Monday, April 19, 2010

Welcoming Spring Artrageous Style

After the winter we just suffered through I was beyond excited with the abundance of sunshine we have recently been blessed with. Although I'm fortunate to have a job that surrounds me with vibrant art year round nothing compares to Mother Nature's original work. There is something special that occurs when she is ready to introduce Spring to us. Being able to walk outside surrounded by blooming flowers and budding trees is truly energizing to my soul. With signs that Spring has arrived it's time to celebrate! What better way to celebrate then coming downtown for a night of art!

Artrageous Friday is April 23 from 6pm to 9pm.
We are very excited to
announce our featured artist:
Grace Wang-Bishop of ZN Creative Arts

ZN Creative Arts is a Chicago-based studio known for the bold, modern reversible jewelry pieces designed and created by Grace Wang-Bishop. Begun in 2003, ZN Creative Arts (named after Grace's Chinese Name, Tzu-en) creates wearable works of art by utilizing enamel on copper, sterling silver and semi-precious stones; geometric and three dimensional shapes that recall the angular bones of contemporary architecture. In addition, her creations add a level of modularity that allows women to not only partake of the initial design process, but also act as designer each time the piece is worn. Some items, in fact, offer up to four different looks in one piece.

Grace's Industrial Design background has helped her find innovative ways to structure materials into 3-dimensional objects. However, her Asian heritage naturally factors heavily into her designs as well. She spent her formative years in Taiwan, where beauty abounds in the form of calligraphy, poetry and the ancient folk art of Chinese Knotting. These iconic techniques and motifs of the culture are obvious in her work; they emerge reconceived in thoroughly modern ways.

Contemporary and classic, simple but complex, ZN Creative Arts jewelry pieces are creations that can be whatever you want them to be at any given moment.
This Friday is going to be filled with beautiful jewelry, mini cupcakes,
champagne and good company!
Don't miss out on the fun!

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