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The Island Gallery
106 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110

Tel. 206-780-9500
Fax. 206-780-7811
For more information, contact
Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner

November 27, 2005. For immediate release.

Exhibition: ALL THAT GLITTERS: Contemporary Wearable Art. Jewelry & Clothing Treasures from the Studios of Northwest & Pacific Rim Artists.

Jewelry Artists: Marilyn Bergstrom, Tobie Bloom, Sophie Bryant, Julia Corliss, Su Olsen, Virginia Paquette, Cleva Rose, Kati Ubaldi, Irwan Williams

Clothing/Textile Designers: Randall Darwall, Rana Helmi, Isnia, Arthur Karvan, David Mendoza

Exhibition Dates: December 2-31, 2005
Opening Reception: Opening Reception and Fashion Show with Music by Alaina Simcoe: Friday, December 2, 6-8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Helpline House.

Come join us for an evening of fashion fun, featuring Northwest and Pacific Rim artists who are designing exquisite jewelry and clothing with fine quality gem stones and textiles. Holiday music will be provided by Alaina Simcoe on guitar.

Jewelry featured in this show reflects a range of styles that incorporate metal and semi-precious stones, ancient and vintage beads from around the world, and kumihimo weaving. Su Olsen, well known on Bainbridge for her beads collected from around the world, will present a new collection of broaches incorporating animal and human motifs. Virginia Paquette and Marilyn Bergstrom are well-known painters in the Puget Sound Area, and their painterís palette is reflected in bold necklaces and earrings showcasing semi-precious stones. Cleva Rose from Suquamish, known for copper work and kumihimo weaving, presents new pieces featuring agate, citrine and other stones entwined with copper and silver. Julia Corliss works with jade and other Asian stones to create necklaces and bracelets with Asian motifs. Kati Ubaldi fashions bold contemporary necklaces of semi-precious stones. Sophie Bryant, a Bainbridge Islander currently studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, creates whimsical contemporary pieces featuring vintage beads and striking silver work. Tobie Bloomís pieces, also exhibited in New York and Los Angeles, add the glitter of diamond rings and earrings.

We are pleased to introduce Irwan Williams, Julliard trained artist living in Indonesia for several decades and exhibiting in Southeast Asia, Australia and Europe. This is his first showing in the United States. His Heritage Indonesia Collection is a series of pendants of iconic images of that culture and a culmination of many years of his work with Javanese repousse silversmiths. His Runic Jewel Collection combines silver and semi-precious stones in dramatic contemporary designs.

Our clothing features new coat and jacket creations by Pacific Rim designers Rana Helmi and David Mendoza who regularly show at the gallery. Rana Helmi has created special ensembles in black and burgundy silk with elaborate pearl beadwork. The popular Java Jacket is back in a range of silks from David Mendoza. We also showcase the silk scarves of Isnia and hand woven shawls from Randall Darwall. We are excited to introduce Arthur Karvan, a designer of hand drawn batik sarongs and ties in Indonesia, whose contemporary color palette and bold designs add sparkle to the occasion.

The Island Gallery - Contemporary adaptations of ancient artistic traditions: Indonesian Textile Art, Wood-Fired Ceramics and Wood Objects from Northwest Artists. A portion of the Gallery's profits help support the non-profit Institute for Cross Cultural Art, promoting the preservation and development of traditional art forms and facilitating interaction of artists.