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Quebec in NYC

March 27, 2012

Not to be missed and sure to light a spark in many a New Yorker's eye: the Jewelry Artists of Quebec exhibition & trunk show featuring Claudio Pino, Matthieu Cheminée, Janis Kerman, Lynn Légaré and more.

I couldn’t have been more excited this morning to discover these fascinating baubles sitting in my inbox (unfortunately in 2-D only).

The Jewelry Artists of Québec got together for an exhibition and trunk show that opens May 3 at the Aaron Faber Gallery in the big NYC where we’re convinced these edgy and utterly different creations will find many a tempted mate.

The show collection is themed innovation and craftsmanship in metal and brings the talent and beautiful pieces by acclaimed Quebec jewelry artists for a larger audience than the province’s (and this country’s) reach. We were very excited to read that the exhibition is in partnership with government agencies to help with economic development and growth of the Quebec artist community. It’s so uplifting to see government funding allocated to support jewelry artists- especially since this art form seems often unacknowledged or under-represented in the arts.

I’ve been quite taken with the works of Claudio Pino who somehow slipped through the cracks of my fashion circles despite his huge success here and around the world. Pino is an award-winning artist whose pieces are featured in the advertisement for the exhibition (pictured top). Poking around his site, I found more intricate and intriguing creations that I couldn’t resist sharing for their sheer cool factor and beauty (pictured below):

Ring by Claudio Pino

Knuckle duster by Claudio Pino

Pretty damn unbelievable.

I was also intrigued by the work of Barbara Stutman, who mixes crochet work with precious stones, silver chain, magnets and whatnot:

Barbara Stutman creates multi-textured pieces using gems, crocheted plastics, chain, etc.

And artist Janis Kerman whose creations are very modern and cool, centred on the idea of balance rather than symmetry:

Janis Kerman Design earrings

Janis Kerman Design ring

Check out all the artists’ featured in this exciting exhibition in NYC happening until May 26, 2012 by dropping by the exhibition website where you can also pick your favourites and link up to their individual sites.

All images courtesy of featured artists.

P.S. I wonder what our fragrance reviewer Vanessa thinks of these- she’s also a jewelry addict. Now I just outed her.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2012 11:07 am

    Wow – lots to look at here. The Claudio Pino collection is like a medieval/cyborg fantasy!

    Very opulent… kinda make me think some powerful Queen would wear them. (I’m showing my Anglo here, I know.)

    Basically your average stylish Montrealer could rock these. Very interesting use of stones.

    • March 29, 2012 2:20 pm

      Yeah this stuff requires serious commitment. I do like it, though!

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