The Wonders of Hand-Crafted, Wearable Art

It’s inevitable: every year there are a few people on your holiday shopping list who just seem impossible to buy for. Quattra4 wearable art may have the solution for the hard-to-buy-for individuals this holiday season. Five Louisville jewelry and wearable art designers have created one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to make your holiday shopping easy.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to preview the works of art before the actual event. On Tuesday, Dec. 9 the one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces will be on display at Martini’s Restaurant from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Quattra4 Jewelry Event is on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Louisville Boat Club.

Lori Kommor:  Can you share with me the details about this year’s Quattra4 Art to Heart annual fundraiser?
Von Purdy:  The event, “Art to Heart, Jewelry & Wearable Art Collections,” shines a spotlight on five Louisville jewelry and wearable art designers – Roxy Lentz, Sharon Major, Lona Northener, Lesley Rahner Ewald and Suzanne Spencer. The event will display the variety of their designs and serve as their annual fundraiser. The jewelry will be for sale and raffle tickets will be sold with proceeds going to the non-profit group, Heuser Hearing Institute. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Louisville Boat Club. This year’s event also features a new pre-event – a Jewelry and Design Preview Party at Martini’s Restaurant – on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5:30 –7:30 p.m. The special cocktail party will feature specialty cocktails, “The Gem Martini,’ and “The Bijou Martini,” light hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle for five jewelry items.

Kommor: A portion of the proceeds benefits the Heuser Hearing Institute (HHI) and Heuser Hearing and Language Academy (HHLA). How were they selected as the benefiting charities?
Purdy: The members of Quattra are all conscientious women. “We care about our community and we wanted to find a way to give back, and do what we love at the same time.” Artists are asked constantly to donate to all types of causes, and though many of the charities are worthy, we wanted to be discriminating of our choice. One of the Quattra 4+ members, Lesley Ewald, is a volunteer with Heuser Hearing Institute (HHI) at The Fabulous Finds Consignment Store whose proceeds go to the organization. Therefore, we decided to pick HHI as our charity of choice and donate 10 percent of the proceeds from our jewelry sales and the five raffle items.  HHI is a special non-profit as it serves the needs of children age’s birth to 5 years and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Kommor: Guests will have the opportunity to preview the one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces. Can you elaborate?
Purdy: Guests can preview the jewelry that will be raffled at the cocktail party at Martini’s in The Paddock (formerly The Summit) on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at a special preview party, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Also, the jewelry can be viewed on our web site, www.quattra4.com and on our Facebook page.

Kommor: Can you give me a short bio on each of the four jewelry designers and the mediums they work with?
Purdy: There are four jewelry designers and one wearable art designer: Lesley Rahner-Ewald, Louisville resident for 40 years, creates one of a kind wearable art pieces by taking flat sheets of metal and cutting, hammering, forging, joining and embellishing them with a variety of vibrant colors and forms. She is a member of The Louisville Artisans Guild and The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

Roxy Lentz, Louisville native, took a few classes from Lona Northener, but is mostly self-taught. She has been making jewelry for about 20 years and her work is conceptual, with re-purposed material. Her fabricated jewelry creations are distinctive, one-of-a-kind using precious metals and treasured gemstones.

Sharon Major, Louisville native, is a former science teacher who now makes silver handmade jewelry designs that are inspired by the natural world, and created by using the science of metallurgy. She is a member of The Louisville Artisans Guild, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and Kentucky Crafted.

Lona Northener, Louisville native, used to paint using oils, watercolor and mineral paints on porcelain.  So impressed with the art of metalsmithing after watching a presentation, she began to create labor-intensive works of art that are fabricated from sheet, wire and tubing and semi-precious stones. She is juried into The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

Suzanne Spencer, living in Louisville over 49 years, and former design firm owner, designs scarves and accessory garments that are 100 percent silk, or silk and wool, and are dyed by layering colorfast acid dyes in endless combinations.

Kommor: What is the best way for someone to find out more information about the upcoming events?
Purdy: For more information, go to the www.quattra4.com or Like Quattra4+ on their Facebook page. To purchase tickets for the raffle and to RSVP for the upcoming Preview Party at Martini’s on December 9, 5:30–7:30 p.m., visit the website or contact Von Purdy at vpurdy@thehearinginstitute.org or 502.612-7996.