Copper jewelry and leather bags are the center of October Guild show

Necklace by Toos Roozen-Evans (Image provided)

SARANAC LAKE – “Compositions,” an exhibit of copper jewelry and handmade leather bags by Toos Roozen-Evans, will be the featured show in October at the Adirondack Artists Guild.

Roozen-Evans arrived in the New Mexico desert from the Netherlands in 1971. It is there she found inspiration for her jewelry in the Native American culture. Working mostly in copper, in her latest line she has incorporated silver next to turquoise, coral, African trade beads and handmade Fimo clay beads, to create the organic looking pieces one has come to expect from Tulip Design. She shapes and solders all her copper and silver beads by hand, which adds to the artisanal look.

She has been doing leatherwork all her adult life from upholstery and clothing to bags.

In her latest line of hand stitched bags, she found inspiration in the Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan, known mostly for his “Stijl” period canvases featuring sparse compositions in primary colors. Mondriaan’s aesthetic is evident in the handbags’ color play and efficient detail.

An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served.

The show runs through Oct 29.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of regional artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The gallery is located at 52 Main St.