Santa Fe's Patina Gallery 2013 Exhibition Calendar

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Santa Fe's Patina Gallery, an international destination for art jewelry and fine craft design, announces the 2013 exhibition calendar.

Patina is increasingly recognized as one of the country's premiere venues for the exhibition of art jewelry and fine craft design.

Now in its 14th year, Patina Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico has established an international reputation for the exhibition of the finest work in the fields of art jewelry and fine craft design. Today the gallery’s reputation reaches Europe and Asia.

Each year, gallery director Ivan Barnett offers something fresh to Patina’s clients, something new, while still honoring their appreciation of gallery favorites. With that in mind, Patina is pleased to introduce the 2013 exhibition calendar.

The first exhibition of the summer is scheduled to coincide with the opening of the Santa Fe Opera. "Judith Kaufman and Lilly Fitzgerald, The Ecstasy of Gold," is a show of works from two highly respected jewelry artists. Both left the world of galleries years ago but have enthusiastically agreed to this one-time exhibit at Patina. It opens Friday, June 28 and will run through July 21.

Kaufman and Fitzgerald both work with high karat gold and colored gems, and both explore contrasts of texture and volume. Their jewelry seems talismanic, a little ancient and mysterious in its opulence. Kaufman’s work is found in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Art and Design.

Next in the calendar line-up is "Continuum," an exhibit with artist Claire Kahn, whose crocheted bead necklaces continue to elicit excitement and wonder. Referencing the intricate patterning of snakes, the compelling uniqueness of her work is treasured by the women who acquire it. This is just one reason Patina is thrilled to be Kahn’s exclusive representative.

Each of Kahn’s two previous Patina exhibits offered some new variation for her collectors and "Continuum" will be no exception. The event is scheduled in conjunction with the International Folk Art Market and Kahn will attend the opening scheduled for Friday, July 5. It ends July 28.

"Peter Schmid & Atelier Zobel Return" marks the 12th Patina exhibition for this renowned German jewelry design studio. The work of the Atelier has set a standard for art jewelry recognized by collectors around the world. Established by artist Michael Zobel, the studio has a refined signature all its own: organic, bold and highly modern. Peter Schmid continues the studio’s tradition of mixed metal works set with unusual gems and dustings of tiny diamonds, and brings a new quality of refinement to the designs. Schmid's exhibition opens August 2 and runs through August 25.

The calendar resumes in October with "Ingrained," an exhibit of works from two masters of the wood medium. Liam Flynn, working in Ireland, turns and carves vessels of sublime simplicity. The voluptuous forms and gently undulating surface are just part of each work’s unique appeal. Gustav Reyes receives accolades for his wood jewelry, bracelets, earrings and necklaces that, in their own way, reveal the lovely nuance of wood. "Ingrained" opens October 4 and ends October 27.

December and the holidays call for magic and the final two exhibitions of the year are certain to provide it. The first, "Abstraction," features the works of Ivan Barnett, Patina Gallery’s director and an artist of considerable acclaim. He brings a new group of mobiles ranging in scale from 3’ – 8’ in height. In addition, he will also present photography, a medium new to his resume. He plans a group of photographs taken on a trip to China in 2012. This is Barnett’s first Patina exhibition in three years. It opens December 6 and will run through December 29.

Later in the December, jewelry artist Barbara Heinrich returns for her second Patina exhibit. Her 18k gold jewelry set with exquisite colored gems has won numerous awards. Known for the restraint and understatement of her work, Heinrich’s jewelry exudes confident elegance. "Delicacies" opens December 30 and runs through January 12, 2014.

Patina Gallery’s owners Allison and Ivan Barnett are dedicated to offering superior works in the fields of art jewelry, clay, sculpture and studio wood, and the gallery’s reputation as one of the most beautiful galleries in Santa Fe continues to grow. Patina’s 2013 calendar promises the enriching and soul-stirring experience that Patina’s friends have come to expect.

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