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Silvermine Arts Center to host Artisan's Trunk Show

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A beautiful array of items will be available in this unique fine art and artisan’s trunk show. Work on display will include: a collection of found object jewelry, intricate hand turned wood, exquisite basketry, one of a kind textured bags, woven art pieces, and a unique series of blown and carved glass.
The Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan will present a unique Artisan’s Trunk Show on Saturday, December 1st, in conjunction with the annual School Holiday Sale and Fundraiser. There will be a beautiful array of items available in this show.

Works on display will include: the unexpected in a collection of found object jewelry, intricate hand turned wood, exquisite basketry, one of a kind textured bags, woven art pieces, and a unique series of blown and carved glass. Artists featured in the trunk show will be Corey Anderson, Karin Lonning, Janet McKinstry, Sally Shore, Alice Sprintzen and Adam Waimon.

Corey Anderson has been working at his art as wood turner, wood artist and wood sculptor for more than ten years. His works range from functional items such as bowls, plates, platters, goblets and writing pens to creating one of a kind studio pieces. He enhances his pieces by carving and branding them to add texture and interest. Corey is best known for his bowls which are carved into intricate forests; no two are exactly alike.

Kari Lonning has been a full-time contemporary basket maker since 1975. She is best known for her double-walled constructions and a complex weaving process she refers to as her “hairy technique.” She works extensively with graphic patterns, using both bold and subtle color schemes. She dyes the natural rattan reed with commercial, colorfast textile dyes for depth of color and longevity. Her interest in patterns and complex weaving techniques began in college where she minored in textiles, while many of her vessel forms reflect her college major - ceramics. Basketry became the natural union of the two. Kari designs and weaves all the baskets herself. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the White House Craft Collection, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Kari is the author of "The Art of Basketry," a comprehensive resource on design and construction techniques for contemporary basketry. In 2007 and 2008 Kari won awards for her work from the Smithsonian and Craft Boston craft shows.

Bags created by Janet McKinstry are wearable art.  Each one is uniquely inspired by the materials she has on hand.   The lines and textures in the fabric are like paints on a canvas to Janet.  She blends the lines, colors, and textures as she would in a painting.  She loves seeking out unique findings for closures and finishing touches; vintage buttons, carved cabochons, old world coins; and adds her own works in clay.   McKinstry has a Bachelor’s degree in fashion and marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and a Master’s degree in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological school with an emphasis on theology and the arts.  These two streams of business and spirituality blending together make her artistic expressions truly unique.  

Weaver, Sally Shore, studied art at Kent State University in graphic design. She began working with ribbons in 1991 and has been experimenting with color, value, texture and weave structures ever since. Using ribbon in its endless variations to design evening bags and pieces for the wall allows Sally to experiment with plain weave, twill weave, basket weaves and many more by combining widths, textures and colors in layers much like a painter layers a canvas. For the past several years, Shore has been using ribbon as the medium for the Asian basket weaving technique called anyam gila, or the “mad weave.” This tri-axial weave employs three elements and produces a hexagonal pattern and a six-pointed star. In exploring this weave she discovered that dozens of visual tricks can be produced by varying the color and value of the ribbons and by using two or more ends as single elements. Since 2001, she has embellished her ribbon weaving with beads. In 2008 Ms. Shore self-published A Ribbon Weaver’s Handbook and continues to teach ribbon weaving, bead weaving and knitting.

Alice Sprintzen will be showing her collection of found object jewelry. You will find the unexpected incorporated into each unique piece of jewelry - maybe a chunk of a car light, a dollhouse tea pot, the hands of a clock, antique buttons, etc. Just about anything is fair game for this artist's artistic vision. In her collection, Ms. Sprintzen uses traditional jewelry making techniques such as riveting, soldering and sawing, combined with woven beadwork to complete the pieces. Her work is for the woman who enjoys wearing something very special and different, something that will be a conversation piece and will bring a smile to any viewer. It is jewelry meant to entertain and delight.  Alice has been teaching jewelry making for over 20 years and currently teaches at the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills, NY. She has authored several books including, The Jeweler's Art: A Multimedia Approach, and Crafts, Basic Techniques and Design. She has exhibited throughout the United States in galleries and museums.

Adam Waimon’s sculptural glass forms incorporate subtle monochromatic transparent color. This singular use of color allows the delicately engraved surfaces to refract and transmit light. Waimon utilizes the glass to create strong elegant forms with a minimalist approach. His goblets are inspired by a multitude of sources as diverse as microbiology and Art Deco. His newer series, the Pagliacci Series is a study of form interaction. The strict use of black, white and grey reference the opera (Pagliacci) and the garment worn by the main character. Multiple forms are placed together to allow interaction as one performing character would with another, bringing negative space to life. Adam is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, with a BFA in Glass. He has attended Master classes at both Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY and Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, ME. His work is included in numerous private and public collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The Fine Art and Artisan’s Trunk Show will be held in the Silvermine Galleries from 10AM until 4PM. Also this weekend is the School of Art Holiday Fundraising Sale in Sara Victoria Hall auditorium on Saturday, December 1st from 10AM to 4PM and Sunday, December 2nd from 1PM to 5PM. The beautiful works created by the faculty and students of the Silvermine School of Art make wonderful gifts for the holiday, all available at great prices! All sales are tax free this fundraising weekend. For more information call 203-966-9700 or visit our website at

About Silvermine Arts Center
Silvermine Arts Center located in New Canaan, Connecticut is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Located on a four acre campus, the center is comprised of a nationally renowned artist guild, award winning school of art offering multi-disciplinary art classes for ages 2 to 102, an art and fine crafts shop and galleries, offering over twenty contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. The center also provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools through its outreach program, Art Partners, and hosts a lecture series and special programs throughout the year. Silvermine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization.

Silvermine Arts Center Mission
Grounded in the belief that art is vital to the spirit, creativity and wholeness of human beings, the mission of Silvermine Arts Center is to cultivate, promote and encourage growth through the arts; to showcase and serve artists; and to foster arts education and appreciation opportunities for the greater community.

Gallery Hours: Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, 12p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1pm to 5 p.m. For more information, call (203) 966-9700 ext. 20 or visit the website:

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