“Snowflakes and Sparkles,” an exhibition of jewelry art opens on December 7, at ArtConnect Gallery, located at 302 S, Second St. in Laramie.
“The exhibition, which runs through January 3, 2019, is composed of original works of jewelry art by artists like Tom Gaddis, Robin Guffey, Sarajane Helm, Jackie Olaveson, Linda Parks, Camille Rendal, and glass artist Patti O’Doherty. The exhibition also includes University of Wyoming Fashion Club holiday mannequins, 2-D photos and paintings by Laramie artists, and snowflake sculptures,” states the website of University of Wyoming.
“We wanted a special exhibit to create excitement for the holidays,” says Deb Gorski, executive director of the Wyoming Women’s Business Center. “The UW Fashion Club was very excited to take on this project. I believe we will have four or five mannequin trees.”
Gorski says, she originally worked with Erin Irick, an assistant professor in UW’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, to determine whether one of the department’s merchandising classes could take on this project. Since the department did not have a merchandising class scheduled for the fall, Irick suggested Gorski contact the UW Fashion Club for assistance.
ArtConnect is a new project of the Wyoming Women’s Business Center. The gallery is an extension of Work of Wyoming, a Wyoming artisan gift shop, at 2nd and Grand Avenue. The grand opening will feature the works of Susan Davis, Luke Anderson, Lee Lane, Debra Mickelson, Wayne Pinch, Camille Rendal, and Gail Shive, as per the Downtown Laramie website.
The exhibition encourages the upcoming and budding jewelry artists associated with the process of jewelry designing at different levels, like Tom Gaddis is a jade carver and deals with the same, whereas Jackie Olaveson knows how to recycle a variety of materials to make jewelry. She uses 22 bullet cases and bullet ends in her jewelry line.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition