Kat Oliva and Kristen Osborne Carroll in the Jewelry Gallery
Kat Oliva: Kat brings her love of color and the beauty of geometric shapes to beaded artwork in wearable and sculptural 3-dimensional pieces. Her work actively explores the symmetry and asymmetry of geometry and moveable art pieces such as beaded kaleidocyles.
She has studied, worked and collaborated with a noted community of bead artists and is part of a worldwide team of innovators working with Kate McKinnon on Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Volumes I and II and the forthcoming Volumes III and IV, an open source architectural beadwork project. Her work has been included in these publications as well.
She has been an invited artist to the Holiday Art Show at the Palmer Museum of Art since 2011 and was the featured artist in 2014. She teaches classes in off-loom beaded art, and is happy to counsel with new artists in the field.
Kristen Osborne Carroll: Kristen is an artist and English instructor. Both passions are evident in her work with Ossia Gaia Artisan Jewelry. In naming her business, which roughly translates to Bones of Mother Earth, Kristen drew on her background in literature and an ancient Greek origin story. Inspired by nature and using responsibly sourced materials, Kristen truly views her work as paying homage to the bones of Mother Earth. She specializes in copper and rough gemstones.
When she’s not working with hammers, pliers and torches, Kristen might be found with a book or a fountain pen in her hands. She also enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, and gardening. She lives in Bellefonte with her husband, daughter, two furry, four-legged overlords, and an unruly stockpile of loose-leaf tea.
Inspired by nature, the human spirit and the Divine Feminine, Ossa Gaia Artisan Jewelry pays homage to Mother Earth through hand-forged artisan jewelry created with responsibly sourced metals and gemstones.
Statement of Values, Principles and Practices: Ossa Gaia Artisan Jewelry takes sustainability and human rights seriously. Every step of our process is completed with the past, present and future of the Earth in mind.
Gemstones & Metals: As much as we adore the shining and sparkling lovelies that come from the Earth, we must remember that mining can cause some hefty environmental damage. Mining is also an industry that’s been associated with poor (and, at times, tragic) human rights practices. That said, in some instances, gemstone mining serves as a lucrative cottage industry benefitting communities in otherwise impoverished areas. It’s also a beloved hobby for passionate geology buffs, rock hounds and adventurers.
Ossa Gaia is proud to support small-scale miners and lapidary artists, especially those located in the US, Canada and the UK. We purchase gemstones directly from miners, or from suppliers who can provide details of where and how the gems were mined.
Our metals are 100% or partially recycled, and/or sustainably mined in the US. We also use vintage metals or remnants when available.
Alison Borkowska and Liz Liadis in the Print Gallery
Alison Borkowska: Alison moonlights as an artist, with a particular interest in connecting words to visuals. Much of her work focuses on the idea of visual poetry in the context of urban decay. However, these prints are much more lively. A small series curated for the print gallery, California Bloomin', come from Davis, California in the years 2008-2012. Living there with only a bicycle, Alison spent much time gazing at the endless growth of the Central Valley while getting around. These few photos were picked up with her dSLR while cruising around the area during that period. Enjoy the artichokes, roses and fruits.
Liz Liadis: Liz Liadis is an artist whom paints with acrylics; creates computer graphics; and photographs nature, animals and people. She has a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Drawing from Indiana University of PA. She painted the "Sunset Bench" displayed at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Pleasant Gap. It is one of twenty-five book benches hand-painted in Centre County. https://www.bookbenches.org/
Liz sold paintings of Tallyrand, cats and clouds at the Bellefonte Art Museum. Some of her art pieces are realistic and some are surreal. Liz enjoys the works of Katsushika Hokusai, Joan Miro, Claude Monet, Keith Haring, Georgia O'Keefe and Thomas Moran. Liz Liadis' photography was in the Animalia show at the Art Alliance in August. Her pictures feature flamingos, giraffes, zebras, cats, penguins, butterflies, waterfalls. Liz also had her "Rhinestone Cat" and "Rhinestone Taco" paintings in the Spring Colors Studio Tour in May. Her drawings and paintings were featured in the Tea Room in January.
She helped paint the "Dreams Take Flight" mural in State College.
Liz worked as a graphic designer at WTAJ and at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Liz is a registered artist and docent at the Bellefonte Art Museum and the Art Alliance of Centre County. Liz Liadis' children, Emma and Tristan, and her husband, Paul encourage, inspire and support her. Her kids have caught the art bug and participate in the Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair. Emma and Liz collaborated for a logo for the Pittsburgh animal rescue group called, Kathies' Kritters.
Check out Liz Liadis' art at: https://lizliadis.deviantart.com/gallery/ and throughout the museum.
Print Gallery - 2nd FloorFridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment