Adornment is artistic statement in jewelry exhibit

Margaret Smith

Many moods, many designs, many kinds of materials, from felt to gems.

It’s all in the Be-Jeweled exhibit coming to Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, featuring pieces by members of the Bolton Artisans Guild.

“This is the first time we are doing a themed show with the jewelry,” said Amy Crawley of the Bolton Artisans Guild, one of the artists whose jewelry is included in the exhibit.

Among the highlights are work by Laura Burke, who Crawley said has made some felted jewelry. “She made her own felt, and she rolls it in coils…she has also done what she calls knit jewels, with thousands of beads, with different sizes and color and techniques.”

Artist Verjik Abramian-Martin “has been inspired by a lot of semi-precious natural stones, and sterling silver, so she puts those components together. Some of it is wire-wrapped, with shellfish stones and beads,” Crawley said.

In short, the possibilities can go outside the bounds of conventional ideas about jewelry. “The work I have is from polymer clay, little wearable sculptures,” Crawley said. “It’s each artist’s inspiration and the particular medium they work in.”

The Bolton Artisans Guild is comprised of 14 artists, all of whom live in Bolton.

The exhibit also includes the work of Carol Ehrlich, Brenda Evans, and Chris Sterling.

If you go

“Be-Jeweled” runs Monday, Aug. 4 through Sept. 7 at Nashoba Valley Winery, 100 Wattaquadock Hill Rd, Bolton. For more information, visit