February 21, 2013
STEPHEN WEBSTER AWARDED MBE
(Thursday 21st February 2013 – London, England) - Internationally acclaimed British jewelry designer Stephen Webster received an MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Webster was awarded the MBE in the New Year honours list for his services to training and skills in the British Jewelry Industry.
Renowned for his fearless creativity and exquisite craftsmanship, Stephen Webster is one of the most prominent jewelry designers of his generation. With a career that spans 37 years, Webster’s eponymous brand now boasts over 200 points of sale worldwide whilst attracting some of the entertainment world’s most glamorous stars.
Stephen’s enthusiasm, commitment and unmistakable creativity have helped him to achieve numerous accolades including a three-time win of the “British Luxury Jeweller of the Year Award”, an honorary degree from The Kent Institute of Art and Design as well as holding the honour of being a Liveryman of the City of London.
Throughout his career, Webster has been an advocate of ethically and socially mined materials; travelling to mines in Tanzania and Peru to meet the mining communities and trace the origins of the materials he knows so well. He is now an ambassador for Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold and works closely with Forevermark Diamonds, the world’s most carefully selected diamonds.
As the Creative Director of Garrard, the world’s oldest jewellery house, Webster’s direction has helped to steer the brand back toward its core values as a British luxury jeweller and silversmith, whilst restoring the relationship with his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and retaining the Royal Warrant for another 5 years.
In his newest role as the curator of the British Fashion Council’s ‘Rock Vault’, Webster’s enthusiasm, guidance and support has been invaluable to Britain’s up and coming fine jewelry talent.
‘To be awarded an MBE for craftsmanship and training in the jewellery industry is a great honour and means so much to me and everyone at Stephen Webster. We have a passion for the craft and skills required to be great jewellers. I have always enjoyed passing on the knowledge which I have acquired throughout my career to people entering this amazing business. Curating the Rock Vault for the BFC has given me the ultimate platform, along with the panel to help mentor and guide emerging talent. I am so fortunate that the SW team not only support this but embrace it.’ Stephen Webster.
About Stephen Webster
Stephen Webster MBE is one of the most prominent jewellery designers of his generation. Founded upon 37 vibrant years of exquisite craftsmanship and fearless creativity, British-born Stephen Webster has evolved into the global luxury jewellery brand of tomorrow. Coveted by icons and idols, Stephen Webster is celebrated for creating modern classics with an eternally chic and glamorous aesthetic.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order is composed of five classes in civil and military divisions. In descending order of seniority, these are:
Only the highest two ranks automatically entitle its recipient to become a knight or dame, an honour allowing (but not prescribing) the postulant to use the title "Sir" (male) or "Dame" (female) before his or her first name (though men can be knighted separately from this and other Orders of Chivalry). Honorary knighthoods, given to individuals who are not nationals of a realm where Queen Elizabeth II is Head of State, permit use of the honour as a post-nominal but not as a title before their name. Awards in the Order of the British Empire in the Commonwealth Realms were discontinued with the establishment of national systems of honours and awards such as the Order of Canada, the Order of Australia and the New Zealand Order of Merit. Foreign recipients are classified as honorary members of the Order they receive, and do not contribute to the numbers restricted to that Order as full members do.
The Order's motto is For God and the Empire. It is the most junior of the British orders of chivalry, and the largest, with over 100,000 living members worldwide.
Source: Stephen Webster Press Release
February 20, 2013
We are pleased to announce that we recently received new Jim Pittman works in the gallery. Jim Pittman is an well-known, Boulder-based, abstract landscape artist who is inspired by trips to New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Stop in to the gallery or visit http://www.artandsoulboulder.com/artist/jim-pittman to see his newest work!
February 6, 2013
Valentine's Day is just around the corner
Want to let your special someone know just how much you love them?! We have so many great gift ideas and will help you choose the perfect one! We would love to help make this an unforgettable Valentine's Day for you and your sweetheart!
February 2, 2013
Check out Stephen's article "Ways to Make A Manly Statement With Jewelry" in this issue of the Wall Street Journal:
December 5, 2012
We're delighted to share with you a blog post from TRENDLAND featuring the "Paint Chip Series" by our featured artist, Shawn Huckins. Please stop in to the gallery to see the entire series, which we will have exhibited through January 2013. Please contact us with any questions about Shawn's works. We look forward to seeing you soon.
October 25, 2012
We just finished hanging Gail Watson's exhibition and we can't tell you how much we love it. Her use of neutral, earthy tones work well in any space. We received over 20 wonderful new works, including five free standing sculptures. The exhibition will be up through the end of the year, so please stop in to the gallery to view Gail's new work. We look forward to seeing you!
