J GO ready to ‘Sparkle’
The J GO Gallery is ready to shine with "Sparkle."
The annual exhibit will open during the Park City Gallery Association’s monthly gallery stroll on Friday, Dec. 26, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Jude Grenney, co-owner of J GO Gallery, said she looks forward to "Sparkle" because it’s a great show to present.
"This one of the most fun we have all year," Grenney said during an interview with The Park Record. "We add several jewelry cases to the gallery at this time and it’s nice to see some of the pieces that are sent to us."
While J GO Gallery represents about a dozen artisan jewelers and regularly carries their works, it sends out requests to other jewelers to participate in "Sparkle."
"We invite the artists whom we work with regularly to send us a few pieces for the event, and we invite other artists we don’t normally represent to send us some of their pieces because we like their works and are considering whether or not to represent them," Grenney explained. "What sets their items apart from what we see in jewelry or department stores is that we select artists who are making art to where their works don’t always fall into the category of precious metals and gemstones. Most of the artists work with traditional materials as well as alternative materials."
Some of the artists create jewelry out of items such as fur and shaving brushes and everything from antique jade to porcelain and knitted copper and another works with stainless steel mesh and pearls.
"One of the artists makes jewelry out of coated steel cable that have been pinched with pieces of hardware, to make this industrial look," Grenney said. "She also has works made out of sterling silver."
The artists who participate in "Sparkle" live around the world.
"We have one in Park City, Patricia Kimberly, who recently learned fly fishing," Grenney said. "So some of her works are enamel pieces that are based on fish scales, rainbow fish patterns and casting lures.
"There is also one, an Italian woman, named Mariella Pilato, who lives in Bali," Grenney said. "She did all of her design training in Italy and moved to Bali. Her works have a Mediterranean aesthetic that influences her design."
The artistic jewelry fits well within the J GO style.
"There are so many talented artists who are making art on this type of smaller scale who also make larger, free-standing sculpture," Grenney said. "So they miniature-ize the same style and, in some cases, the same sculpture to make this beautiful and unique jewelry."
The show will feature 10 to 12 works from 18 jewelers.
"This is the fourth year we’ve hosted this show and it has grown over the past few years," Grenney said. "Since we have established a good relationship with these jewelers and have a history of treating our artists well, we are able to get more and more artists to participate.
"The crowds have grown as well and the event has really taken on a life of its own," she said. "We put some new chandelier-like pieces out to change the atmosphere from what most people see here all the time into a more festive-looking display."
In addition, the event will feature handmade truffles by the Chocolate Conspiracy and other refreshments and drinks.
"We invite people to come in and just play with things, even those pieces that are out of their comfort zones or styles that they may not even consider wearing," Grenney said.
The exhibit name, "Sparkle," doesn’t necessarily refer to the jewelry, but to the time of the year.
"Because we hold this exhibit at this time of the season around the new year and outside can become sparkly with snow, we decided to name the show ‘Sparkle,’" Grenney said.
"Sparkle" will run through Jan. 18, the same day J GO’s other exhibit, "Winter Sol," ends.
"The whole gallery is refreshed with the works in ‘Winter Sol’ and then expanded with ‘Sparkle,’" Grenney said. "It’s like a fresh new start for the New Year. We encourage everyone to come out and bring their friends."
J GO Gallery, 408 Main St., will open "Sparkle," an exhibit featuring artisan jewelry on Friday, Dec. 26, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The exhibit, which will run through Jan. 18, will include hundreds of works by artists from around the world. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.jgogallery.com .
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