Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill Takes Wire Wrapped Stones, Sea Glass, And Gems To A Higher Level

When you look at Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill‘s wire wrapped jewelry necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you wonder how her fingers make the wires into such intricate motifs! For the month of December, she will be one of the featured artists in the Palm Room in StuartLaura Kay also fabricates jewelry using silver clay, offering unique, one-of-a-kind pendants and earrings.  Stop by and meet Laura Kay and watch her as she creates on Thursday, December 19; Friday, December 20; and Friday, January 3.  Much of her work is influenced by her passion for the ocean.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Laura Kay’s jewelry – and reminds you that gift-giving is the perfect time to choose from her selection!  She also hosts jewelry parties!

 

 

 

 

​J e w e l r y     By    W h i t i c a r

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

MEET     THE     ARTIST:

Thursday, December 19:    

3:30 – 7 pm

 

Friday, December 20:

Noon – 3:30 pm

 

 Friday, January 3:

 3:30 – 7 pm

 

 

 

Regular Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays

Noon to 7 pm

Through the month of December

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Laura Kay tells The Rickie Report, “My jewelry artist journey started about ten years ago on a cruise ship.  Some friends on the cruise talked me into going to a jewelry class even though I was completely uninterested. I went with the group, and was convinced I would not enjoy it. We made a simple pair of earrings and, amazingly, I was “hooked”.  I came home and immediately started taking classes , including the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts”.

 

 

“Combining several media often creates interesting results.  I enjoy the challenge of working with silver clay, forming and soldering silver sheet, and wire wrap along with the objects such as gemstones”. 

 

 

 

Wire Wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:   Please tell us about the variety of elements you use in creating your one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  

LKWD:

There is a variety of processes that can be incorporated into making jewelry.  After participating in quite a few classes in various methods, I came to the conclusion that two of the areas especially captured my interest:  wire wrapping and silver metal clay.

Wire wrapping jewelry is made using no solder, heat or glue.  The design of the wire is incorporated into the jewelry and can be the focal point of the piece.  Wire wrapped jewelry allows me to incorporate a variety of objects such as beads, pearls, gemstones, coins, crystals, beach coral, shells, sea glass, and fused glass into jewelry.  I really enjoy custom orders, and my favorite custom orders are those in which I incorporate meaningful objects into jewelry especially for someone.  These have included a small meteorite, sea glass found on a special beach, and a 25th anniversary commemorative coin.  Unless I have a specific request for another type of wire, I use sterling silver or gold filled wire for the wire wrapped jewelry.

 

Silver Clay pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Silver clay is formed from very tiny particles of pure silver along with some liquid and filler. The clay must be formed and shaped within about 10 minutes as it hardens quickly as it air dries.  When it is fully dry, it is hard (similar to pottery) and can be refined and embellished.  It is then baked in a kiln at 1650 degrees for about two hours.  After cooling, it can be polished and finished with patina (if desired). The result is a pure silver piece that is about 85% of the original size.  

 

My favorite type of jewelry using silver clay is my menagerie of animals, especially sea creatures which I have made.  This collection includes Bill the Pelican, Oscar the Octopus, and, my newest, Fiona the Flamingo.

 

 

 

 

Unique wire wrapped pendant by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:  Each piece of your jewelry seems to tell a story!

LKWD:

 

I have two main objectives in my jewelry making.  First, I enjoy creating and implementing new designs!!  The potential is limitless!!  Secondly, it is always a pleasure when people come up and tell me how much they enjoy wearing my jewelry.  Sometimes they seek me out at an event to show me they are wearing some of “my” jewelry.  Frequently they will explain how they have specific outfits they wear or occasions they attend wearing my jewelry.  If they feel special, then I do also!   I am really having so much fun learning new skills and creating jewelry!!

 

I really enjoy making custom jewelry.  I have gemstones, cabochons, coral, sea glass, and beads available for use in jewelry.  If you wish to come to the studio and pick out objects to be used for a custom piece, please contact me.  In addition, I make custom pieces using your items.  If you have a memento or treasure that has been sitting in a drawer or on a shelf, consider having it turned into “wearable art.”  The possibilities are endless: maybe you have a cherished stone, sea glass, or shell from the beach, or a coin from another country, beads from a special bracelet, or even a ceramic piece from a broken bowl that could be used as a pendant or incorporated into a bracelet or earrings.  Almost anything that is a reasonable size can be used in your special piece of jewelry. 

 

 

My jewelry incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for me. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of my work is influenced by a passion for the ocean. 

 

 

 

Wire wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvil include fused glass, semi-precious stones, sea glass and coral.

 

 

TRR:  You are a creative role model for people who think they can’t create!

