Vail, Beaver Creek sister galleries to host wood jewelry exhibit |

Vail, Beaver Creek sister galleries to host wood jewelry exhibit

"Reconciled” by Kate Furman wood, copper, steel, sterling silver brooch.
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The eight artists represented in a new exhibition at J. Cotter galleries come from several different countries and have created a varied and interesting compilation of pieces with the use of one common material: wood.

Using wood as a material for the construction of jewelry and wearable objects is not a new idea, but it is pushing the boundaries of what people perceive as fine jewelry. The exhibit is titled “These Were Trees.”

The exhibition has been curated by Theresa Hauser and Jim Cotter, gallery owner, and will be on display for the winter season in the J. Cotter Gallery locations both in Beaver Creek and Vail. The opportunity to show wooden jewelry at the J. Cotter Galleries is another chance for Cotter to show his clientele what kind of pieces are being made in the contemporary art jewelry world. Cotter is known for his use of non-traditional materials including steel, rocks, wood, cement, found objects, feathers and powder coat.


“I have always had a little place in my heart for wood,” Cotter said. “I have been using wood while creating sculpture and jewelry for quite some time now, but it seems like in the past few years it has become more popular as an alternative material in the field. There are some artists out there making some really interesting things.”

Along the lines of Cotter’s idea of pushing parameters of wearable art and acceptable materials in jewelry, the artists in this exhibition push wood to extreme and the results are stunning, Cotter said.

The work is all masterfully installed in large steel cases using magnets and the J. Cotter Gallery staff lets people try on pieces. The contrast between the black steel of the displays and the wooden jewelry really allows the work to pop.

“These Were Trees” showcases the variety of work that is achievable in wood.

“We selected artists that approach wood as a material from many different aspects,” said co-curator Theresa Hauser. “We were really excited to choose a medium that people see on an everyday basis, but our clients don’t necessarily have ‘wood’ in their jewelry vocabulary. We have a range of aesthetics, finishes, techniques and formats to help people get a full understanding of what artists are making.”

This exhibition is proof that there are not limitations to what jewelry artists are able to create.

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