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The Open Window Gallery - Fine Art Jewelry

The Open Window Gallery
fine art jewelry
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The Open Window Gallery showcases the works of bead and jewelry artists, both local and worldwide. These artists work with glass and vintage glass, fused and lampworked glass, gemstones, shells and other natural materials, sterling silver, gold-filled and 14KT, among other materials.

These artists create wonderful and imaginative pieces, using extraordinary materials in exciting ways. These artists guarantee the quality of their work.

Some of the artists in the Gallery:


718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123
Nashville, TN 37204
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

We are located in the trendy Berry Hill District of Nashville

Also of interest:

The Ugly Necklace Contest

All Dolled Up:Beaded Art Doll Competition

The Artists Place

James Alfred Jones Studios

Also see: Jewelry and Bead Artists On The Web
-- associated with Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts


by Kathleen Lynam

I am a professional puppeteer. I created Crafty Characters Puppets Troupe in 1990, to bring culturally diverse stories to young audiences. Literature and reading are stressed as the characters jump from the page to the puppet stage.

In 1991, I became a teaching artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Working extensively in the pre-K classroom, I develop activities, stories, and songs that are developmentally appropriate, educationally sound, and promote the love of learning. In 2001, Wolf Trap designated me a Mater Artist, which enables me to provide residencies and puppetry workshops nationwide.

The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, has included me on their National Touring Roster. My workshop: "Meeting Famous Americans: A History Lesson Through Puppetry" is offered to teachers K-4.

My love affair with beads began in 1987. My focus has been on beadweaving, particularly peyote, brick, ndebele, and crochet beaded ropes.

In March 2002, my bedwork and puppetry were shown in the main gallery at the Appalchian Center for Crafts.

I am honored to have one of my beaded pop-up puppets featured in the gallery of netted beadwork in Diane Fitzgerald's book, "Netted Beadwork".

I provide classes in Beaded Crochet Ropes at Bedazzled Beads in Nashville, TN.


Silversmith, Lampwork Artist and Beadsmith

The most important thing to me about silver-smithing is creative expression.   Art!

I like to integrate different materials into a new coherent whole.  Sterling silver, gemstones, old glass, twisted wire, bronze, copper, beads.  I like to embellish most of my pieces in the Victorian way -- a 3-dimensional collage of "pieces at hand".  The coherency in my pieces is not that of "telling a story with symbols", but rather of juxtaposing textures and colors within an "emotional whole."

I craft rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and the like, and have custom-designed pieces for several country music stars.  I like doing custom-work (as opposed to speculative-work) best.  It's a challenge translating someone's particular needs and expectations into a successful and satisfying piece.  

I come from a very craft-oriented family.  From woodwork to country crafts, my parents and siblings did it all.  I originally worked with leather-craft, and had developed a successful business doing that.   I pursued another career for awhile, then picked up jewelry-making.  I began with bead-work and also making collage pins out of beads and jewelry findings.   I took some silver-smithing classes and some wire-wrapping classes.  I liked silver-smithing the best, though I still do some beadwork.  As I was able to acquire silver-smithing tools and supplies, I did.  My career as a silver-smith evolved.

At first, I experimented with different techniques and materials.  Trial and error.   I looked at fashion magazines and Lapidary Journal for ideas.  After awhile, things become more intuitive.  And this allowed me to be more creative.

My advice for others:  Just keep working at it.  Don't be afraid to try things, even if they don't work.  I have one blind spot -- functionality.  For example, I might begin making a beautiful, wonderful ring, but the size of the ring I initially select might be too small for the decorative top.  So I always bounce off my design ideas against others to make sure "form coordinates with function."

Also visit my Lampwork Gallery on-line, and my Artist Place web-page.

Sylvanye Roh
Designs By Sylvanye Glass Studio
Fused Glass Artist

Sylvanye started her artisan career 8 years ago with rubber stamps and ink, designing one of a kind cards and books.

Four years later, she expanded her creativity to include polymer clay and lampworking. But it wasn't until she created her first fused glass piece of jewelry that she realized glass would be her ultimate medium of choice.......and so the love affair with glass began.

Sylvanye creates one of a kind jewelry using two or more pieces of dichroic glass fired at 1575 degrees over a course of 12 hours or more. Many of her custom jewelry pieces take advantage of her silversmithing talents where she handcrafts beautiful beads and bails out of raw silver. She believes this embellishment adds a rich and sophisticated dimension to her one of a kind glass jewelry creations.

Sylvanye enjoys sharing her lvoe of glass and the majesty it brings.

Galleries representing artist:
American Artisan - Nashville, TN
Open Window Gallery - Nashville, TN
FRIST Museum Center Shop -Nashville, TN

Internet Access:
Ruby Lane Courtyard

Nashville Artist Guild
Madison Art Center
American Craft Council
Glass Art Society


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Artists interested in displaying their pieces in The Open Window Gallery should send a minimum of 10 slides or 10 .jpg files of their work to The Gallery for review. The Gallery has a panel of artists who review slides about every 2 months, and makes determinations based on (a) quality, (b) special qualities about the artist's style, (c) relationship to pieces of other artists currently on display, and (d) space availability. This panel keeps all slides/images files submitted on file, and will continually review them. Except for acknowledging receipt of artist materials, the panel does not regularly keep in touch with the artist, unless interested in showcasing that artist's work at any given time. An artist who has previously submitted materials, may update them at any time.

If sending .jpg files, make sure these image files are created in at least 300 dpi.

Examples of the kinds of pieces The Gallery showcases:

- finished necklaces, bracelets, earrings (any medium)
- pendants (which may or may not include a cord or chain)
- bead weavings, including amulet purses and bags, tapestries, jewelry
- inlay stone or glass work
- other art or craft pieces, not necessarily jewelry or beadwork, that somehow illustrates a "crafter" or "bead artist" or "jewelry artist" theme. An example is a "seamstress monkey doll".

All pieces are displayed on a consignment basis. The Gallery keeps 40% of the sales price; the Artist gets 60%. Example of Standard Consignment Agreement.

Also of interest:

Art Gallery Worldwide -
A lot of artworks in different styles and media.
Website offers a wide variety of features and
services that enable customers to buy and sell their art.
See their section on Jewelry As Art.

Absolute Arts
The largest marketplace for contemporary art, art news, research, art gallery and artist portfolios.
Click on "Browse The Arts" and search on "Jewelry".

The Electronic Cottage Gallery
Your Direct Connection for the Purchase of Original Fine Art and Handmade Craft From Over 1000 Acclaimed Artists & Craftspeople!

CreatorsOutlet is a unique internet marketplace bringing together people who value handcrafted work with those who create it. We offer you products that reflect the talent and passion born of the creative spirit. You are invited to join this community where creativity is celebrated. Browse, shop, pass it on, grow with us.

Sculpture To Wear Gallery
SCULPTURE TO WEAR represents the very best in Contemporary Art Jewelry. Visionary Proprietor Lisa M. Berman has assembled work from the most influential metalsmiths and jewelry artists of our time. The gallery also hosts many international museum exhibitions of jewelry and wearable art throughout the year. Sculpture to Wear is conveniently located at 808 11th Street at Montana Avenue, in the city of Santa Monica.

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