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Catherine J. Smith Gallery at ASU Hosts the One-of-a-Kind Radical Jewelry Makeover Pop Up Shop Oct. 23

Oct. 19, 2012. Radical Jewelry Makeover and the Catherine J. Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University presents the Radical Jewelry Makeover Pop Up Shop, a one-of-a-kind shop and expo celebrating the creativity and skills of student artists and jewelry donors.

Metals students in the Department of Art and professional jewelers from the regional community have transformed recycled jewelry donations into 150 radically fresh and responsible works that will be for sale at the Pop Up Shop. 

The shop will open in the Plemmons Student Union Solarium Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5 – 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Sales will benefit the arts at Appalachian and Ethical Metalsmiths’ efforts to educate and connect people with responsibly sourced materials. Payment in cash or check is preferred. Jewelry donors may apply their discount coupons toward the purchase of a new piece.

Radical Jewelry Makeover (RMJ) and Ethical Metalsmiths works to galvanize mining reform efforts by staging an “alternative supply chain” and has worked with Catherine Smith Gallery and the Department of Art to facilitate this project in Boone.

RJM travels nationally and internationally educating jewelers of all levels about mining and material sourcing issues involved in jewelry making through a fun, fast paced project. RJM draws attention to the creativity and skills of local jewelry designers, reveals the stories behind personal collections and encourages re-consideration of consumption habits.

Currently, materials used in jewelry production are sourced from some of the poorest countries in the world, sacred lands and disputed territories. Often this sourcing comes at a great cost to the environment.

The EPA estimates that hard rock mining is the most toxic industry in the United States. Additionally, Earthworks reports that an estimated 80 percent of the gold mined each year is used for jewelry, and that a single gold ring leaves 20 tons of mine waste. However, metals and jewelry artists in the Boone area have thrived for years and continue to need these mined materials to create beautiful works of art.

More information can be found online at www.EthicalMetalsmiths.org.

Catherine J. Smith Gallery is closed for renovations through August 2013. Exhibitions and programs will occur this year at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Belk Library and Information Commons, Plemmons Student Union and other locations on the Appalachian State University campus. The gallery office is temporarily located in Wey Hall Room 210A campus. For more information, call 828-262-7338 or visit www.art.appstate.edu/cjs. You can “like” the gallery on Facebook. Search for “Catherine J. Smith Gallery.”