Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Aren't you adornable?

Necklaces, bracelets and ear rings by Steph Brouwers 
remain on display and for sale through the end of April.

Her monster necklace is loaded with amulets, talismans and positive juju.

Bobbi and Kelley came up with the frame and fabric concept
for the purpose of display and Steph ran with it. 

Over in the display case are freshly minted 
rings and things by Kelley Naylor Wise.

 A gorgeous druzy and silver necklace 
with matching ear rings by Kelley.

Monday, April 8, 2013

International Trade 2

Some of the Artist Trading Cards made by folks who came by last Friday's opening for Steph Brouwers, made by Wade, Darion, Bobbi, Jess, Jay, Kelley, Micah & Jessica.   These and others will be travelling back to Belgium as trade for her students' ATCs. Thanks to all the participants. Enjoy your art.

We had so much fun with this project that we decided to do it again soon.  We might trade with Steph's students again or we might just trade among ourselves, but stay tuned and we'll let you know when the next ATC workshop will take place.

Steph flies out of Little Rock tomorrow morning, but her jewelry will stay at the gallery through May 4th.  Prices range from $20 to $250.

Friday, April 5, 2013

360 on 16

Steph and Kelley visited this morning with Deedra Wilson on Fox16's Good Day Arkansas to tout the new jewelry.  The open reception is tonight from 6 until 10.  Rural War Room will be spinning some European sounds in Steph's honor.  Come by to see (and maybe buy) what Steph (and Kelley) have been working on lately.  Très décoratif!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

International Trade

Steph Brouwers has arrived stateside and we have been in awe of all the wonderful wearable art she has made for the upcoming show.  Each necklace is like a museum dedicated to world travel.  Beads of ceramic, wood, glass and stone from Africa, Europe, China, and India all mixed in with bone and shell and fabric and feathers…  And that's just for starters.

Steph doesn't just make art, though.  She teaches art.  Her students are teenagers; 13, 14, 15 years old.  They're represented in this show as well, with ATCs.  What are ATCs?  Artist Trading Cards.  They have several things in common with each other. 1.)  All are 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.  2.) All are unique works of art.  And, 3.)  They not sold, but traded.  Here are nine of them.

Now, if you would like to obtain one of these beauties, all you need to do is make one of your own.  Your creation will travel back to Belgium with Steph and be presented to the student who made the card you adopted.  It's that simple.  

You can make your ATC at home and bring it to the opening Friday night.  Or, you can come prepared to create your ATC at the gallery.  We will have card blanks on hand, as well as markers, crayons, collage materials, scissors, glue and assorted sundries.  You can even bring in your own raw materials, but all you really need to provide is your imagination. Consider it an experiment in international trading relations.