Contemporary Expression

Living Art Artful Life – Jewelry & Adornment
August 27, 2005, 9:27 pm
Filed under: Living An Artful Life, The Art Files

Living An Artful Life
Jewelry and Adornment
as featured in Church Street Freedom Press July 2005

For centuries people have found ways of placing art on their bodies in the form of jewelry and clothing. When bringing up visions of people from different parts of the planet, different villages, different tribes, different cultures, you may recognize items of adornment that speak clearly and through that communication tell you something of the people that wear them.

What type of jewelry do you wear? Do you know if it was hand made and unique? Do you know the person that made it? Did you make it? There are several good jewelry making classes in town. Red Dog Beads in Madison teaches classes as does The Art House on 12th South. Watkins School of Art & Design is having a jewelry making course this summer as well.

I like to find jewelry with natural stones and prefer silver to gold. When I tried to find out what that meant I couldn’t really put my finger on it. However, liking large stones on my hands and smalls stones on my neck and ears may tell you a bit about my personality.

Looking for great hand made jewelry in Nashville? I suggest these places in no particular order; Scarlet Begonia on West End, A Thousand Faces and Pangaea in Hillsboro Village, The Art House on 12th South, Algeria and Art & Invention Gallery in East Nashville. They all have good things to consider for men, women and unisex styles.

Those of us who wear eye glasses we are fully aware of the importance of picking a good frame. It’s the one piece of adornment is worn all of the time. VisualEyes on Hayes has an awesome selection.

The idea is to be mindful of your selections. Be aware that each selection is a wonderful opportunity to live an artful life!

Nancy VanReece is a visual artist in Nashville. Her works are carried at Urban Décor on Woodland in East Nashville. She is also President of the Board of Directors of Nashville’s leading non-profit experimental theatre People’s Branch Theatre. For more information: and


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Just ignore that post folks —long live the first amendment …

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