LKWD:

I began creating jewelry ten years ago.  I have attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes for eight years, plus several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, as well as participated in several national workshops and convention. I’m a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  I’m also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.  My father, Curt Whiticar, was an oil painter and a boat builder.  His influence included the importance of hard work and perseverance, creativity in art, and enjoyment of nature.  He was very interested in art and enjoyed making suggestions to me regarding my work.  While my children were growing up, I had a career as a mathematics teacher.  After retirement, I learned sign language and enjoyed traveling (especially if it included a boat or ship.)

 

 

TRR:  To learn more about and from Laura Kay, we urge our readers to sign up for her newsletter.  She takes us to places we’ve never been and gives us insight!

LKWD:

 

 

Newsletter:  Whiticar Waves

The newsletter is sent out about every three weeks.It features some interesting ideas and facts that applies to the type of jewelry I make, especially focusing on recent new discoveries and processes.In addition, I post information regarding other art opportunities in the area.  To receive the newsletter,  just request and send your email address and name to jewelrybywhiticar@gmail.com or request in person.

 

 

 

 

Website:

My website is jewelrybywhiticar.com   My website features my jewelry, however I do not sell on the website.  You are welcome to contact me if you wish more information about the jewelry.  

 

My jewelry is available at:

Geoffrey Smith Gallery in downtown Stuart

Geoffrey Smith Studio in Port Salerno

The Emporium at the Elliott Museum on Hutchison Island in Stuart

The Palm Room at Harbor Bay Plaza (for December)

My Studio – by appointment only (contact me)

 

Jewelry Parties:  

Host a fun afternoon or evening with family or friends.  I can either set up a jewelry party in your location or mine.  If you sent host at your location, you will provide drinks and refreshments.  If I host in my studio location, I will provide drinks and light refreshments.  I have several games (jewelry related) and/or the attendees may just wish to mingle and socialize.  I will make a formal presentation of my jewelry if requested, and I will have jewelry for sale.  The hostess will receive a gift of a bracelet, pendant, or earrings of her choice in addition to a percentage of the sales credit towards other jewelry.   

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Ten Jewelry Designers Show And Sell Jewelry, Pearls, Crystals, Bling! At Artisans On The Ave Friday, January 25. Event Is Free And Open To The Public

Pearls, and crystals, and BLING take over Artisans On The Ave in downtown Lake Worth on Friday, January 25.  Meet the ten jewelry designers and enjoy free refreshments as you browse one-of-a-kind baubles made from metal, glass, beads, gemstones, silk, paper, rubber, beach glass, found objects, and an unlimited imagination!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!  

 

 

 

 

 

630 Lake Avenue   Lake Worth, FL  33460

561-762-8162      theartisansontheave.com

Hours:  

Monday – Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM

Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM

 

 

 

Artisans on the Ave Gallery Presents:

Jewelry that Rocks!

Opening Reception:

Friday, January 25

 6:00-9:00 pm

Free and open to the public; refreshments served

 

 

 

Pearls and crystals and bling, oh my! On Friday, January 25th, the jewelry designers at Artisans on the Ave invite you to get your sparkle on.

From 6:00 to 9:00 pm there will be lots of artists along with free refreshments and the reception is open to the public.

The gallery will feature over ten local artists who continually amaze us with their one-of-a-kind adornments.

Artisans on the Ave’s jewelry designers create wearable art using metal, glass, gemstones, beads, silk, rubber, paper, beach glass, found objects and more.

Each piece makes a statement, so if it’s compliments you are seeking, this is the place to shop!

Whether your style is traditional, bohemian or anything in between, you are sure to find some bauble that speaks to you. So follow the road – no, it’s not yellow brick – over to Artisans on the Ave gallery in downtown Lake Worth and meet the talented artists. You can score some bling (sorry, no ruby slippers here) that will prove you’re surely not in Kansas anymore!

For more information about this event or joining the gallery:

Artisans on the Ave

630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL 33460

561-762-8162

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Christmas In July Summer Celebration At Original Elements Art & Gift Gallery On Saturday, July 28th

Enjoy the “Christmas in July Summer Celebration” at Original Elements Art & Gift Gallery in Tequesta.  Join in the fun, live entertainment, complimentary lite bites, an artist holiday decorating competition and a painting class on Saturday, July 28th.  Take advantage of this free event.  Meet over 50 artists and sign up for a class with Deborah Elaine, an accomplished pouring/watercolor artist. The Rickie Report shares the details about the event, how to sign up for her class, and some sneak peeks!  This is a local, eclectic gallery worth visiting!

 

 

 

387 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL

561.575.1002       originalelementsart@gmail.com

Please Join Us!

