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The Popcorn Gallery presents Legacy: A Celebration, Wearable Expression in Time, a collection of new, wearable works by Blair Anderson, founder of SilverWorks Studio & Gallery in historic Glen Echo Park. Anderson uses metals, gemstones, and found objects to tell her stories. Opening Reception: Friday, August 5, 2022, 6 – 8 pm.
Legacy. What has been handed down to you? What are you handing down to others? Legacy can take the form of things or can be actions that affect others. Like a ripple in a pond, what we do and intend can influence, motivate, and even inspire. This show explores the relationship of the art of jewelry making and the influence artists have on each other and the resulting aesthetics. Looking at those who have gone before us, the show will also honor Deborah Dubois with posthumous collaborations. Anderson combines the influence of Dubois – whom she had never met – with her own design style. Part of the proceeds from sales of work in this exhibition will be donated to a college fund for Deborah’s granddaughter, Ella.
The show will also examine, on a global scale, the influence that the SilverWorks residency program has had. For the last ten years this residency has awarded young people free access to studio and classes, an exhibition, and has photographed their portfolios for college applications. We will take a look at where they are now and how the SilverWorks lives have interconnected through the art form.
Blair Anderson brings 35 years experience of silversmithing to Glen Echo Park as founder of SilverWorks Studio & Gallery and Studio 2: Hot metal. She makes wearable art that represents personal journeys by telling stories with metal and precious stones. These works have a depth of content often dealing with themes of social justice, spiritual awareness, and women’s issues to elicit reactions that often determine their patrons. The work chooses them. Anderson is married to her best friend, Bryan. They have one son, Daniel, an artist, writer, and web developer. Bryan and Blair live in Silver Spring, MD.
Deborah Dubois (passed June 10, 2021)
A founding member of the Annual Pleiades Art Exhibition, Deborah Dubois taught classes, courses and workshops through the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths, Montgomery College, Glen Echo Park, Longwood University, Touchstone Center for the Arts and others. Between 1981 and 1999, Dubois was contracted to repair and clean several pieces in the Gem Hall of the National Natural History Museum, most notably the Hope Diamond. In 1996, she became an Artist-In-Residence at Glen Echo Park.
August 5 – September 5, 2022
Popcorn Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12 pm – 6 pm