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This Month's Featured Artist
1st Thursday, June 4th
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Featured Artist for June...
Amy Hazard is a 5th generation Santa Barbaran. She was born and raised on the Gaviota Coast where she fell in love with the ocean and the mountains. Amy began making jewelry at 12 years old. Her earrings, made of recycled magazine pages and wire, were sold at a local Santa Barbara boutique. She learned Native American abalone adornment carving from a fellow volunteer (Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group) while raising and caring for baby peregrine falcons on a remote beach north of Jalama. Most of her work took place at night, scaring off the Great-horned owls and other predators, so she had all day to sit on the desolate beach and carve abalone pendants using rocks and sand as her only tools. Amy learned from her mentor that abalone was sacred to the Native Americans of California and symbolized eternal life. Abalone shell has a rich heritage in many cultures. The Chumash of the Gaviota coast and Santa Barbara used intricately and masterfully carved abalone in their jewelry designs, as did the Pomo, Yokuts, Sierra Miwok, Hupa, and other California Native Americans.Abalone Alchemy jewelry is inspired by the ocean's inherent beauty and perfection. Amy's designs celebrate the ecoculture of the Gaviota Coast in Santa Barbara, California. They are reminiscent of long days spent on the warm sand or watching sunsets from a kayak. The abalone pieces are gathered from the shores of the Gaviota Coast; washed upon the sand- gifts from the ocean. These pieces of abalone truly are jewels of the Sea. Each piece of abalone is hand carved and polished by the artist based on its unique shape and characteristics. The captivating and striking colors and textures that naturally occur in the abalone are incorporated into Amy's designs using a blend of sterling silver and other metals, pearls, antique glass beads, and faceted gemstones.
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Reception for the
1st Thursday Event will be held on June 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Wine poured by Grassini Family Vineyards.