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Date: November 29, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Displays Vessels and Jewelry by Renowned Metal Artists
North American Invitational Exhibit at Rockville Campus through Dec. 16

PHOTO EDITORS - high-resolution images to accompany this release: melenda_teawithdresserIII.jpg, rowley_underthedeepblueseatea.jpg, son_vessel2.jpg

Montgomery College presents “Wearable Sculptures and Vessels/Objects: North American Invitational Exhibition with Eight Contemporary Artists” in its Rockville Campus Art Gallery, on display through December 16.  The Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Paul Peck Art Building, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Organized by Montgomery College Professor Komelia Hongja Okim, the exhibit showcases leading metal artists from across the country who submitted vessels and wearable creations.  Okim, a Rockville resident, is a distinguished member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and a sought-after artist and speaker.  She chose eight artists, who come from as far away as Hawaii and as close as Washington, D.C.  

  • Jim Melenda submitted a series of teapots made from copper and onyx.  He also made spectacles and spectacle brooches from enamel, gold and silver.
  • Patricia Nelson creates vessels that she consider functional and “grounded to the earth, rational, geometric, yet… mysterious.”  She uses copper and silver extensively with heavy ornamentation. 
  • Jo Rowley says her artwork taps into the “beauty, wonder and grace” found in people and the planet.  She believes that living in Hawaii is a reminder of these principles.
  • Kye-Yeon Son submitted wire vessels that realize his “sensibility toward a certain aesthetic of fragility, lightness, and grace.”
  • Lisa Vershbow, who currently lives in Seoul, Korea with her diplomat husband, has had her work exhibited in London, Brussels, Antwerp, Czech Republic, and Russia.  Based in Washington D.C., she maintains studio space at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
  • Randy Long creates jewelry forms, objects, and hollowware.  His latest pieces of jewelry are inspired by botanical forms and his love of gardening.
  • Jan Baum calls her artistic process “a type of mining,” which involves collecting, filtering, sorting, and distilling raw material.  She considers philosophers Ernest Gombrich and Suzanne Langer her influences.
  • Fred Fenster, a native of the Bronx, New York, was elected a fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1995 and received the Hans Christiaansen Memorial Silversmithing Award in 2002.  He teaches full-time at the University of Wisconsin.

Gallery hours during the exhibit are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and evening hours on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.  For additional information, contact the Art Gallery at 301-279-5115.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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