The House Rules! show 2017 – May 1-June30
Opening Reception May 5, 5:30-9:30pm
5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
Friday, May 5, is the reception for, The House Rules! our group art jewelry show, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Traditionally, this event has been a fundraiser for our scholarship however this year we’ve decided to raise funds for the American Civil Liberties Union. The theme for our special fundraising exhibition is, MAY DAY!
50-100% of sales from these special exhibition pieces will be donated to the ACLU. Friday night, May 5, a minimum of 25% of ALL SALES IN THE GALLERY will be donated to the ACLU. On Friday night we will also raffle a class of your choosing with 100% of raffle ticket sales going directly to the ACLU.
Raffle tickets are on sale now for $10 each or 3 for $25. These can be purchased in our studio. Cash or check only, please make checks out to ACLU.
Please join us to share in our warm-hearted community and raise funds to protect our hard earned American rights, no matter what your politics.
Refreshments served with meze provided by Cafe Paloma.
Raffle drawn 8:30 (although you do not have to be present to win!)
Our 5th annual house show is coming up! The HOUSE RULES!
The house show will feature work from most of the staff here at Danaca Design. ALSO! It’s a great opportunity to support our Art Stimulus Fund. All of us who work here have access to this wonderful studio space, and we use the Art Stimulus Fund to pass that opportunity along to a young person (ages 16-24) who’s interested in learning to work with metal. You can read more about our Art Stimulus/Scholarship Fund here.
Each member of the Danaca Design crew has made either a 6″ length of chain or a bead, and these components have been assembled into two necklaces. The necklaces will be raffled off on Friday May 2nd at 8:30pm. Raffle tickets are $5 and are available through the staff/artists, and in the gallery, all the way up until the drawing takes place. You don’t need to be present to win!
The HOUSE RULES! show will be up from May 1st- 31st, with an Open House on May 2nd, 6-9pm. Raffle drawing during the Open House on May 2nd at 8:30pm.
During the Open House we will also have a silent auction benefiting the Art Stimulus/Scholarship Fund. Items to be auctioned include tickets to On the Boards, jewelry, tools, and other art.
Here’s a little more about the artists featured in the house show…
The Danaca Design Studio “Crew”
The crew at Danaca Design is a widely varied group of artists who help out with administration and maintenance as studio monitors and gallery attendants. Below are the 2014 House Show contributors, with some insights into the wonderful folks who make Danaca Design Studio a great place to be.
Dana Cassara is an artist and maker, who discovered jewelry in the early 90’s. The medium of metal, combined with just about anything else provides her with a surplus of creative and technical opportunities. Making jewelry, unlike many other artistic pursuits, demands a level of attention which requires absolute concentration and patience, generating an internal calm difficult to attain any other way. In addition to owning and teaching at Danaca Design Studio, Dana creates a wide variety of custom jewelry pieces.
Allan Thorne got his start making jewelry when a friend showed him how to solder. Years later, he began taking jewelry making classes at the Los Angeles County Museum. Shortly thereafter, he created a jewelry studio in his living room, providing a creative outlet to cope with the stress of life in Los Angeles. In 1992, he took up residence in Seattle and went on to work out of the Danaca Design Studio where he presently teaches enameling and makes jewelry. Allan, among the founding members of Danaca Design Studio, is a weekly monitor who shows regularly in the Studio gallery. He is a true friend to the Studio and the best bartender during our open houses!
Amy Brounstein took her first wax carving class in 2002, which led her to enroll at the American Jeweler’s Institute. After spending three years snowboarding in Mt. Hood, Oregon, she decided to move to Carlsbad, CA to attend the Gemological Institute of America where she learned about gemology, jewelry design and fabrication. After graduation, she designed costume jewelry for a company in San Diego. Now in Seattle, she is a member at the studio, where you will also find her tending the gallery once a week.
Brenda Cregeen began working with beads in 2005. She then discovered the joys of working with metal in 2008 while taking classes at Danaca Design. She enjoys making jewelry and studying new techniques. Brenda’s designs are influenced by traditional shapes, brilliant surfaces, and beautiful gemstones. Brenda is currently our primary studio maintenance gal keeping the space tidy and the pickle strong!
Carly Kellogg discovered her love for metalsmithing in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she completed her B.F.A. in 2009. Since then, she’s been traveling and teaching in Peru, living and loving in Argentina, and, most recently, making her way back to Seattle to attend graduate school. She graduated in 2013 with a M.S. in Nutrition from Bastyr University.
Being artful and making things with her hands will always be two of Carly’s favorite things. She uses art as meditation, a way to practice being present. Carly’s helps out as a gallery attendant when we are lucky enough to have her in town.
