New Jewelry Series: “Who Will Remember the Ice?”

 In Inspiration
“Who Will Remember the Ice?”

My artist self found inspiration in the glaciers and colors of S.E. Alaska 46 years ago. Today my oldest daughter, Alex Van Nostrand works as an Assistant Expedition Leader on Linblad/National Geographic ships that travel to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle. Her vistas though different, are familiar to me. Her somber observations of the rapidly melting polar ice caps tear at my heart: the starving polar bears, the sea bird, seal and walrus colonies losing their homes, the delicate ecosystem of 12 different whale species losing their food supply. Meanwhile Atlanta, Venice, Ithaca and Skagway all experienced record breaking temperatures making everyone miserable, painfully aware of the looming crisis upon us and all creatures.

I tried to make what was overwhelming more palpable and manageable through the act of designing this new jewelry series: “Who Will Remember the Ice?”  As the glaciers crack into crystalline forms, a color of ethereal blue becomes visible, rising water froths, and brown earth is exposed where ice used to be. I chose stones for their symbolic hues to express these changing patterns. I am only one person, yet I have faith that beauty can be transformative.

I’m excited to premier this collection at the Green Door Studio this Friday and Saturday, October 4 & 5, 12PM-5PM. 152 Inlet Valley Way, Ithaca NY 14850. My friend, the prolific “quilt lady” Nancy Briggs, joins me in showing her striking array of quilts and wall hangings. We hope to see you there.

Who Will Remember the Ice?” Pendant I. Aquamarine, Boulder Opal, Sterling, $1100. Designed by Lainey Papageorge

“Who Will Remember the Ice?” Earrings I. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Nugget with Pyrite Inclusion, Silver Keshi Stick Pearl, Rhodium Plated Sterling & 14KW post $1050. Designed by Lainey Papageorge.

Please note these upcoming events and shows in Ithaca and Atlanta this Fall:
October 13, Sunday 10AM – 5PM
Rasa Spa — 310 Taughannock Blvd, 2nd Floor, Ithaca, NY 14850
Gem Resonance Workshop
Space limited, no previous experience needed.
Call Abby at Rasa Spa to register:  (607) 273-1740

October 16, Wednesday 6PM-8PM
Chapman Cancer Wellness Center, Piedmont West building on I-75, 7th floor
1800 Howell Mill RD, NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30318
A jewelry trunk show to benefit cancer wellness programs
Piedmont Atlanta Health Care Foundation sponsors
Hosted by Susan Powell, Good Living Real Estate
Please RSVP to Alice at (404) 425-7944

Oct 27, Sunday, 12 Noon – 5PM
“Art in the Park” show to benefit Ansley Park Beautification Foundation
Public is invited
69 Inman Circle, Ansley Park, Atlanta, GA 30309

November – December 23 — by appointment only
Atlanta studio open for shopping or Gem Resonance, by appointment only
2116 Lanes Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Dec 6, 7, 8, 11AM – 5PM
Atlanta Holiday Open Studio Sale
2116 Lanes Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

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