Asher Gallery Spring Trunk Show:
Tom Irven & Anita Barnes

Posted April 24, 2012 in Blog

Earrings by Anita Barnes. Photo courtesy the artist.

From Suzanne Sippel, Asher Gallery Retail Manager:

Putting together a trunk show is unlike any of my regular tasks in the Asher Gallery. It’s not about choosing one person, but finding two artists working in different media that complement each other. It’s important that their work not compete with each other. Ideally, their two sets of clients will merge, bringing new audiences and attracting new collectors for everyone.

Keeping this in mind, I was drawn to the pairing of jeweler Anita Barnes and woodturner Tom Irven. The visual weight of their work, regardless of material, is very light, almost airy. Upon closer examination, one can see similar graphic qualities, such as twists, loops and curves. Though their individual styles are very different – a turned acorn box versus amethyst and gold-fill wire earrings – their shared sensibilities work well together.

Former HCCC resident artist, Tom Irven, is known for his innate sense of balance and form . He explains, “The inspiration for my designs comes from nature, dreams and life experiences.” Expressed in objects from mobiles to sculptures and from finial boxes to acorns, Tom’s work does not scream out to be seen, but rather converses with the viewer.

You’ll see this same interaction in the delicate, sparkling jewelry of Anita Barnes. The beauty of these pieces arises in concert with the wearer. Inspired by the light and color of the Caribbean islands, it’s easy to picture yourself thus adorned, strolling on a tropical night.

Thomas Irven, Threaded Acorn Box. Cocobolo, maple, Corian. Photo by Jack Zilker.

In the end, it was the shared relationship with the viewer that drew me to this paring of Tom Irven and Anita Barnes. Both are very happy to discuss their work and answer questions, so don’t miss this opportunity to view a large selection of new work and meet the artists!

Asher GallerySpring Trunk Show
Opening Reception & Preview:
Thursday, April 26, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Trunk Show:
Saturday, April 28, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM