Pigment of Our Imagination

October 20 – December 13, 2016 | Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery

Pigment of Our Imagination showcases an array of mixed-media jewelry pieces created by Sam Mitchell and Aric Verrastro independently and collaboratively. Mitchell’s whimsical adornment explores childhood themes through personal memory and new experiences she shares with her son. Verrastro’s vibrant work reflects the energy of a city environment and its nightlife.

Sam Mitchell is a maker and educator residing in Iowa City, IA. She received her BFA from James Madison University in 2009 and her MFA in Metal and Jewelry Arts from the University of Iowa in 2014. Mitchell was a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Grant in 2012. Her most recent work has been shown at Sieraad in Amsterdam (2015), AV Gallery in Vilnius, Lithuania (2014) and The Walker Center in Minneapolis, MN (2014). For more information, visit her website at www.aldentedesigns.com.

Aric Verrastro is currently a foundations lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie, WI. Verrastro received his MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University in 2015. Aric was recently selected as a finalist for the 2016 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award. Verrastro’s work has been exhibited in Milwaukee, WI, Bloomington, IN, New York, NY, Houston, TX, Aspen, CO, Vilnius, Lithuania, Stockholm, Sweden, Munich, Germany and more. For more information, visit his website at www.aricverrastro.com.

Featured Image: Recycle, Sam Mitchell and Aric Verrastro, Steel, powder coated brass, copper, sterling silver, polyester cord, thread, acrylic paint, 2016, 48 x 50 x 40 mm

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