Friday, February 1, 2013

Cohen & Unterspan, "Feminine Finery"

Bert Cohen and Diana Unterspan team up for the month of February at Art On Broadway to present our featured show, "Feminine Finery." Bert creates fine art jewelry and Diana builds women's hats from raw materials - mostly silk, wool, and straw. The gallery will host an Artists Reception on Saturday, February 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the latest work by these two talented artists.

Bert has always enjoyed wearing beautiful jewelry; several years ago she discovered she enjoyed creating it even more. For this upcoming show, she will present a number of heart shaped copper pendants, worked with a torch to create fascinating patinas or embellished with enamel for added texture, color, and finish. Visit the gallery between February 5 and March 2 to see how the heart shown below is transformed into a finished piece of jewelry, perfect for Valentine's Day gifting.

As much as Bert loves jewelry, Diana loves hats! She loves working with the materials, creating the designs, adding the finishing touches, and fitting her customers with the perfect hat for their style and individual features. "My hats have become unique pieces of wearable art," says Unterspan. "No glue goes into the process. Every part of the hat is sewn by me and each hat is a one-of-a-kind creation."

Be sure to mark your calendars for a free demonstration offered by Diana on the art of working with felted wool. The demo is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Art On Broadway. There will be a hands-on opportunity for those attendees who are interested in Diana's process. One of her felted wool hats is pictured below.

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