This month's installation at the Bandon Library art gallery displays beautiful necklaces created by Jane Ujhaziand Susan DeSalvatori's fiber arts. Both artists are from Bandon.
Ujhazi's necklaces are colorful and varied, each one honoring ethnic, tribal, and artisticaspects. She has collected antique and tribal beads from around the world and gets her inspiration from the tradition of human self-adornment. Many of thenecklaces have matching earrings and/or bracelets. Her jewelry can be found for purchase at her online store TerraNova Fine Art Jewelry and was featured in Bead Style magazine.
DeSalvatori explores many themes of human emotion and experience in her fiber arts, including grace and grief. She uses a variety of mediums and techniqes; some pieces are multicolored quilts, some torn bits of fabric, and some incorporate printed words and photographs. One particularly striking piece entitled "Grace" is meant to illustrate examples of grace in everyday life. On the material are pictures of well-known personalities such as Anne Frank, Gandhi, and Mother Teresa as well as scenes of comfort in war and a small boy holding a goat. Stitched into the piece are the words to "Amazing Grace."
Expect to take some time looking at the jewelry and fiber art at the library this month. One needs more than a cursory glance to appreciate the depth of beauty, emotion, and tradition displayed.