FARMINGTON — Three local artists will present an exhibit featuring a wide variety of styles and mediums — from jewelry to quilts to mixed-media projects.
Sue Johnson, Catherine Thomas-Kemp and Betty Reed will show their art at Feat of Clay Gallery starting March 28.
Johnson started showing her fiber art in the 1970s and has attended various workshops and classes to hone her skills. Her art often looks at small details within nature. Since the 1970s, she has expanded to print making, jewelry making and pottery.
Like Johnson, Thomas-Kemp and Reed both create jewelry. Johnson will not have any jewelry on display, but the other two artists will.
Reed started making glass beads to add as embellishments to her quilt before she became a jewelry maker.
"One thing leads to another and you know you just want to learn everything," Reed said.
From the glass beads, Reed expanded to working with fused glass and will display some of her fused glass masks during the show. She said the masks have been popular with people who stop by the gallery to see her work.
While Thomas-Kemp creates jewelry as well, she said her's is different from the glass jewelry Reed creates.
"My jewelry is very modernistic, industrial looking," she said.
Thomas-Kemp includes a lot of found objects in the jewelry, such as stones.
"I use anything from iron to stainless steel — kind of anything I can get my hands on," she said.
Because she wanted more color in her art, Thomas-Kemp has recently started using enamel paint. She said the biggest challenge she faces during the enameling process is creating the right color mix.
"Enamel in the jars are not the same color as when they're fired," she explained.
Jewelry is part of life for Thomas-Kemp, who still has some of the $1 rings she bought at a grocery store as a child.
She describes her jewelry creation as a need rather than just a hobby.
When she passes her jewelry making bench, she gets an urge to create.
"Nine times out of 10, I circle back, sit down and start making something," she said.