Friday, October 1, 2010

Mary + Lou Ann featured at Smith Galleries

Smith Galleries is known for fine handcrafted jewelry and Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend are unique examples of the Jewelry featured in the gallery. The gallery is featuring a special show of their work during the month of October.

Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsendare
both trained silversmiths who met while they were students at the University of New Mexico. Their work is truly collaborative and they share equally in all aspects of design and production.

They design and produce jewelry in sterling silver, inlaid with polymers. They fabricate the metal framework of each piece in sterling or use a mixture of cast and fabricated sterling components. All cast components are created from masters that they have fabricated themselves in silver and copper or carved from wax. The color process is a mixture of both liquid and clay polymers. They create colors primarily through oil pigments and integrate both synthetic and organic materials, such as sugar or sand, to create texture. Take a peek.

Smith Galleries is located on beautiful Hilton Head Island. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 - 6. 843.842.2280