The A+S Team
September 26, 2012
A big congratulations to our featured artist, Karen Divine, for winning 1st Place in the Worldwide Photography Awards Gala! Karen's piece "Rocks 1", which was displayed in the gallery until it recently sold, placed first in the international photography competition. Check out http://www.thegalaawards.net/announcements/cell-camera-awardees to view Karen's award-winning work, "Rocks 1" and several more of her works. You can view Karen's other iPhonography works in person in the gallery or on our website.
September 18, 2012
New larger works just arrived
Have you gotten a chance to stop in and view our current Clay Hawkley exhibition? If so, you probably haven't been able to get your mind off Clay's larger collage works that we recently started featuring. We're excited to annouce that we now have two new larger scale collage pieces! If you haven't had a chance to see Clay Hawkley's works yet, check out his work on our website at http://www.artandsoulboulder.com/artist/clay-hawkley and be sure to stop in to the gallery if you get a chance to see these incredible pieces in person.
August 21, 2012
Have you always wanted a unique "Initial" pendant? We have the perfect option for you! Lisa Jenks just released a new "Initial" Collection in sterling silver. These "Initials" are true to Lisa's style and would be great worn alone or added to any Lisa Jenks piece that you already have in your collection. The "Initials" are available in a small version for $128 or a large version for $255. We will debut the "Initial" Collection during Fashion's Night Out on September 6th, 2012. We look forward to seeing you!
July 15, 2012
We are currently offering 50% off jewelry from designers Jeanine Payer, , Shaun Leane, Alexis Bittar, Margery Hirschey, and many more. Don't miss your chance to get gorgeous jewelry at a great price. We look forward to seeing you soon!
July 10, 2012
These bracelets say “Klahan” (Klaa-han) which means “Brave” in “Khmer” (Khem-eye), the language of Cambodia. Inspired by the Bravery of sexual trafficking survivors, The Brave Collection was born out of a desire to wash away the taboo associations with such a sensitive subject matter, and create a catalyst for people to communicate about the reality of modern day slavery.
While trafficking is age and gender blind, young women are especially vulnerable. In this country, runaway and homeless youth are among the most susceptible. In developing countries such as Cambodia, where formal education and job prospects are limited, girls may be tricked into slavery as they seek better lives for themselves.
Human trafficking is the act of transporting, recruiting or harboring a person for labor (including sex) through the use of coercion, force, fraud or kidnapping.
Experts estimate that there are over 12 million people forced into modern day slavery1 (though other estimates have come in much higher), meaning that there are more slaves today than at any point in human history.
While trafficking exists worldwide, Cambodia is a hub for some of the most inhumane brothels, enslaving girls as young as four years old.2
Trafficking exists in the US as well. Cases of slavery and human trafficking have been identified in over 90 US cities (www.FreetheSlaves.org), yet only 7 states Propelled by poverty and unemployment, trafficking is the second largest, fastest growing crime in the world, earning criminals as estimated $10 billion each year through the buying and selling of human beings.4
10% of the gross profits from each bracelet sold goes to anti-trafficking foundations in Cambodia and in the US, such as The Somaly Mam Foundation, Made By Survivors, and My Sisters’ Place
Join our fight. Use your Brave jewelry to educate the people in your life by beginning this conversation. Alone, we are just an idea. United, we become a movement, an unstoppable force for real change.
For more information, visit http://www.thebravecollection.com/.
May 25, 2012
Don Coen’s life journey to become an influential contemporary artist began at a very early age while growing up on his family farm in Lamar, Colorado. Raised without a television, the young Coen began at the early age of five designing and building his own toys and drawing by kerosene lamps at night around the kitchen table. From those quiet nights until the present, Don’s work has been inspired by his experience working the land with his family and several Latino families that lived and worked alongside Coen throughout his childhood and early adult years.
Don’s arduous life on the farm unveiled a deep love and connection to the surreal beauty of the eastern Colorado plains and to the people that worked the land. His ability to see this landscape in its entirety began and continues to result in powerful artworks that capture the landscape, people, and fauna that represent the American plains.
Throughout his career, Coen’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and recognized by many publications, awards and museums. His work is widely collected throughout the world and part of permanent collections of many prominent museums.
Much of his early work in the 1960’s and 1970’s, while living in Boulder, was both abstract, and non-objective. It was in the early 1980’s, when returning to his family farm that he decided to dedicate the next significant part of his life to capturing the spirit of his homelands. He began photographing and painting oversize images in a bold and unprecedented manner, illuminating this visually beautiful and economically vital part of our nation’s production landscape.
