Sebastian artists showcase unique works
By Jessica Creagan
SEBASTIAN -- Dyed silks, earthen vessels, metalwork, watercolors, upcycled jewelry and more will be the featured works of art during the third annual Sebastian Art Studio Tour.
On Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 10 Sebastian art studios featuring the work of 12 Sebastian-based artists will be open, free of charge, for visitors, a press release said.
Artwork is often birthed in the homes and personal studios of artists, but those spaces aren't often available for art-lovers to explore, but with this special tour, that is exactly the space that will be open, tour organizers said.
The home and art studio of Kristen Knudsen will be decked out with one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from her line, Vintage Pie Jewelry.
"This is my favorite event of the year," Ms. Knudsen said.
Visitors will be able to see where she creates the jewelry pieces, where she finds inspiration and will be able to ask questions about her process during the open house.
Collecting antiques and reworking found objects is in her blood. She began working with antiques as young as 12 with her uncle and fell in love with creating art from unusual things.
"Anything I find, I think, 'what can I make with this,'" Ms. Knudsen said.
Ms. Knudsen describes her jewelry pieces as "fun and funky." By recycling, up-cycling and artfully re-purposing items, all of her pieces are truly one-of-a-kind works of art.
"And all of my jewelry has a name and tells a story," she said.
Marte McMurry another featured artist, also creates jewelry, but with precious metals and gemstones.
One of the things she loves about working with metals is that the process of turning metal into jewelry is almost unchanged from the time of the Egyptians, Ms. McMurry said.
"We got to museums and we think, 'how did they make that,' well, we still make the jewelry pretty much the same way," she said.
"I hand fabricate the jewelry using torches and ovens and I set stones in them," she said.
Often whimsical and with exquisite craftsmanship, each piece reflects life's ever changing tableau through color, texture and design, a press release said.
In addition to jewelry, Ms. McMurry will also have tile mosaic art on display.
The mosaics are often crafted into small "altars," or objects that can be personalized and used to remember loved ones, either indoors or outdoors, Ms. McMurry said.
She will partner with Rita Bernstein, a silk artist who hand-dyes her materials.
"We've been friends for more than 12 years and she often uses my jewelry for her fashion shoots," Ms. McMurry said.
The other nine artists participating in the studio tour include Suza Talbot, Diane Mieras, Toni Hill, Robert Johnson, Geoff Myers, Richard Ramirez, Mary Segal, Quentin Walter and Roy Woodall.
There is no cost to participate in the tour
For digital map copies, more information about the artists or the tour, visit www.sebastianartstudiotour.com.