Jennifer Berghage & Sheena Sovich in the Jewelry Gallery
Jennifer Berghage Artist Statement: I've been doing complex beadwork for over ten years. My goal this year has been to learn several new things, such as how to string a bead loom and create patterned seed bead bracelets, which you see on exhibit here. Each bracelet takes about 16 - 20 hours and is made with the best quality materials available, such as sterling silver magnet slider clasps and FireLine, a non-biodegradable stringing material. I also work up the patterns behind my designs and sell them in my Etsy shop, Dreamkeeper Creations, so that other beaders can make their own copies. I strive for excellence in all my designs.
Another goal I've worked on this year is to learn how to do a stitch called Russian Spiral. Using this stitch, I create smooth seed bead bangles that roll right over the hand and sit on the wrist with no pesky clasps to interrupt their sparkle. These bangles are great to stack together. Each takes about 6 hours to make, using beautiful seed beads and FireLine. I also enjoy making Russian Spiral necklaces, and my goal with these has been to create a beaded clasp that flows smoothly with the design and is easy to manage. Depending on how long they are, these necklaces take about 24 hours to make. They look wonderful under the collar of a blouse or with a scoop neck dress or shirt.
For fun, I've spent some time making long, sea glass and seed bead fringe earrings. These work up fairly quickly, and I knew I liked them when I popped the first one onto my ear and pranced around the house showing it off to my husband even before I got the other one finished. My goal with these earrings has been to create something with a bit of sparkle and movement, but not necessarily "Native American style."
I love to create bead items that aren't necessarily for adornment of the body, and some of my most popular sellers are the beaded feathers used for saging/smudging ceremonies. My sets come with a shiny abalone shell, three bundles of sage, and a special feather purchased from the artist Robert Wills, who hand-painted all the feathers used in the movie, Dances with Wolves.
I do a lot of work on commission, customizing colors, lengths, sizes, and choosing just the right gemstone or fairy tale cabochon to bring my clients' dreams into wearable forms of art, whimsy, and beauty. If you'd like a special piece made, give me a call at 814-753-0738 or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for letting me share my joy with you!
Sheena Sovich Artist Statement: Sheena has been designing jewelry since 2002 and in 2003, she began her jewelry business Greyt Bedazzlies by Sheena. It has been a whirlwind for her as she started out beading and has evolved to wire work which she loves. She puts a lot of thought and a little of her own "inner soul" into each piece. Each gemstone has it's own natural beauty and her challenge is to enhance that beauty through her own creative designing ability. She also enjoys working with an array of gemstones, pearls, crystals along with different types of wire/metal including sterling silver, 14K gold filled, copper, aluminum and gold/silver plated.
She uses an array of mediums to meet her clients needs.
She finds her inspiration from the beauty that surrounds all of us. Her designs are original and one-of-a-kind. Rather than fight her "scattered brain", she has decided to go with it which makes it easy for her to design unique one-of-a-kind jewelry which can be worn for either business or casual wear. She wants her clients to feel beautiful and special when wearing one of her designs.
She keeps her prices affordable so that everyone can enjoy their exclusive piece/s of jewelry.
Sheena is a member of the Art Alliance of Central PA and Bellefonte Art Museum. She also serves on the Steering Committee for
the Gallery Shop in Lemont.
Jewelry Gallery - 2nd Floor
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment