ACJS to be Held in November

The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show will hold its second annual event Nov. 7-8 at the Defoor Centre in Atlanta. Twenty-five of the country’s most notable jewelry artists will present their latest contemporary collections of wearable art.

Hours for the event are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 8.

The ACJS aims to shine the spotlight on these accomplished artists, but also on Atlanta’s role as the major art hub in the Southeast. Art lovers will have an opportunity to meet the artists at a wine reception on Friday, Nov. 7. The reception will take place at the Defoor Centre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“The exhibiting artists at this show add an important dimension to Atlanta’s thriving art scene by presenting unique and exciting wearable works of art in a wide range of prices,” said show director Debra Lynn Gold. “We are honored to have jewelry artists with national and international reputations showing with us. This is contemporary, artist-made jewelry at its best, offering diverse materials and styles to appeal to a wide audience. It also gives art lovers an ideal opportunity to meet these artists and enjoy their newest collections.”

The artists and their work are:

• Helen Blythe-Hart designs colorful gold and gemstone jewelry.
• Jamie Cassavoy makes botanically themed sterling and 18k gold jewelry with precious stone and semi-precious bead accents. 
• Randi Chervitz crochets silver and gold into wearable art.
• Patsy Croft designs cloisonné enamels in 18k and 22k gold.
• Ben Dyer (whose work is pictured above) uses direct metal techniques such as cold forging, handforming, texturing, and gold soldering to construct his jewelry.
• Lena Marie Echelle hand fabricates jewelry in mixed metals and materials.
• Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend work with sterling silver inlayed with polymer, strung on semi-precious strands.
• Ricky Frank designs cloisonné enamel jewelry in silver and gold.
• Debra Lynn Gold uses sterling silver and anodized aluminum to combine the playful movement of parts within formal 3 dimensional structures.
• Leigh Griffin brings Asian-inspired designs in mixed metals with unusual stones.
• Carol and Jean-Pierre Hsu’s anodized aluminum jewelry offer an array of vibrant designs in brilliant color. 
• Regina Imbsweiler’s work consists of silver and gold jewelry with aquamarines, tourmalines and other stones.
• Kim Jones’ art is handmade of sterling silver and a select use of golds, constructed mostly with hand tools. 
• Deb Karash creates patinated copper embellished with colored pencil which is suspended over a sterling silver background. Color, texture, pattern, & structure combine to create distinctive pieces that bring together drawing, sculpture & jewelry into wearable art.
• Sydney Lynch uses sterling silver, 18k and 22k gold for her creations.
• Thomas Mann, a long-time favorite of Atlanta collectors, designs techno-romantic jewelry objects.
• Lee Marracini’s work is contemporary/classic and uses 18k gold, precious stones, diamonds and inlay.
• Danielle Miller-Gilliam crafts contemporary silver jewelry with 18k gold accents and kinetic elements. 
• Harold O’Connor uses classic techniques, such as reticulation, gold overlay and granulation, in a contemporary way. His images are inspired by travel, environment, and social reaction.
• Annette Paskiewicz’s jewelry consists of fused glass set in sterling silver.
• Kate Rothra designs lampwork glass jewelry.

Tickets will be available at the door for $5. The Defoor Centre is located at 1710 Defoor Ave. N.W. in Atlanta. More information can be found at