“The Lamar Series” is a visual chronicle of everyday life within these rural American landscapes. A powerful statement of universal realization and intense reverence for life is created by Coen’s telling of the forgotten beauty and reality of farm life through fifteen oversized canvases.
The harmony of the agricultural fields, plains, grain feeders and livestock are unveiled by exposing the complex, often overlooked, dualities that exist everyday on the rural American farm. Coen’s large-scale paintings are surreal with a remarkably soft focus when viewed at close proximity but become riveting with life when viewed from a distance. “The Lamar Series” was embraced by the art community, traveling to multiple museums throughout the Midwest by the Mid-America Arts Alliance and purchased for permanent and private collections throughout the world.
Coen’s works continues to evolve and elevate our collective consciousness about our modern agricultural traditions. As an extensive and poignantly timely evolution from “The Lamar Series” and “Images of Contemporary Rural America”, Coen has begun documenting the American migrant worker. These workers are responsible for supplying much of the produce found in our supermarkets, co-ops and restaurants, yet there exists very little connection between the consumer and these vibrant people who work and harvest by hand. Coen traveled extensively throughout the nation, meeting, photographing and ultimately painting the migrant culture and the landscapes they work in. This new riveting series of large-scale canvases captures the lives and spirit of America’s contemporary migrant workers and can only truly be experienced in person.
Coen’s goal with the “Migrant Series” is to raise the consciousness of America to this very overlooked yet vital part of our society and to give the migrant workers an identity and voice through his paintings. Like “The Lamar Series”, this new work portrays the dualities of the spirits and worlds we often drive by or do not care to notice or research. Exposing the spirit of America’s migratory labor and the human spirit, Coen’s work inspires us to take notice, to respond and to care about these incredible people, their lives and contributions to our society.
The potential and power of the series is difficult to conceive considering the political climate we live in. The time to introduce this work on a large scale is now. Coen is working with several museums planning an initial museum exhibition followed by a national and international tour.
May 13, 2012
shawn huckins by leanne haase goebel May 2012 BF's Comment: Laughing My Ass Off2012Acrylic + pencil on canvas29" x 23 3/4"Photo: courtesy the artistShawn Huckins is a big fan of Ed Ruscha. In fact, a reproduction of Ruscha's well-known Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas hangs in the loft living room of the Denver apartment Huckins shares with his partner, Matt. From his spare bedroom studio, Huckins procures his prized possession, an autographed copy of Ruscha's book "Leave Any Information at the Signal," which he received from the artist in 2009. It's inscribed: "Thank you for your kind letter. Best wishes, Ed Ruscha." The book and note arrived in response to a fan letter Huckins wrote to Ruscha. "I read the book back to front and front to back," Huckins says. "He's a big inspiration to my work. It's very evident with the white lettering superimposed on the canvases."Huckins is 27, just five years graduated from Keene State College in New Hampshire with a BA in Studio Art. Prior to moving to Denver in January 2012, he worked as an architectural model fabricator and painter for a firm in New Haven, Connecticut. His paintings have already appeared at Aqua Art Miami and in New American Paintings. This June, he will make his West Coast debut in simultaneous two-person shows at L2kontemporary in Los Angeles, and Cain Schulte gallery in San Francisco. But his current 18th-Century-meets-Pop style came about as the result of a happy accident.Huckins created his first painting in third grade, of a barn with rolling hills, which he copied from a book, using an oil painting kit that he inherited when his grandmother passed away. In fourth grade he became fascinated with Colonial America: the Redcoats, the Freedom Trail, the formal portraits at the New Hampshire state capital. "I guess I'm a traditional kind of guy. I like baking a pie from scratch. Technology is awesome but sometimes it can be frustrating and overwhelming. Their way of life seems more simple, elegant and intelligent," he adds, somewhat nostalgic for an earlier time. Huckins' first explorations as a fine artist featured vivid color palettes, stark scenes of storefronts and cars, realistically rendered. They are more Wayne Thiebaud meets Edward Hopper meets Robert Bechtel. He didn't begin painting 18th-Century style portraits until two years ago. Truth was, Huckins didn't know how."I never took figure classes and was never taught to make flesh tones," Huckins admits. His cousin made fun of him and Huckins determined to prove him wrong. So he taught himself portraiture by copying his favorite paintings by John Singleton Copley, the artist who defined the realist art tradition in America. "I'm very technical and detailed with my paintings, and how things are composed," Huckins says. "I have the same style as he [Copley] does."He would paint, then toss the work aside and keep practicing. One day, a portrait he tossed on the floor slid under a piece of tracing paper in which he had written LOL, the texting acronym for Laugh Out Loud. It caught his eye, and he realized that the juxtaposition was arresting. His first major work in this style, GW's Comment: Rolling on the Floor Laughing, is based on a copy of Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington, with large, white lettering across his face: ROFL. "I really liked the composition and the contrast between our technology acronyms versus the 18th-century civility." He utilizes actual Twitter and Facebook updates, randomly copying them and matching them to imagery. His subjects range from the famous, such as Benjamin Franklin, with the letters LMAO, short for Laughing My Ass Off, to the obscure, like Mrs. Ezekiel Goldthwait, who is partially obscured by the acronym for Laughing Quietly To Myself. "I think they're funny. You're not supposed to know what some of it means. It's like a code you have to figure out. It's a new language."Huckins' paintings merge traditional American portraiture with Pop Art and of-the-moment language and symbols from today's digital communications in a way that is fresh, original, and visually striking. One suspects it could even make Ed Ruscha an admirer of Shawn Huckins.
