HVCA exhibit features the work of custom jewelry maker and noted fiber artist

A custom bracelet by jewelry craftswoman Sharon Lee.

Sharon Lee, a Canton-based artist who makes unique custom jewelry, and Mary Bajcz, a noted fiber artist from Milford, team up to offer diverse work in Adornments, an exhibit that runs Nov. 27-Dec. 28, hosted by Huron Valley Council for the Arts.

An opening reception will take place in HVCA’s gallery space; those attending will have a chance to meet the artists while enjoying light refreshments at 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 6.

“My custom designs reflect a marriage of traditional Chinese principles of jewelry crafting with a contemporary western aesthetic,” Lee said. “They encompass a variety of different forms and materials including classic pearls, silver, gemstones, crystals and more.”

She goes to great lengths to make sure she has the right materials available to her.
“I hand-select the pearls myself at the famous pearl markets of Zhuji, China,” she said. “I travel around China (where I was born and raised) for several weeks each year in order to bring my clients the highest quality, most beautiful pearls available, and in order to keep abreast of the latest trends in Chinese jewelry design.”

Lee’s educational background also impresses: “I am an honors graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, California where I was certified in gemology, jewelry design, fabrication, rendering, setting, casting, mold making and the creation of carved bezels,” she said.

Part of a wall quilt by Mary Bajcz.

In addition, she has received first-place awards at a number of well-known art fairs over the past several years.

Bajcz is the owner of Scrap Happy. She makes a wide variety of fiber art and is well-known as a member of HVCA’s The Art Shop.

She’s always enthusiastic when discussing her work, as well as this show in particular: “The show will include pieces that I like and have enjoyed making…. I love the ways fibers can be combined into beautiful and useful things,” she said. “We surround ourselves with fibers: we wear them, walk on them, and keep ourselves warm under them. I love to make beautiful things we can enjoy in the everyday. My show will include large and small quilts and hooked rugs made in the past few years.”

Gallery hours for Adornments are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 28.

For more information, go to www.huronvalleyarts.org or call HVCA at (248) 889-8660.

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