Sarah A. Myers


Contact Information

sarahprint@aol.com

Phone: 215-379-3663

http://www.samcustomjewelry.com/

Cheltenham, PA

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Jewelry

Artist Statement

Jewelry designs, I combine sterling silver with freshwater pearls, mixing the organic with inorganic. Pearls are a legendary gem, dating back 2206 BC in China. They were treasured as a symbol of wealth, revered for their mystical powers and valued for their uniqueness. From ancient China and India to medieval Europe and Arabia and in almost every culture pearls have been used for medicinal purposes ranging from aphrodisiacs to cures for insanity. Interestingly enough, the pharmaceutical industry continues to use pearls in medicine. Pearls of inferior quality are ground into a fine powder and used to prepare high-quality pharmaceutical calcium. Silver dates back to old Egyptian civilization. Silver was very rare and therefore called “white gold.” It was also called the “lunar metal” – cold and luminous like the moon’s reflection on the water.

Sterling silver is the metal of choice to frame in and around freshwater pearls. The use of freshwater pearls with sculptural sterling silver…. is kind of a yin-yang thing. Most designs begin as a two-dimensional drawing, where the basic lines and shapes are developed. All my work is hand fabricated using sterling and fine silver with 14k gold and pearls for color…. using traditional metalsmithing techniques to form each piece. It is not unusual for one of my necklaces to take over 18 hours to produce. I am inspired by nature’s gentle curves and it’s textures that give us endless possibilities. It’s my goal to design and create unique, high quality jewelry.

Printmaking

Artist Statement

Stepping out of doors, the spirit of fresh air and intense color of autumn is told in mood with bright colors rather than understand the specific story. I had the luxury to spend several autumns in Maine where nature slowly begins to take center stage and invite all to witness the display of magnificent colors. We stand in awe of this transformation, the yellow-green of undergrowth and sunshade’s shadow tinged with hints of blue and violet, the bright red-orange layers charge the entire surface and we are totally immersed, light doesn’t flicker here—-it glares. Photographs recall the specific details of the moment, however, I am not concerned about the details as I am about how nature wraps itself in a transparent veil that soften contrasts, hides details, simplifies lines and planes the essential forms and colors.

In my current work I continue to explore the printmaking boundaries, incorporating photo etching, carborundum and matte medium in order for the plates to provide just enough information to stimulate some memory of the past. Overlays of color come from an innate organic feeling, colors that define form, adding rich harmony creating a mood in order to appreciate and cherish autumn’s seasoned essence. By means of printmaking I forever remember the ebb and flow of changes, which the tongue can but clumsily define.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2006
Toad Hall Gallery Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

2005
Sarah Myers: Prints & Jewelry, Da Vinci Art Alliance,
Philadelphia, PA

2001
Spring Mill Gallery, Conshohocken, PA

1999
Markeim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ

Group
2011
Power of the Flower, Markeim Art Center, Haddenfeild, NJ

ARTwear 2011, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Structure Competition, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

MCGOPA, SPP Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Black & White, Plastic Club, Philadelphia PA

MCGOPA, SPP Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

2009
MCGOPA, SPP Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Art Works Gallery, of the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Art Works Gallery, of the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2007 - 2008
JMC Gallery, PA

2007
Art Works Gallery, of the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Radius State Museum of Pennsylvania, Radius, PA

2006
Art Works Gallery, of the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Art Works Gallery, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

2001
InLiquid Prints, Inliquid at DiPalma, Philadelphia, PA
Curators: Rachel Zimmerman, Bridgett Mayer

2000
Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

1999
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Hungry Art Gallery, NM

1992
Ariel Gallery, New York, NY

Art at the Armory, Philadelphia, PA

1990
Bowery Gallery, New York, NY

1988 - 1989
Print Club, Philadelphia, PA

1988
Joy Berman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1979 - 1982
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Honors

2010
Third Prize, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2006
John H. Wolf Award Best in Gold & Silver, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Miriam Belber Award for Jewelry, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

2000
Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

1999
Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Critic Award, Hungry Art Gallery, NM

1997
Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Voorhees Art Center, Voorhees, NJ

1996
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

1990
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

1977
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Education

University Of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Printmaking, Communication Design and Metalsmith

Studied with renowned artists in Italy