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Adriana Ficarelli

Adriana Ficarelli

Adriana Ficarelli was born and raised in Brazil. She graduated with a focus on mathematics, marketing, and visual communication. She worked from 1973 until 1990 as set designer assistant and set decorator for television. When Adriana moved to the United States in 1991, she continued her passion in the visual arts, display, fashion clothing, and accessories for 18 years. Since 2011, Adriana has been active at the Armory Art Center in the Jewelry Department studying under various instructors, teaching, and participating in sales and exhibition opportunities.  
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Alicia Jane Boswell

Alicia Jane Boswell

Alicia Jane Boswell received her Masters of Fine Arts in metalsmithing/jewelry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a B.F.A. in functional design at Murray State University in Kentucky. She has attained positions of visiting professor, sabbatical replacement, adjunct faculty, studio assistant/technician, artist-in-residence, and visiting workshop instructor at arts/crafts education centers around the United States and internationally. In 2013 Boswell was also invited to assist and display work in a workshop at the Antonio Ratti Textile Center of the Metropolitan Museum of Art which coincided with the exhibition Gems of European Lace 1600-1920. She was invited by the Textile Support Organization in Pavia, Italy, to exhibit work, lecture, and teach a workshop on contemporary jewelry. She participated in SIERAAD Art Fair, an international jewelry fair in Amsterdam. Prior to her residency at the Armory she was teaching and working as a full time goldsmith in Louisville, KY.
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Ellen Levy

Ellen Levy is an art jeweler and has been knitting for over 60 years.  She as found combining both hobbies and avocations has been an absolute joy. She has been selling her jewelry at art jewelry boutiques and major art shows in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Austin, Texas and southern Florida for the past 15 years and presently sells locally at Whitespace and the Armory Art Center. Ellen Levy’s first career was as an environmental designer, designing sensory stimulation environments for multiply handicapped individuals. Her second career was capital goods sales for one of the two largest hospital equipment companies in the world. Her third career was as executive vicep of a clinical research company that performed research for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, from which she retired. Ellen returned to her love of design when she studied jewelry design at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Taos Institute of Art in Taos, New Mexico and from many Master Jewelry Artists throughout the United States. As a graduate student in design, Ellen was deeply influenced by the geometry, form and function of the architects and designers of the Bauhaus School.  As a jewelry artist she has transformed her love of form and function into a unique combination of style, form, texture, and color.        
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Gustavo Hoefs

Gustavo Hoefs

Gustavo Hoefs began his career in 1981 working as a hobbyist at his Lake Worth home. The desire to build jewelry and create something beautiful has always been a constant. In the beginning, he sought help from gallery owners and friends who were jewelers. Gustavo took classes at craft schools in Penland, NC, Atlanta, GA, and worked as a bench jeweler in Black Mountain, NC. Moving to Columbus, OH, he worked for jeweler and lapidary artist Mark Abbott. In 2005 Gustavo opened Beechwold custom jewelry, the only exclusively all custom bridal jewelry shop in Columbus OH.
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Laura Konecne

Laura Konecne

Laura Konecne is a mixed media artist who works primarily in wood, metal, and stone, but dabbles in other mediums when it is required. Her work has been shown at the Hawaii State Art Museum and the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House. She has received several acquisition awards from the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts and has work in both public and private collections.  Laura holds a BFA in sculpture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  
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Lisa M. Johnson

Lisa M. Johnson

Lisa Johnson is the Director of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL. After receiving her BFA from Miami University and an MFA from Indiana University in Jewelry Design, she was awarded as an Artist-In- Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. While passionately conducting workshops and exhibiting work nationally, she volunteers on the exhibitions planning committee for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Recent publications featuring her work include Metalsmith Magazine Exhibition in Print, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, 500 Necklaces, Humor in Craft, 500 Prints on Clay, and 500 Jewelry Designs. lisajohnsonstudio.com    
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Maria Tritico

Maria Tritico

Maria Tritico was born and raised outside of Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in Photography and Studio Art with an emphasis in Metals from Texas State University in 2012 and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters of Art in Art Therapy in 2015.  Maria works predominately in jewelry and sculpture using alternative stone setting techniques and multiples to create scale and volume within a single piece. Since 2008, Maria has exhibited in local and national art shows, and she has worked in art instruction in a variety of settings from children's summer camps to assisted living facilities.
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Wayne Werner

Wayne Werner is a third generation metalsmith from Baltimore. Specializing in cold forging precious metals, Werner has incorporated the traditional techniques of gold and platinum smithing with his artistic vision of paying homage to the fertility cults of the ancient world. Wayne has participated in over 250 high-end craft shows nationally and has received many awards for his work including the World Gold Council’s Gold Distinction Award and the JMSA Vision award for Mokume Gane. Werner is a former instructor at the Fuji Studio in Florence, Italy, and has taught over 100 workshops at universities and craft schools around the country.
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