SOURCE: Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show

August 06, 2008 08:00 ET

Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show Announces 2008 Dates

Event Draws Artists From Around the Country to Atlanta's Growing Art Scene

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show (ACJS) has announced that it will hold its second annual event Friday, November 7, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Defoor Centre in Atlanta. Twenty-five of the country's most notable jewelry artists will present their latest contemporary collections of wearable art.

The ACJS aims to shine the spotlight on these accomplished artists, but also on Atlanta's role as the major art hub in the Southeast. Art lovers will have an opportunity to meet the artists at a wine reception on Friday, November 7. The reception will take place at the Defoor Centre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"The exhibiting artists at this show add an important dimension to Atlanta's thriving art scene by presenting unique and exciting wearable works of art in a wide range of prices," said show director Debra Lynn Gold. "We are honored to have jewelry artists with national and international reputations showing with us. This is contemporary, artist-made jewelry at its best, offering diverse materials and styles to appeal to a wide audience. It also gives art lovers an ideal opportunity to meet these artists and enjoy their newest collections."

The artists and their work include:

--  Helen Blythe-Hart designs colorful gold and gemstone jewelry.
--  Jamie Cassavoy makes botanically themed sterling and 18k gold jewelry
    with precious stone and semi-precious bead accents.
--  Randi Chervitz crochets silver and gold into wearable art.
--  Patsy Croft designs cloisonné enamels in 18k and 22k gold.
--  Ben Dyer uses direct metal techniques such as cold forging,
    handforming, texturing, and gold soldering to construct his jewelry.
--  Lena Marie Echelle hand fabricates jewelry in mixed metals and
--  Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend work with sterling silver inlayed
    with polymer, strung on semi-precious strands.
--  Ricky Frank designs cloisonné enamel jewelry in silver and gold.
--  Debra Lynn Gold uses sterling silver and anodized aluminum to combine
    the playful movement of parts within formal 3 dimensional structures.
--  Leigh Griffin brings Asian-inspired designs in mixed metals with
    unusual stones.
--  Carol and Jean-Pierre Hsu's anodized aluminum jewelry offer an array
    of vibrant designs in brilliant color.
--  Regina Imbsweiler's work consists of silver and gold jewelry with
    aquamarines, tourmalines and other stones.
--  Kim Jones' art is handmade of sterling silver and a select use of
    golds, constructed mostly with hand tools.
--  Deb Karash creates patinated copper embellished with colored pencil
    which is suspended over a sterling silver background. Color, texture,
    pattern, & structure combine to create distinctive pieces that bring
    together drawing, sculpture & jewelry into wearable art.
--  Sydney Lynch uses sterling silver, 18k and 22k gold for her creations.
--  Thomas Mann, a long-time favorite of Atlanta collectors, designs
    techno-romantic jewelry objects.
--  Lee Marracini's work is contemporary/classic and uses 18k gold,
    precious stones, diamonds and inlay.
--  Danielle Miller-Gilliam crafts contemporary silver jewelry with 18k
    gold accents and kinetic elements.
--  Harold O'Connor uses classic techniques, such as reticulation, gold
    overlay and granulation, in a contemporary way. His images are inspired by
    travel, environment and social reaction.
--  Annette Paskiewicz's jewelry consists of fused glass set in sterling
--  Kate Rothra designs lampwork glass jewelry.

Tickets will be available at the door for $5. The Defoor Centre is located at 1710 Defoor Ave. N.W. in Atlanta. More information can be found at

About The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show

The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show ( is an exhibition of some of the country's most highly regarded jewelry artists. The event offers the public an opportunity to meet these artists, as well as view and purchase pieces entirely handcrafted by the artists in a range of materials, styles and prices.

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