Two Armory Jewelry Teachers Show Norton Docents how to Make Calderesque Jewelry

Two Armory Jewelry Teachers
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Lou Ann Berkley and Sue Nessel teach Jewelry Workshop to Decents

The Norton Museum of Art is presenting the first exhibition devoted exclusively to Alexander Calder’s unique body of jewelry work from February 23, 2008, through June 15, 2008. Calder Jewelry shows how the artist’s jewelry has the same dynamic and dimensional aspects as his celebrated mobiles.

Lou Ann Berkley and Susan Nessel, two artists that teach jewelry at The Armory Art Center are showing the Norton docents what it would be like to work with wire, similar to the way Calder created his jewelry. Their demonstration is Thursday, March 6the at 12:00 pm.

Lou Ann Berkley holds a Master’s degree in art education from Southern Connecticut State College and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design with additional study at the Jewelry Institute of Providence, the Omanit Jewelry Design School in Jaffa, Israel and the Stewart's International School for Jewelry.

Susan Nessel, a professional metalsmith for eighteen years, began her art career as a graphic designer in Washington, DC where she had a successful business in poster art. The need to work with her hands and her love of metals led her to the design and fabrication of jewelry. Susan has received degrees from Lynchburg College and American University with studies in metals in China, Russia, Germany and France. Much of her work is commissioned by individual clients. It is also shown in private collections of executives at Archer Daniels Midland and General Electric. She has sold her work in galleries and stores, including Nordstrom’s, throughout the country. Her designs have been represented in professional magazines and books including Metalsmith magazine and Wire in Design by Barbara McGuire.

Both currently teach classes at The Armory.


The Armory Art Center is a not-for-profit community-based visual arts center providing opportunities for individual growth, self-expression, increased awareness and appreciation of the arts through participation in studio, exhibition, lecture and other educational programs. The Center seeks to educate, enrich and engage a diverse population through the "experience of art," and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. For more information on the Armory Art Center and call 561.832.1776 ext. 21 or visit the Armory’s website at



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