This Must Be the Place | Opening Reception + Baltimore Jewelry Center Holiday Sale
Friday, December 1 :: 5-8p | Both events ongoing
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center
The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host This Must Be the Place, an exhibition which investigates how artists utilize and interpret place in their work. This Must Be the Place will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District (10 E. North Ave.) from Friday, December 1st until Wednesday, February 7th with an opening reception on December 1st from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Every fall the Baltimore Jewelry Center hosts a symposium, featuring free workshops, demonstrations, and a speaker series, all related to a designated theme. This year’s focus was on the way we experience and interpret place. The same theme is also reflected in the community challenge exhibition, a charge proposed to the BJC community to create new work that speaks to the same theme. For This Must Be the Place artists were tasked with creating jewelry and wearables that implicitly or explicitly elicit a sense of place. The resulting exhibition asks us to explore the myriad of ways in which we experience our world, through the direct artifacts of locations and specific spaces, as well as the senses and imagination which can conjure a specific memory or experience.
The artists participating in This Must Be the Place include: Allison Gulick, Anna Melyakova, Banafsheh Hemmati, Carol Allen, Casey Claveria, Connie Alba Ambridge, Elizabeth English, J Taran Diamond, Jeanne Marie Martineau, Kate Connell, Mary Fissell, Maura Minter, Megan Obenaus, Melissa Lovingood, Mercury Swift, Meredith W. Gross, Mystery McIlvaine, Navah Langmeyer, Pallavi Verma, Sarah Parker, Seville Marina Meyn Partida, Sophie Maguire, and Vershali Jain.
In addition to This Must Be the Place the BJC will host its annual holiday sale, kicking off Friday, December 1st and running through Sunday, December 3rd, with select pieces available online through December 15th. The BJC hosts a limited number of sales each year that provide opportunities for jewelry artists working in the studio to sell their work and patrons a chance to buy handmade jewelry while directly engaging with makers. Artists in the sale consist of instructors who teach at the BJC, working artists who utilize the BJC’s studio, students of the BJC’s educational programs, and other local jewelry artists. This is a juried sale and each artist will present a unique line of work. Included jewelry pieces are made of sterling silver, steel, brass, copper, gemstones, and alternative materials. The sale will take place at the BJC studio from 5-8pm on Friday, December 1st and from 12-6pm on both Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd. Entry to the sale is free and open to the public.
Artists participating in this year’s holiday sale include: Allison Gulick, Brian Anthony High, Jr., Caitlin Duckwall, Cory Glasgow Jewelry, Elliot Keeley, Ellyse Bendillo, J Taran Diamond, James Betts, Jeni Fairman, Kate Dannenberg, Katja Toporski, Marcy Feeney, Margo Csipo, Maria Louise High, Marian Breitenbach, Pat Baker, Reb Green, and Sarah Wolfenden.
“The Baltimore Jewelry Center is one of a handful of art jewelry galleries in the Mid-Atlantic and it’s important to us that we share contemporary and traditional metal arts with the larger Baltimore community. Currently, we do this largely through our exhibitions and sales programs. Especially during the holiday season, we like being able to support our community of local artists, and who doesn’t like giving or receiving a unique, hand-made gift?! Visiting the BJC this weekend is a great way to experience what we do since you’ll be able to catch the new exhibition and our annual holiday sale,” said Shane Prada, Director.
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