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Arts on Douglas, Fine Art and Collectibles, has extended the stay of the exhibition "More Than Just Bling!"
Last month, Arts on Douglas introduced six extraordinary jewelers for the month of June. Stefan Alexandres, Robert Farrell, Gabrielle Gould, Bridgette Rallo, Mary Schimpff Webb, and Barbara Umbel were personally invited due to their unique styles and distinction in the arts community.
Mr. Alexandres designs poetic yet contemporary jewelry, with solid craftsmanship and design. He is known for his alternative metal fabrication methods, and has broken new ground in creating his titanium jewelry.
Mr. Farrell believes that jewelry should quietly enhance a woman's natural beauty rather than become a distraction from it. With that in mind, his current body of work consists of simple forms with subtle surfaces.
Ms. Gould uses feathers the same way many jewelers use gemstones. Her work is an interpretation of the natural feel of coastal Florida and is inspired partly by the ornamentation of indigenous people.
Ms. Rallo considers jewelry "wearable art" and approaches each of her pieces that way.
Ms. Schimpff Webb has been represented by Arts on Douglas since its onset in 1996. Her distinctive use of materials and techniques developed over her extensive career sets her apart from other jewelry makers.
Ms. Umbel loves walking the sands of Melbourne Beach, collecting colorful seashells. Her fascination of their color variations and precise geometry has led her to her current works, which are not only inspired by, but also in part, come from the Atlantic Ocean.
An encore reception for "More than Just Bling!" will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held in combination with the opening of Peter Abrami: New Paintings in the Atlantic Center for the Arts alt-space Gallery (located within the Arts on Douglas building).
"More than Just Bling!" will be on display until July 27.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.
For more information, call (386) 428-1133 or visit www.artsondouglas.net.