Photo caption: Necklace by Sherry Terao.

Photo caption: The 2015 Ladysmiths Art Jewelry spring show and sale at Arena Stage.

The Ladysmiths Art Jewelry group is holding its sixth annual spring show and sale with special guests the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild. The two-day, free event will take place on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Arena Stage (1101 Sixth St. SW, Washington, DC, 20024). It will showcase the work of more than 20 local jewelry and fiber artists in one convenient location.

Handmade items from renowned local artists from the Ladysmiths jewelers and the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild will be shown in the beautiful, relaxed setting of the Arena Stage lobby. The artists are happy to share their design inspirations and describe how their wearable art was made. Then stay at Arena for a show or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants around Waterfront Metro, one block away. This is a limited engagement, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to own or give original works of art.

The Ladysmiths, a group of dedicated female metalsmiths in the greater Washington, DC, area, began 10 years ago when a few friends got together to create a forum to support and encourage each other and female metal artists at various stages of their careers. Most recently they are focused on learning new techniques and creating new marketplaces for their work. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/ladysmithsjewelrycollective

The Potomac Fiber Arts Guild was started in 1944 as the Potomac Craftsmen Guild by a small group of people in the Washington, DC, area who liked to do handwork, especially weaving. With more than 70 years as a premier fiber arts guild, the group has grown to more than 300 members. Interests have built on and expanded beyond weaving to include a wide range of fiber art, including lace-making, spinning, quilting, dyeing, and stitching and surface design of all types. For more information, go to http://www.potomacfiberartsguild.org/guild/index.shtml

Work by members of the Ladysmiths and the Fiber Arts Guild are in national and international public and private collections, and several have won awards. Ellen Krieger’s metal bowl was a Jurors’ Choice Selection in the 2015 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition. A ring made out of silver and sea glass made by Bodil Lund won UncommonGoods’ January 2015 Jewelry Design Challenge. Sherry Terao won first place in Metals at the Creative Crafts Council’s 29th Biennial Exhibition. The artists also work closely with local art institutions. Fiber artist Eileen Doughty currently is working on a dollhouse room commission by the National Building Museum in conjuction with their upcoming exhibit “Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse.”

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