Gem and Jewelry Art at the Carnegie Museum

The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh is hosting its fifth annual Gem and Mineral Show Nov. 21-24. The show will again feature the works of the Gem Artists of North America (GANA), with a special spotlight on the North American Gem Carvers (NAGC), which this year is focusing on making jewelry with gem art. Priscilla Palmer, NAGC spokesperson, says that when gem artists and jewelry designers get together, a new genre of artistic expression emerges. Gem artists Thomas McPhee, Nicolai Medvedev, Susan Allen, Michael Christie, Gil Roberts, and Gary Knack are among the group of innovative gem carvers and faceters whose works will be exhibited. All of them, says Palmer, challenge the status quo. Worldwide recognition of GANA and NAGC members has been slow in coming. It was in the early 1980s that a small group of like-minded artisans came together to promote their craft and create jewelry on an

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