work.”

Murnan began her trek down the creative path of jewelry-making seven years ago, first with beading, then wire-wrapping, and finally into manipulation of metals. The warmth of copper sheeting combined with the coolness of sterling silver is the palette for Murnan’s creations.

“It’s feisty jewelry — not for the faint-of-heart!” she’s been known to say with a smile. “Jewelry should be an extension of your inner being. It is the final stroke of creativity on the palette, which is — you.”

A member of the Georgia Goldsmith Group, the American Craft Council and the Association for Visual Art, Murnan also exhibits her strikingly unusual pieces in Knoxville and Park City, Utah.

“Growing up with a mother who loved creating beautiful things helped launch me into the wonderful world of beads,” says Kern. She has been making original beaded jewelry out of semiprecious gems, hand-crafted lampwork beads, pearls, silver, gold, and seed beads since 2000. “There is something intensely sensual about working with beads — the many colors, diverse textures, and vast variety of combinations,” she explains.

Before moving to Chattanooga in 2008, Arizona was the center point of Kern’s jewelry work. Now her bead creations are available in Chattanooga galleries.

Goodson has been a professional jeweler for 25 years. She began by reading everything the Chattanooga library had on silversmithing, and took classes from the Florida Society of Goldsmiths in ancient jewelry design. Her favorite aspects of the craft are ancient chains and granulation. Exquisite gold rings with Old World influence are her specialty. Goodson, however, is noted more for her pearl, jade, and semiprecious stone bead necklaces and bracelets which often are embellished with cast pieces.

A Chattanooga native, Goodson is a “rock hound” who began working with semiprecious stones when given lapidary equipment in fourth grade. Learning to distinguish the qualities of various gems led to her future jewelry design. There is something about going from a lump of metal to a finished chain or ring that’s exciting,” she claims.

In-Town Gallery, founded in 1974, is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the nation. It is located at 26A Frazier Ave. in Chattanooga, between the Market Street and Walnut Street bridges.

For more information, call 423-267-9214, or visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook.com

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