My dear friend and gallery owner Ginger Meek Allen sent me an email today with info about an exciting new show opening in her North Carolina gallery on Friday. I’m thrilled both for her and for me! It’s great to be a part of the show and wanted to share with you her clever interactive ring idea along with the many other talented artists that will be participating in the show! Here’s Ginger’s news:
We have something very special to show you!
Nancy (that would be a different Nancy) remarked in the studio on Monday afternoon that this may just be our best show yet.
How can that be?
We’ve had some wonderful shows. Last month’s India show was amazing, andÂ someÂ pieces areÂ still available online, by the way. (here) The Lavaliere show we had last fall was a doozy. And our grand opening was a marvel.
But this, this is special.
Full Circle | A Celebration of Rings features upwards of 160 different rings by 14 different jewelers, some of whom are showing at LEDE for the first time. And, we use the word “upwards” quite intentionally, as all of those amazing rings comprise an interactive installation in the gallery that we really hope you will come to see in person so you can enjoy the full experience.
There is such a variety of rings in the show – from simple bands to conceptual pieces. Some are wearable on a daily basis, and some are, well, for special times. They are all part of two large suspended structures, which allow you to interact with each ring.
And, as if all that weren’t enough, we have a special treat for you created by our very own Leigh Salmon. Leigh has created a ring monument using a fist-sized faceted piece of glass, set in a chased brass bezel, atop a nickel silver shank.Â I don’t want to spoil the reveal of the finished piece, but here she isÂ using a baseball bat to shape the stone setting.
Here’s a smattering of what you’ll find suspended in the show:
Turned Ebony by John Beamer
Exotic Wood Inlay by Brett Mundy
Hidden Atmospheres by Tavia Brown
Bezel Settings by Margaret Thiele
Chased Bands by Liz Mosier
Two-Finger Rings by Leigh Salmon
Vintage Crystal by Cindy Forrester
Posies by Nancy Lee
Gargantuan Structures by Maureen Brusa Zappelini
Jane Jetson’s Ring by Ginger Meek Allen
Ringing Anvil by Jeremy Maronpot
And. So. Much. More.
Visit the show page on the LEDE website here to see some of the portfolio images of rings in the show, and to read a little more about it. We’re throwing a party Friday night to celebrate. Join us!
Ginger Meek Allen
FULL CIRCLE | A Celebration of Rings
Opening Reception April 8th, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition April 8 – May 7
LEDE Studio & Gallery
504 South White Street
Downtown Wake Forest NC USA
If you are in the Wake Forest, NC, area, be sure to visit this great exhibition. And thanks for the wonderful post, Ginger!