*View the original article at the following link: http://www.artltdmag.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1336667786&arch...
April 26, 2012
Be sure to check out our feature in the Spring 2012 edition of Luxe Magazine as soon as your receive your newest issue. We are honored to be featured in the Editor's Picks ShopTalk section. It is always a great read, so pick up a copy of it the next time you see it! Trust us, all of the gorgeous homes and style ideas will inspire you!
April 24, 2012
Jim Pittman just brought in "Moab Windows" this afternoon, with wet canvas edges and all. We always love getting new work in by Jim Pittman, because he is such a talented artist and wonderful person. Stop in to view this stunning 48 x 48" acrylic on canvas before someone falls in love with it as much as we already have and takes it home!
Also, if you are down in Denver in the upcoming weeks, stop by the Denver Art Museum to view another piece by Jim Pittman. "Marble Canyon" is currently on exhibit at the Denver Art Museum until July of 2012.
April 7, 2012
Art + Soul Gallery invites you to recycle your unwanted white gold, yellow gold, and platinum with Jeff Feero for credit towards any new piece by Alex Sepkus.
Saturday, April 14th 11-6pm, Sunday, April 15th, 11-5pm.
Haven’t worn that high school ring in 20 years? Have a tangled web of Grandma’s gold chains taking up space? Single earring without a mate? We present you with a unique opportunity to recycle your unwanted jewelry for a beautiful new piece by award winning designer, Alex Sepkus.
Next weekend, during our April 2012 Trunk Show, Jeff Feero from Alex’s studio will be accepting all forms of platinum, yellow gold and white gold. Based on the fair market value of the metal as well as the karat and object weight of the item, he will exchange your unwanted items for an equal credit amount towards any piece in Alex’s line.
The metal reclaimed from items that are brought in will be recycled into future designs. Ninety percent of the metal used by Alex comes from jewelry or electronics that have been scrapped many times over, refined and then re-fashioned into the designer’s unique work.
Born in Lithuania, Alex’s work creates a world of intricate design and precise craftsmanship that is truly unusual and immediately recognizable. His 18k and Platinum jewelry set with hand-selected specialty gemstones from around the world are coveted masterpieces and highly collectable.
Our Alex Sepkus Trunk Show will feature Alex’s exquisite 2012 collection including new designs, bridal, and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Gold Goes Green will be held at Art + Soul on Saturday, April 14th from 11-6pm and Sunday, April 15th from 11am-5pm. Jewelry exchange will be available during trunk show hours only.
Please call (303)-544-5803 for more information.
We look forward to seeing you next weekend!
Debbie, Laura J, Laura B, Audrey, Carole, Beth and Winston
March 15, 2012
Please help us by going to our nominations page at the link below and commenting on the gallery to show your support for Art + Soul.
We are excited to be nominated for this award that honors individuals and businesses who make a significant contribution to our local community and "help define what makes Boulder County so vibrant and unique".
March 7, 2012
We are very excited to introduce Adel Chefridi's 18k Gold Line to his already amazing collection of silver jewelry.
The silver collection was so popular this holiday season, that we have decided to expand our selection to include his designs in 18k gold with diamonds, sapphires, rubys and tsavorite garnets. The work is beautiful, wearable, spiritual, and very unique. We hope you will stop in and take a look at his wonderful work.
February 7, 2012
Lisa Jenks Trunk Show
Due to the recent statements made by Susan G Koman For The Cure regarding their relationship with Planned Parenthood, we have decided to modify our event.
