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Today’s Events

  • Jan 2
    Field of View 2018 Artist Residency Exhibition Jan 02 to Feb 24 @Wolff Gallery
  • Jan 3
    Rebecca Reeve - Sun Breathing Jan 03 to Mar 02 @Upfor Gallery
  • Jan 22
    Terrell James, Ritsuko Ozeki Jan 22 to Mar 02 @Froelick Gallery
  • Jan 31
    Paula Blackwell, Hanna Traynham, Celeste LeBlanc Jan 31 to Feb 26 @Guardino Gallery
  • Feb 1
    Mike Smith Paintings Feb 01 to Feb 24 @Attic Gallery
  • Feb 1
    The Pink Show Feb 01 to Feb 22 @Splendorporium
  • Feb 5
    Meet the Makers Feb 05 to Mar 03 @Waterstone Gallery
  • Feb 6
    Meet the Makers Feb 06 to Mar 03 @Waterstone Gallery
  • Feb 7
    Harry Callahan: Eleanor Feb 07 to Mar 16 @Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
  • Feb 7
    John David Forsgren, Julia Mangold Feb 07 to Mar 30 @Elizabeth Leach Gallery

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Barbara A Buttler, Jewelry Artist

Unique, hand-crafted jewelry made of sterling silver, copper, 14k-24k gold.
Jewelry making has been an on-going passion of mine for over thirty years. My formal training was in graphic design, which greatly influenced my approach to jewelry design–I was introduced to typography, calligraphy, and font families, and I came away with an appreciation of the letter form, type, words and patterns, and of course, color. My work explores surface textures and I often use typographic elements to create patterns and designs. I’m very aware of my physical surroundings and I look for graphic components in found objects, from nature––tree bark and sea shells––photographs, architectural drawings, even scraps of paper found on the street. I often integrate colored stones and minerals in my designs, and I enjoy using contrasting-colored metals (sterling and fine silver, 14k-24k gold and copper); adding a patina in the final stages of design really makes the gold pop. I have done many commissions and enjoy doing one-of-a-kind, personalized pieces, like birthstones on a mother’s bracelet, or personalized words of affection roll-printed on the surface of a ring. The most satisfying aspect of jewelry making (and what keeps my passion for the art alive and growing) is knowing that I can create a piece of wearable art that is seen, touched, and appreciated by both the wearer and the observer and, hopefully, will be passed along to family members or friends, keeping the piece alive for generations to come.