WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Typically, the fine art at the Norton Museum of Art is off limits to touch and it’s never for sale, but the Bijoux! jewelry sale is a different event.
March 2-5, 2017, about 40 artists from a dozen countries will present their jewelry works for sale at the Norton Museum of Art in downtown West Palm Beach.
The artists have constructed jewelry from a wide variety of materials including gold, porcelain, terracotta and steel. They come from Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the U.S. and more.
"Cultural influences span the gamut from public funding for the arts and artists versus none at all, to ingrained exposures and biases to certain aesthetics, or even to the idea of jewelry as an art medium versus a status ornament," explained Massachusetts-based artist Alyssa Dee Krauss in a news release from the museum.
The voice of each artist and their personal history is spoken through their pieces.
Artist Sara Shakak said her pieces stem from personal experience while living in Israel.
"Living in Israel surrounded by its history, unique beauty, complex politics, wars, and tough daily events has slowly changed my art jewelry design. Along with designs demonstrating flow, refinement and light, I create rough, large, and heavy pieces. I react to complicated situations - personally and nationally - with my art. This is my language. For example, one of my projects exhibited in the Biennale in the Eretz Yisrael Museum was an interpretation of Israeli soldiers' dog tags."
Meanwhile, Italian artist Gian Luca Bartellone uses paper and papier-mâché. She uses precious materials like pearls and gems to adorn the paper materials, calling paper a “chameleon.”
Bijoux! runs March 2-5, 2017 at the Norton Museum of Art. Tours by Independent Curator Davira S. Taragin are scheduled for 3 p.m. each day. A special artist presentation is being held Thursday, March 2 at 6 p.m.
While the museum is being renovated, admission is free and open to the public. For details, contact (561) 832-5196 or www.norton.org.