Charise Randell began her artistic career designing women’s apparel professionally in Seattle. Her love for creating fashion extended naturally to jewelry, and her work reflects an appreciation for romantic European elements and delicate feminine detail. Using combinations of semi-precious stones, enamel, and silver, Charise crafts each piece to create individual and unique wearable art. Charise is a long-time friend who I first met as a student many years ago. Charise is a weekly studio monitor and her work is available in the Danaca Design Studio Gallery.
Erika Laureano was born into art and encouraged by her mother, a painter, who took her to galleries and openings. She studied Fashion Design at Virginia Commonwealth University and worked in the fashion industry for 15 years. Now living near Seattle, she finds that the bold colors of high fashion and the subtle textures in nature inform her current jewelry line. Erika’s unique and ever-evolving work is regularly available in the Danaca Design Studio Gallery, among many other classy venues, including the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle. Erika is a currently a weekly gallery attendant in the studio who merchandises like no other.
Jennifer Forland was born in Astoria, Oregon and grew up in Poulsbo, Washington. She has been making art for pretty much as long as she can remember – drawing, printmaking, pottery and photography at North Kitsap High School, followed by a minor in photography at WWU in Bellingham. She got her start with metal crafting at North Seattle Community College, when she took a class from Dana Cassara, and began incorporating metal work into her repertoire. She exhibits at craft shows around the region and has been a regular exhibitor in the Danaca Design Studio gallery for years. Jennifer is a current member in the studio and tends the gallery weekly.
Juan Reyes began studying silversmithing in 1995 at North Seattle Community College and since then has developed extensive expertise in a wide range of techniques including lapidary and goldsmithing. He is generous with his knowledge, patient beyond measure and well-loved for his helpful, non-judging nature. Originally from Mexico, Juan brings warmth and creativity to the studio. Juan is also a practicing massage therapist so if that crick in your neck is making it hard to saw, he can fix it! Juan teaches regularly the studio and currently exhibits in the gallery.
Kristen Hummel has been making jewelry since she was 15, when she discovered high school jewelry making class had more to do with metal and fire than beads and string. Now she makes jewelry and small-scale hollow forms. Working mostly in silver, copper, and brass, she particularly likes making homes for found objects and discarded parts of failed experiments. Kristen is currently doing administrative work for the studio, as well as helping to manage the tools and supplies, tend the gallery and prep for classes. Kristen is our girl Friday.
Nancy Hom’s creativity was nurtured early on by her mother, from whom she learned the intricacies of sewing, knitting and crocheting. These skills, coupled with her mother’s example as a sewing machine operator and freelance jewelry maker, encouraged Nancy to pursue her own dreams of becoming a designer. Nancy has enjoyed success as an apparel designer for the past 30 years, and began her own jewelry line under the name Sunlan Designs in 2007. Nancy’s pride in her Chinese heritage, and desire to honor her beloved mother, are the inspiration for each piece in the Sunlan collection. Nancy is a weekly studio monitor/mother, the Jewelry Arts Scholarship coordinator, and all around good egg who helps whenever and however she can. Nancy is also the primary House Show coordinator. Thank you Nancy!
Nanz Aalund received her BFA in Jewelry Arts from Northern Illinois University, and her MFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Washington. She has taught jewelry making and design for many years, and has won a number of jewelry design awards, including an AGTA Spectrum Award, two Platinum Guild International Awards, and two DeBeers Diamond’s Today Awards. Throughout her career, Nanz has traveled to Berlin, Paris, London, Florence, San Francisco, and New York to study jewelry design and manufacturing. Nanz teaches regularly at Danaca Design Studio and we are fortunate to have her as a current member in the studio, where she is always willing to offer helpful tips and insights.
Sophie Lipitz is a junior at the Northwest School and has been making jewelry for four years. Her jewelry is primarily inspired by the delicate balance between the natural world and the mechanism of metalworking. She has spent the last five summers attending and then working at Buck’s Rock camp as an instructor in the metals shop. As Danaca Design’s most recent Youth Stimulus Scholarship student she began a mentored independent study with Juan Reyes this past Fall. Sophie’s favorite mediums and techniques include resin, enamel, and forming. Sophie contributed a 6” length of chain to our raffle necklace. Her work will also be featured during the House Show.
Tegan Wallace has been metalsmithing since she was 15. Since then she’s been creating one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry lines combining precious metals with other materials, sold in galleries and at art fairs across the country. Her work juxtaposes smooth precise lines with more freeform organic ones. Tegan is a weekly gallery attendant, occasional monitor and substitute teacher. If you call when Tegan is tending the house, you will always get a friendly and helpful voice on the other line.
Tory Herford was raised in a rural environment, and spent countless hours observing and interacting with the wonders of nature. Tory’s work involves nature or natural themes, with an emphasis on organic forms and textures. Considering herself more a sculptor than a jeweler, she often works directly from natural or found objects, taking them out of their original context so they can be experienced in new ways. Tory is our longest surviving studio member!