The Brookline Arts Center is pleased to present IMPACT, a national juried exhibition of Jewelry and Metals work. In conjunction with the 2015 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference, student Jewelry and Metals artists from across the country were invited to submit work that demonstrates the relationship between heritage and innovation.
IMPACT was juried by jewelers Lauren Blais and Ashley Vick and Instructor and Studio Manager for the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Peter Evonuk. Selected artists include Marie DeWerff, Ssu-ya Hsiung, Joshua Kosker, Maia Leppo, Jacqueline Lung, Dan Neville, Mengnan Qu, Caitlin Skelcey, Yucen Tang and Aric Verrasto.
Lauren Blais is a Boston based designer and maker recently named “Best of Boston” by the Improper Bostonian. Her hand-crafted collections inspired by Victorian Era ornamentation include dark, deft and delicate constructions of sterling silver etched with antique wallpaper patterns and accented with the highest quality natural gemstones, raw minerals, fur, exotic leathers and 18kt gold. Blais’ jewelry is predominately crafted using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as lost wax casting, piercing, forming, fabricating and enameling. She earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in small metals. Her studio is located in Somerville, MA.
Peter Evonuk is the Studio Manager and an Adjunct Instructor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He graduated with a BFA in Sculpture and Metalsmithing from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Evonuk has also been a guest researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands, an artist in residence at the EcoTarium Science Museum in Worcester and a visiting professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Ashley Vick started Filomena Demarco Jewelry after graduating with a BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. When she began making jewelry, Vick found her interest was in creating wearable sculpture and that her inspiration was drawn mainly from colors and forms found in nature. As she continues to develop and deepen her technical aptitude and style, utilizing the techniques of electro-forming, lost wax casting and various methods of fabrication, her initial inspiration remains, and she continues to draw from and incorporate elements found in nature in new and exciting ways. Vick’s jewelry has been included for publication in Lark Books, “500 Series”, darling publications and can be purchased in galleries nationwide.