Metal and bone meld for Jewels and Arte funktional show

Feature artist Lori Mairs shows large sculptural installation, which includes jewelry made from discarded antlers, teeth and bones.

Kelowna artist Lori Mairs is showing her Bones of Tobias in the Jewels and Arte funktional show in the Marie Fleming Hall at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Thursday

Kelowna artist Lori Mairs is showing her Bones of Tobias in the Jewels and Arte funktional show in the Marie Fleming Hall at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Thursday

Bone and metal are being twisted into some fantastical art once again for Ashpa Naira Gallery’s annual fall Arte funktional exhibition at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Last year, Enderby artist Stephan Bircher showed his dancing mechanized creatures made of animal bones for the show, held in the centre’s Marie Fleming Hall, and this year, the show’s feature artist is a jeweler who works in metal and bone.

Kelowna’s Lori Mairs originally created The Bones of Tobias for an exhibition at the Lake Country Art Gallery.

Her large sculptural installation, which includes necklaces, rings, and broaches made from discarded antlers, teeth and bones made quite an impression.

“In Lori Mairs’ work, her treatment of her materials elevate and honour the life forces that generated the bones, teeth and antlers she works with. She creates work that brings the inside out,” said Katie Brennan, curator of the Lake Country Art Gallery.

Besides Mairs’ installation, the public will have the opportunity to see and buy jewelry as a wearable art form at the show which is being called Jewels & Arte funktional, said Ashpa Naira owner and show co-organizer Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante.

Artists such as, Deborah Wilson, Susan Richards, Yael Krakowski, Stephan Bircher, Angelika Jaeger, Catherine Hahn, Akira Hanson, Pat Doyle, Annemarie Fux, Helene Tremblay and de Bustamante have all created jewelry in different medias.

Other Okanagan artists participating in the show include Julie Oakes, Barry Rafuse, Robyn Soderberg, Angelika Jaeger and Vikki Drummond, who are showing their paintings, while Jessica Klein, Leonhard Epp, David Montpetit, Doug Alcock and Sandra de Vries will feature their sculptural work.

Chris Clayton, Laurel Fredin and Bonnie Miller will have a selection of ceramic and glass works, while textile Myrna Giesbretch, Larissa Henschel and Akira Hanson will be showing their clothing and tapestries.

Furniture maker Mark Sundby has also created a wine bar for a cellar and a fireplace mantel piece for the show, which de Bustamante is complementing with her signature tile art.

The Jewels & Arte funktional exhibition  and sale takes place Thursday and Friday,  Oct. 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Marie Fleming Hall.

For more information, contact de Bustamante at 250-549-4249 or at e-mail ashpanaira@telus.net.

Admission is free.