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Villager Emma Woodruff models the handcrafted jewelry of Teresa Morbitzer of Columbus, one of seven Ohio jewelers featured in a new jewelry show and fundraiser at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery. The exhibit opens on Friday, Aug. 16 and runs until Sept. 15. (Submitted photo by Scott Stolsenberg)

Get some Bling! at latest YSAC exhibit

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The Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery’s latest exhibition is the eclectic, handcrafted art jewelry of seven Ohio jewelry artists, all available for purchase.

“Bling! The Jewelry Show” runs from August 16 to September 15 at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry St., with an opening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 16 featuring wine, cheese and jewelry-making demonstrations.

“It’s adornment for your body,” said YSAC gallery coordinator Nancy Mellon of the power of jewelry. “It speaks to some delight and in a way it’s mythological and it’s spiritual — you’re connecting with the earth.”

Accompanying the more than 40 pieces from each jeweler are 12 photographs of Yellow Springs women modeling the jewelry by Scott Stolsenberg and, to decorate the gallery space, the black and white pottery of Dianne Collinson. Photographs, pottery and jewelry will all be for sale, with proceeds benefitting the individual artists and YSAC.

The jewelry is all handmade from an incredible variety of materials: precious metals, gemstones, wood, fossils, shells, feathers, antique clock faces, old photos, clay, African cloth, Japanese paper, buttons, bone, horse hair, mobiles, beads, fabric, cords, rhinestones and more. Prices range from $25 to $800–900 per piece, according to Mellon, and each is one of a kind.

Talitha Greene is the sole Yellow Springs jeweler in the show. She creates sleek geometric and nature-inspired pendants, earrings and rings from sterling silver and gold. The other jewelers in the show are from around the region. Matthew Burgy of Waynesville makes “kinetic” earrings that are miniature mobiles. Cassandra Graham (Dayton) weaves beads, bones, crystals, feathers and seeds into her necklaces, bracelets and rings, many of which evoke a tribal feel. Graham spent most of her career as an oil painter specializing in big-game wildlife. Cherry Fullam (Dayton) makes pendants and pins in wood. Debbie Jackson (Columbus) creates colorful polymer clay jewelry using African symbols, cowrie shells, beads and more, giving it an “ethnic energy.” Teresa Morbitzer, (Columbus) uses antiques to make steampunk jewelry under the name Vintage Vamp. And Angela Valley (Dayton) uses natural elements and gemstones to make sophisticated modern designs.

The Yellow Springs models are Emma Lee Woodruff, Louise Simons, Deb Henderson, Bettina Solas, Constantina Clark, Corrine Bayraktaroglu, Claire Reynolds, Kristl Mapes, Marie Hertzler, NebSa Maati Ab and Sierra Oc.

Stolsenberg is a fine art, nature and event photographer who moved to Yellow Springs two years ago from Washington Court House with his wife Bettina Solas, a Celtic musician whom he met while she was performing at Corner Cone.

Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of the News.


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