A gem of a show opens

November 18, 2000

A gem of a show opens

By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

The Washington County Arts Council had a reception Saturday night to unveil an exhibit of necklaces and jewelry hand-made by Frederick, Md., artist Beth Carey.

Carey said she makes hand-woven chains, many of which contain symbolic imagery and semi-precious gemstones. The necklaces on exhibit are made of gold, sterling silver or fine silver, she said.

More than 50 people attended Saturday's reception at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery, 41 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

On Dec. 10, Carey will give a lecture about her work and demonstrate how it is done. She said it is fun to watch the necklaces being made.

During the first hour of the two-hour reception, Carey sold two items: A $185 sterling silver and 4-karat yellow gold garnet and citrine bracelet and a $290 14-karat gold and citrine circle necklace.


The necklace was purchased by Charlotte Lee, of Frederick, a student in a class Carey teaches in Frederick. Lee said she likes the look and fit of the necklace.

Fanny Crawford, of Hagerstown, examined the exhibit while wearing a previously purchased necklace and earrings made by Carey.

"It is very organic with unusual shapes," Crawford said of the artworks' appeal.

Besides, she added, how often do you get to wear good art?

The Arts Council members wanted to exhibit Carey's work because of its quality, said Natoma Reed Vargason, the gallery director.

They like "the fact that it's original designs and custom-made," she said.

Carey grew up in Frederick County and developed an interest in metal work during high school, at which time she designed and fabricated her first piece of jewelry.

She later taught art for several years in public and private schools while working part-time as a jeweler. She left teaching to continue her work full-time. In 1980 she started her own business.

The exhibit will continue through Christmas. Call 301-791-3152 for more information.

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