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Shibumi Gallery's 14th Annual Holiday Show and Party!
5:00 PM17:00

Shibumi Gallery's 14th Annual Holiday Show and Party!

Photo: April Higashi, Christina Odegard, Kate Eickelberg, Nina Bukvic, Polly Wales

Photo: April Higashi, Christina Odegard, Kate Eickelberg, Nina Bukvic, Polly Wales

Join us for our 14th Annual Holiday show and Party:

Saturday, December 1, 2018

5:00 PM  9:00 PM

Shibumi Gallery presents our fourteenth annual holiday show, Curated Color.

 Inspired by a recent documentary on the Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten, Curated Color will mix the beautiful with the unexpected to create a fresh, artful vision. For this show we will be grouping pieces in the gallery by color and texture rather than by artist and accenting these collections with colored fabrics and flowers. Imagine groups of rusts and reds or aquas and greens combined with woven, spiky and fringy textures and patterns. Shown alongside the jewelry will be works by printmaker Deborah Sibony, clothing by Ocelot, and perfumes by Sensate offering you an array of curated color and scents for your holidays.  

We are very grateful for our dynamic community of Shibumi artists and the lovely, warm people it attracts. Please join us on Saturday Dec. 1st 5-9 pm for an evening of beauty, cheer, wine and light bites. We will be donating 10% of the evening’s proceeds to the California fire aid relief and the ACLU. We look forward to seeing you all!

Featured Jewelers

Claudia Alleyne                    Elliot Gaskin                         Darcy Miro             

Curtis Arima                         Karen Gilbert                        Victoria Moore                 

Elisa Bongfeldt                     Sarah Graham                     Christina Odegard          

Nina Bukvic                          Mielle Harvey                       Eric Silva               

Raissa Bump                        Jo Hayes Ward                    Ruth Tomlinson             

Namu Cho                            April Higashi                         Giovanna Torrico        

Arielle De Pinto                    Maya Kini                              Niki Ulehla

Kate Eickelberg                    Sueng-Hea Lee                    Polly Wales

Sandra Enterline                  Susanne Matsche                 Sam Woehrmann   

Deborah Sibony’s aesthetics are rooted in her North African heritage and formative years growing up in Italy. Evoking memory and imagination, her work reflects the duality of tradition and modernity and explores physical and cultural boundaries – what crosses over and connects, what is repeated and what vanishes.

Ocelot Clothing is inspired by culture, landscape and tradition as well as by plants, the colors they yield and by the body and its relationship to nature. When layered, Ocelot becomes art on the body; moving, fluid and functional. Each garment goes through a several day process to create the dyed itajime patterns on natural fibers. All of Ocelot's clothing is hand-dyed in the Ocelot studio in Oakland.

Sensate Perfumes is an aromatic line driven by the senses, beauty, mystery and artistry of Jana Cerny. Her interest and work in healing the body and spirit has inspired her alchemy of natural botanicals. Through the ritual of application Jana believes we can draw forth our deeper selves which form part of a wide web of archetypes. Jana has created ‘Shibumi’ a scent inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of a subtle and unobtrusive beauty. This scent is a complex layering of patterns, textures and nuance that draw forth the world. Jana will also feature a small selection of her natural scents along with bath salts and body oils.

Shown: Deborah Sibony, Mono-print, Sensate Perfumes, travel size scents, Ocelot Clothing, wrap skirt and dot top.

Shown: Deborah Sibony, Mono-print, Sensate Perfumes, travel size scents, Ocelot Clothing, wrap skirt and dot top.

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Consider the Pearl...
to Oct 21

Consider the Pearl...

April Higashi,  Raku Pearl Necklace, Tahitian pearls, silver,  Kate Eickelberg,  Fireball Pearl Drop Earrings, 14k white gold, Megan Mcgaffigan , Boston Marriage I, silver, tintype, mississippi river pearls ,       Niki Uleha,  Pearl Half Sphere Posts, 18k gold.

April Higashi, Raku Pearl Necklace, Tahitian pearls, silver, Kate Eickelberg, Fireball Pearl Drop Earrings, 14k white gold,Megan Mcgaffigan, Boston Marriage I, silver, tintype, mississippi river pearlsNiki Uleha, Pearl Half Sphere Posts, 18k gold.

Consider the Pearl...


Claudia Alleyne

Kate Eickelberg

April Higashi

Megan McGaffigan

Niki Ulehla

Kiwon Wang


Visual Art

Amy Tavern


Tahitian and South Sea Pearls

Black Market Pearls

September 14 - October 21, 2018

Artists Reception & Opening: September 15, 5-8pm

wine and light bites!

SHIBUMI GALLERY presents Consider the Pearl, 14 Sep – 21 Oct, 2018

Food writer MFK Fisher’s book Consider the Oyster is a loving tribute to these mollusks in which she includes a ‘recipe’ for making Japanese pearls. Ingredients required, amongst other things, include: one healthy spat, one mature oyster, an unnamable wound-astringent and a diving girl. Prep time: ten years with seven years close supervision and “about a one in twenty chance of owning a marketable pearl.”

With Fisher’s witty recipe illuminating the considerable time, labor and risks involved in making a pearl, it’s no wonder they are revered worldwide. These beautiful curiosities have always held a mysterious allure for both jewelers and wearers owing to the surface’s subtle glow from the nacre - the crystalline substance that creates its unique iridescent visual effect. 

Consider the Pearl features six jewelers and a visual artist who, from different perspectives, explore the use of pearls in their work. April Higashi creates pieces that accent the organic nature of the pearl’s surface. Niki Ulehla uses cross-sections of pearls in her work revealing their inner nuclei and intricate layers. Kate Eickelberg contrasts the soft, natural beauty of pearls with industrial materials and architectural precision. Megan McGaffigan creates intimate and enigmatic pieces by interlacing tintypes with pearls. And visual artist Amy Tavern layers photographs and drawings with pearls that reference her interest in landscapes, both physical and emotional, and the ocean.

Along with the work of these and other artists, the gallery will feature Fred Sagues, owner of Black Market Pearls, a dealer from Tahiti and Asia who will be showing a selection of his gorgeous Tahitian and South Sea Pearls, both single loose pearls as well as strands. Fred will share his knowledge and his collection of pearls will be available to purchase for new commissions or future projects.

With Consider the Pearl, Shibumi will show how pearls can transcend the typical and be worn in a nontraditional manner. Feel free to bring in pearls you own that you’d like to transform into a contemporary showpiece or an everyday wearable statement. 

Please join us for the opening and artists' reception with wine and light bites, September 15, 5-8pm. 

Fred from Black Market Pearls will be in the gallery this Saturday 3 - 8pm.  Please come see his beautiful collection of pearls and hear more about the pearl farming.

Additionally, we will be offering wholesale appointments to other jewelers and artists on September 14, 11-3pm.  Please email if you’d like to come.

Amy Tavern, The Sea is Always the Same, digital print.

Amy Tavern, The Sea is Always the Same, digital print.

Kiwon Wang,  Poetry is Hidden Jewel, antique Korean poetry, fresh water pearls, thread, silver .

Kiwon Wang, Poetry is Hidden Jewel, antique Korean poetry, fresh water pearls, thread, silver.

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