Last night we attended the holiday party at Shibumi Gallery, which is April Higashi‘s place. As I’ve mentioned, this is my second experience here. On both occasions, I’ve noticed that events here are very well attended and they should be. The jewelry offerings from several different designers, including April herself, are artistic, bold, and stylish. April, with her jewelry and in what she gravitates toward in other artists, seems to appreciate bold, unique design that doesn’t get in the way of its wearability.
April was there last night and gracious as always. Thank you, April, for another lovely visit to your beautiful gallery.
As part of the holiday party, the featured artist was Karen Gilbert. Her work is meticulously assembled with metal components and glass. Often, the metal in her pieces involves incredibly tiny fabrication. The glass, sometimes vessels and sometimes other shapes, seems to take the place of where stones would typically go. But, the glass works better for the overall aesthetic. I see a botanical influence, I see the artifacts of science, and I see modern sculpture.
The images of Karen Gilbert’s work were found on her website and one from the highly informative, The Jewelry Loupe, website.
At the show, I was able to observe Karen Gilbert’s pieces on people who were trying them on. These clever sculptures turn into very flattering jewelry with movement, that catch the light, and remain bold yet understated. It was nice to see a range of scale in her line. There was everything from incredibly dainty to larger eye-catchers.