When you purchase a trunk show piece from our exclusive pink pearl collection, you will have the option to have your portion of the proceeds go to either Susan Koman or Planned Parenthood. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you this weekend.
February 1, 2012
It's that time of year again to find the perfect gift for your loved ones for Valentine's Day. We just got in new styles of pendants and earrings by New York based designer Adel Chefridi . This flower pendant with a pink sapphire set in sterling silver would make the perfect gift for that special someone. We also have many other new styles of earrings, pendants, and bracelets from our other jewelry designers, as well. We will gladly assist you in finding the right gifts for those you love for Valentine's Day!
January 4, 2012
All of us at Art + Soul want to send you our best wishes for 2012. We also wanted to share with you a list of our favorite five new jewelry designers under $500. Perfect for all of you who want to stay fashion and price conscious in the new year. A sample of our collection from each desinger can be found under their name under "Jewelry" at the top of our website.
1. Adel Chefridi
2. Paul Morelli
3. Calleen Cordero
4. Carolina Bucci Red Edition
5. Tulah Jems
Also, we wanted to thank you for your continued support in 2011. We look forward to another great year assisting you with your fine art and jewelry desires in 2012. Happy new year!
December 3, 2011
Happy Holidays! We're excited to announce the arrival of our new line of Meditation Bells by Paul Morelli. It is a stunning silver collection of bells, chains with bells, and simple chains, and earrings. Create your own look by selecting which bells you prefer for a truly unique necklace. The earrings are a great addition to any jewelry collection as well. Each piece of jewelry in the entire line would make the perfect gift for the holidays!
October 25, 2011
But there is still time to stop in and see the remaining guardians!
Yet another Soppeland Show success! We are excited to report that nine Mark Soppeland lighted guardian sculptures took a flight to their new home before even staying a week in the gallery. We had a delightful reception with the artist, Mark Soppeland himself, on Friday night and enjoyed seeing everyone who came in to admire his incredible sculptures. Thank you to Mark for letting us put on a reception for his work as well as all of you that came in to visit the marvelous guardians. We still have several Mark Soppeland scultpures in our viewing room and displayed in our front window for any of you that didn't make it in to see his work over the weekend. We look forward to seeing you to view his work which will be on display until November 19th, 2001.
October 12, 2011
Check out this amazing article on our newest designer, Shaun Leane.
The feature includes details on platinum "glove" encrusted with 5000 pave set diamonds that he made for Daphne Guinness and on his collaborations with the late Alexander McQueen.
We are excited to be working with such a creative and inspired new talent! Please visit Shaun's page in our Jewelry section to see work from his silver collections.
October 1, 2011
Sign up for your very own Wish List! We will automatically enter you in a drawing to win a $500 Gift Certificate to Art+Soul when you sign up for a Wish List during October and November.
Create a Wish List and add the pieces you'd love to add to your collection! There is no easier way to drop a hint than by sending your Wish List through email to those that are dear to you. You can also add items to your Wish List as a reference for yourself. Also, others can come into the gallery and inquire about items that are on your Wish Lists for special occassions, big birthdays, and wedding registries.
Just think of all the fun you will have adding the items you love to your Wish List! If you're the lucky winner of the $500 Gift Certificate, you can treat yourself to something special off your Wish List!
September 26, 2011
We are so excited to now be carrying the work of designer, Calleen Cordero! We have been coveting her shoes for years and were so excited when she branched in to other wearble accessories. Her sexy cuffs are made of leather and embelished with brass, Nickle and assorted stones. Come on in and see our new favorite fashion statements for fall!
July 22, 2011
From July BCBR 22nd, 2011:
"12 women were selected from a group of 46 nominations. The editorial staff of the Boulder County Business Report made the final selections.
Remarkable Woman in the Arts and Culture Category: Deborah Klein
Deborah Klein opened Art & Soul Gallery on East Pearl Street in Boulder in 2000.
During the past 10 years, Art & Soul has contributed to Boulder not only through the arts and business, but also as a key contributor to nonprofits’ events and causes including Boulder County AIDS Project, Women’s Health and The Boulder County Safehouse. Art & Soul signature events have included A Day without Art, First Friday Art Shows and monthly jewelry trunk shows introducing award-winning art designers to the Boulder community.
Debbie combined her extensive customer service and gallery management experience with her love of fun and funky things, for an entrepreneurial endeavor that reflects her own style and expertise.
Art & Soul survived the recession and continues to grow through the sale of fine art and designer jewelry. Art & Soul supports local and national emerging artists and has become a locale for interesting designer jewelry."
June 27, 2011
But you knew that already, right! Winston's photo is bigger than Deb's!
See the on line article here: