For the third consecutive year, the Norton Museum of Art is presenting BIJOUX!, acontemporary art jewelry fundraiser, offering the public the chance to purchase unique contemporary art jewelry pieces directly from their creators. At least two dozen of the more than 40 international artists represented at BIJOUX! are expected to attend the event, which is open to the public during regular Museum hours (with regular admission) Feb. 27 – March 2, 2014. BIJOUX! also includes a 6 p.m. Feb. 26, separately ticketed, preview cocktail party at the Museum. Proceeds from BIJOUX! benefit the Norton’s exhibition and education programs.
With the goal of “introducing the community to the best of the international art jewelry world,” BIJOUX! Chair Donna Schneier once again visited one of the world’s preeminent art jewelry fairs held annually in Munich, Germany, and traveled Europe researching and reviewing the work of the continent’s leading art jewelers. The result, Schneier says, “is an assembly of prominent artists from around the world, who are bringing their work to the Norton. It’s a rare opportunity to meet leading art jewelers and buy the work directly from them.”
The artists, from a dozen countries including Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Israel, as well as the U.S., work in gold, silver, porcelain, beads, acrylic, glass, iron, steel, diamonds, and other materials. Their designs range from conservative to avant-garde. “I tried to choose artists who would show well here,” Schneier said, adding that BIJOUX! is as much about education as sales.
Notables from the art jewelry world who will be represented at BIJOUX! include Nirit Dekel, Tzuri Gueta, and Kiff Slemmons.
Related programs include:
· A lecture by Kiff Slemmons, world-renowned paper jewelry artist, 2 p.m. Feb. 27, 2014.
· Tours of BIJOUX! led by Davira Taragin, Consultative Curator of Decorative Arts at the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 3 p.m. daily, Feb. 27- March 2, 2014.
BIJOUX! is open to the public Feb. 27 – March 2, 2014 during regular Museum hours and is free with Museum admission. BIJIOUX!-related programs are also free with regular Museum admission. Tickets for the Feb. 26 preview cocktail party are$250 per couple or $175 per person. For tickets, or more information, call Jaimie Hart at (561) 832-5196 x 1118.
About the Norton Museum
The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. Admission is half price on Thursdays. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org.