Christmas  in  July  Summer  Celebration

at

Original  Elements  Art  &  Gift  Gallery!

Saturday, July 28th

10 am – 5 pm

387 Tequesta Drive  Tequesta, FL

561.575.1002  

originalelementsart@gmail.com

 

Artwork by Deborah Elaine

 

Deborah Elaine, one of our accomplished pouring/watercolor artists will host a painting class.

Plus you can see all her beautiful watercolors on display for sale.

Call the gallery at 561-575-1002 for details and to sign up for the painting class.

 

Jewelry by Dee Hartman

 

 

One of Original Elements newest Jewelry artists is Dee Hartman from “ The Jewel of the Isle”. Dee will be here to present her newest sea glass jewelry collection. Her designs feature authentic, genuine sea glass, hand-picked right here from our treasure coast beaches. Dee’s jewelry is a treasure to cherish!

 

 

“Star Fish” by Gary Hartman

 

Gary Hartman, artist, designer, painter and photographer will be on hand painting during the event. Gary is a local treasure coast artist who enjoys painting landscapes and seascapes. Currently his work is focused on Florida sea and beach creatures. His art style is realistic yet whimsical and vibrant with color. What he will be painting for us?

 

 

Original Elements is a unique Art and Gift Gallery showcasing over 50 talented and new artisans from the local area. Works of art include: Original Oil & Acrylic Paintings, Creative Mixed Media Art, Watercolor Paintings, Framed and Matted Fine art Prints, Framed Photographs, Seaside and Tropical Art, Handcrafted Jewelry, Batik and Hand-made Decorated Clothing, Hand Painted Ladies Purses, Fashion Accessories, Home Decor & Accessories, Ceramic Sculptures, Pottery, Painted Ornaments and Artist Greeting Cards. This is a local eclectic gallery worth visiting. Plus, many other unique handmade art pieces and gifts.

ART makes the perfect gift for anyone.

Come visit Original Elements today and see for yourself how new art can inspire your life!

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event, the artists in the gallery, or how to join the gallery:

Original Elements

387 Tequesta Dr.      Tequesta, FL 33469

 561-575-1002

originalelementsart@gmail.com

Original Elements on Facebook

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Ebba TinWin’s SOLO Exhibit At Casper’s On Park Promises Vibrant Colors

Ebba TinWin grew up by the wind and waves of the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany. Before coming to the United States, she spent seven years in her husband’s native country of Burma (now Myanmar) in Asia. Some of Ebba’s whimsical collages were inspired by the vibrant colors of the Orient.  The Rickie Report shares the details of her SOLO Exhibition at Casper’s on Park, a delightful spot for lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch.  The Reception on June 14th is Open for the Public to enjoy Ebba’s art and Chef Giuseppe’s refreshments. The Exhibit runs from June 9th to July 5th.  Please note the venue is CLOSED on MONDAYS.

 

 

Ebba TinWin

SOLO Exhibition:

“Dawn to Dusk”

Casper’s On Park

Opening Reception:

Sunday, June 14th   5 – 7 pm

 

 

 

850 Park Avenue    Lake Park, FL  33403

561-791-6179

 

Hours:

Sunday  11 am – 4 pm

Tuesday – Saturday  11 am – 9 pm

ebbatinwinapbcDawntoDusk

 

 

Ebba TinWin holds a master’s degree in education, but her passion has always been art. While living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, she managed an Art Gallery in Cape Charles and also taught the art of collage.

 

"Bay Treasures" by Ebba TinWIn

“Bay Treasures” by Ebba TinWIn

 

 

Ebba has earned critical praise and awards for her expressionist paintings and collages. Her work is treasured by art collectors in Europe, Asia, Canada, and in the United States. In her current exhibition, “Dawn to Dusk,” Ebba manages to convey her love of coastal living.

 

"By The Creek" by Ebba TinWIn

“By The Creek” by Ebba TinWIn

 

In 2013, Ebba moved to Palm Beach County, Florida. Enchanted by the natural beauty of the Florida coast, Ebba continues to pursue her artistic endeavors. Her sea glass jewelry is on display at Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth. Ebba’s paintings and collages can be seen at the Art on Park Gallery in Lake Park, home of Artists of Palm Beach County.

 

"Marsh At Dusk" by Ebba TinWin

“Marsh At Dusk” by Ebba TinWin

 

For more information about Ebba’s artistry, please contact her by email at:

ebbatinwin3004@comcast.net

or call: 561.249.0041

 

Artisans on The Ave

630 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth FL

artisansontheave.com

Artists of Palm Beach County/ Art on Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue   Lake Park, Fl

artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291