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Meet the Artists of Kent Island Federation of Arts: Melissa Kay-Steves

Melissa Kay-Steves of Stevensville is a member of the Kent Island Federation of Art and was on the KIFA board from 2009- 2010. She has been making jewelry for about 15 years, mostly self-taught. She received some formal training in Annapolis and completed both level 1 and level 2 certification classes through the PMC Connection, a precious metal clay certification program. That’s when she realized she was hooked and had found her passion.

She continues to expand her skills, which most recently includes wire wrapping, fusing, enamel and cold connections. She says, “I have found that jewelry artists need to continually stay on top of the trends in jewelry if they want to succeed in the medium. It’s easy to fall prey to only doing what you know, but you won’t grow if you are not constantly challenged.”

Melissa’s jewelry ranges in price from $40-$300. Most of her works are nature-inspired and crafted in silver. She is very excited about her current Wings and Things Collection 2013. She uses actual insect wings, mostly butterflies, dragonflies and cicadas, and paints them with fine silver clay. After the application of multiple layers, the wings are fired in a kiln at 1290 degrees for 1-1/2 hours. At this temperature, the actual wings burn off, the metal fuses and she is left with the exact imprint of the wing. She calls it a second metamorphosis for those creatures. Some of her pieces will be on display at KIFA’s 1st Annual Jewelry Show, opening Thursday, September 5th with a reception from 5-8 pm.

In addition to being on display and for sale throughout the month of September at KIFA, Melissa’s hand-crafted jewelry is available at Blanco Flor in downtown Annapolis. She also brings her crafts to home trunk shows that have proven very successful and is planning a studio show in October. For more information about Melissa, to plan a trunk show or to view her different creations go to www.charmtreejewelry.com.

What Melissa loves most about KIFA is that they continually strive to bring art to the community and community to the arts. She says, “They have overcome some big hardships in the last few years yet continue to find ways to keep forging ahead. This latest show proves that they are not just focused on painting. They recognize that there are other art forms that should be recognized.”

Come celebrate KIFA’s 50th Anniversary with Melissa. View and purchase artistic works by 50 artists that will be auctioned at their Artasia Gala scheduled for November 9. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at KIFA, located at 405 Main Street in historic Stevensville. Call 410-643-7424 for additional information or visit www.KIFA.US. Posters commemorating their 50th year and featuring the art of nine artists can be purchased for $5. Don’t forget to purchase a $50 raffle ticket for a chance to win a boat from their partner Annapolis Boat Sales. The winner of the boat raffle will be announced at the Gala.

KIFA is the benefactor of this year’s Shore Update Good, Better, Best celebration at The Jetty on Thursday, September 12. This year’s event, sponsored by The Jetty, Bud Light & Kelly Distributors, offers free admission, light hors d’oeuvres, happy hour prices until 8pm and a celebratory cake courtesy of Fields of Heather Bakery. The event also features a shrimp boil for $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Visit wordpress-547-1846-2922.cloudwaysapps.com for more information or to buy tickets.

 

Meet the Artists of Kent Island Federation of Arts: Judy Wolgast

Judy Wolgas (235 x 295)Judy Wolgast, an artist with the Kent Island Federation of Arts, began her printmaking career after attending a class at Maryland Hall in Annapolis in 1991. She initially created landscape etchings of historical architecture and sites around Annapolis. After moving to the Eastern Shore, Judy turned to the natural landscapes that surround our area focusing on the creeks, marshes and water trails.

Judy produces her prints using zinc plates through a method called Intaglio. She can make 50 prints from each plate, and each print can take anywhere from one week to two months to create. In the near future Judy plans on switching to copper plates to become more eco-friendly, even though it will take ten times longer to produce a work of art.

Judy participates in many KIFA shows including the Members Challenge, the Members Judged and the Print Making Show. Judy also displays her work at the Eastport Gallery and with the Anne Arundel County Community College Print Making Club. She will be featured in an exhibit opening August 21st at Quiet Water’s Park. Judy also has commissioned prints on display in the Governor’s Office.

In addition to Intaglio printing, Judy dabbles in watercolor. Judy also helps women in Guatemala develop textile products to bring back to the US through a world fair trade organization called Cojolya, with whom she has been working for more than five years. For more information on Coyolya, go to www.cojolya.org.

Come celebrate KIFA’s 50th Anniversary with Judy. She is one of 50 artists whose work will be up for auction at the Artasia Gala scheduled for November 9, 2013. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at KIFA, located at 405 Main Street in historic Stevensville. For more information, call 410-643-7424 or visit www.KIFA.US. Posters commemorating KIFA’s 50th year and featuring the art of nine artists can also be purchased for $5. Don’t forget to purchase a $50 raffle ticket and a chance to win a boat from their partner Annapolis Boat Sales. The winner of the boat raffle will be announced at the Gala.

KIFA is the benefactor of this year’s Shore Update Good, Better, Best celebration at The Jetty on Thursday, September 12. This year’s event, sponsored by The Jetty Bud Light & Kelly Distributors, offers free admission, light hors d’oeuvres, happy hour prices until 8pm and a celebratory cake courtesy of Fields of Heather Bakery. The event will feature a shrimp boil for $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Visit wordpress-547-1846-2922.cloudwaysapps.com for more information, to buy tickets and to vote for your local favorites. All entries will be entered to win five VIP tickets to the event. HURRY… the deadline for voting is August 23rd.

Meet the Artist

On Saturday, December 1st, from 11 am to 12 pm, the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council invites the public to meet photographer James L. Amos and learn the stories behind the images. The exhibit, “Images, Imagination” highlights the work of this former “National Geographic” magazine photographer and that of jewelry designer Wendy Gordon.

Amos will answer questions and share the behind the scenes accounts of some of his most compelling works. Find out the stories behind these intriguing photographs with a first-hand account of these memorable moments, explaining some of the methods he used to create his provocative images. The event is free of charge, but RSVPs must be received before Nov. 27th. For more information, email exhibit@arts4u.info or call 410-758-2520. The Centre is located at 206 S. Commerce Street in Centreville, Maryland. www.arts4u.info

Amos is an award winning artist whose images can capture the imagination or provide rare insights into human interactions and those of the natural world. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he began working as a professional photographer in the 1960s, leaving a position at Eastman Kodak for the full-time pursuit of making pictures. As a regular contributor to the National Geographic Society, he was twice named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. His work has also gained him awards from the White House News Photographers Association. One of Amos’ images was recently selected for an international stamp to be released by the United States Postal Service this year.