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Crafted Visions : The Tension of Opposites

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This groundbreaking exhibition places contemporary jewelry at the intersection of humanity and technology, arousing the spirit of (R)evolution. Steve Jobs and the twentysomethings who followed him set out to change the world. They did. Now, in that spirit of innovation, 13 celebrated jewelry makers accept the challenge to upend their world’s established rules.   "Technology makes us more creative … amplifies what the mind and hands can do together. I like the tension of opposites that (Jobs) exposed. Jewelers and artists do the same" Ivy Ross, co-curator, accomplished jewelry maker and respected Silicon Valley executive.   Five of the 13 artists represented...

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Fearless Genius

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Doug Menuez discovered what genius looks like. Steve Jobs – working in the crucible of 1980s Silicon Valley – was the picture of a pioneer reaching beyond what science said was possible. Doug got as close to Jobs as a documentary photographer could get. His images tell an epic story, or as Doug himself says:   "When I arrived in Silicon Valley, the innovators were confident they would succeed at building something important. As I watched, I began to think: Wow, there is a chance they could change everything. The power of ideas took over everything"   The excitement was...

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In the Garden & Beyond the Sky

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Acclaimed folk artist Ivan Barnett offers new sculptures for the garden. Each layered, riveted collage is as distinctive and rich as the culture that rises from the black earth in the heart of rural America.   "I’ve gone from literal to not literal"  "My latest work is far from Pennsylvania German because the abstract shapes are more interesting to me now from a design standpoint"   Ivan layers the thin metal and, once the story emerges in the collage, he rivets the pieces in place. A coat of flat black unifies the elements while exacting touches of bold color add...

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Peaceable Kingdom

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The endless Jemez ridges and the dramatic Pojoaque Valley skies inspire this year’s Claire Kahn. She invites intense loyalty because her clients know that a necklace or bracelet by Claire is more than jewelry. It is an expression of self. The wearer completes it. “Claire has a mind for beautiful design in the way she has a mind for beautiful music.”  Allison Barnett, co-owner of Patina Gallery This year, a new spirit animates each piece, because Claire now works from her dream studio north of Santa Fe, where she moved earlier this year. Here she makes her beaded ropes luxurious through...

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