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Today’s Events

  • Apr 5
    Robert Lyons, Matthew Picton Apr 05 to Jun 02 @Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Apr 26
    Brad McLemore & Reed Clarke & Ralph Davis Apr 26 to May 29 @Guardino Gallery
  • Apr 29
    Phenomena Apr 29 to May 26 @Butters Gallery
  • May 1
    (IR)REGULAR May 01 to Jun 02 @Froelick Gallery
  • May 2
    Waiting Room May 02 to Jun 02 @PDX Contemporary Art
  • May 3
    Steve Tilden and Stephan Soihl May 03 to May 27 @Blackfish Gallery
  • May 3
    Geography of Hope May 03 to May 28 @Gallery 903
  • May 3
    Alyson Provax "you i everything else" May 03 to Jul 01 @Wolff Gallery
  • May 3
    Al Stone May 03 to May 27 @Gallery 114
  • May 3
    Juxtapositions May 03 to Jun 02 @Russo Lee 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.