Fashion may be largely restricted these days to pajamas and face masks, but if you are looking for inspiration to get dressed, or even dressed up, visit the Baltimore Jewelry Center’s annual contemporary jewelry showcase. The current exhibition, Jewelry Edition: Volume 5, presents exquisite, nimble, and clever pieces that are lightweight, comfortable on your skin and body, and even look great with a face mask. The showcase, curated by Laura Wood and Kat Cole, began in 2012 and aims “to provide emerging jewelers more visibility” and it has evolved each year to include art jewelers from across the country.
Contemporary art jewelry blends sculpture, fashion, and science into unique and wearable works of art, and this year’s iteration of Jewelry Edition features works made of silver, resin, vintage tintypes, enamel, powder coat, aluminum, and 3D printed technology. Price points vary from $50 to a few thousand dollars and the exhibit includes rings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, and earrings, a selection of statement pieces as well as everyday wearables. Volume 5 features the work of Amelia Toelke, Aric Verrastro, Jillian Moore, Kat Cole, Laura Wood, Megan McGaffigan, Tanya Crane, and Taylor Zarkades King and will be on view through October 17, 2020.
When we found out that visitors to the exhibit are welcome to try on the jewelry, we couldn’t resist. With the photographic vision of Jill Fannon, the extended family at BmoreArt—Cara Ober, Teri Henderson, Michael Anthony Farley, and Adrian Orozco—had a fantastic afternoon trying on almost every piece and striking a pose. To plan your own visit, contact the Baltimore Jewelry Center—they are open every day. Whether you’re getting dressed up to go to the grocery store or chatting with your colleagues on Zoom, contemporary art jewelry is an art form with the direct ability to enhance your daily experience, regardless of whether you ever wear real pants again.