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.
ZheKa in the Community Gallery
My art name is ZheKa (a combination of Russian letters and names). My biography is that of an artist, compelled to tell a story. I have been writing, drawing, painting and carving for 28 years now, last 17 of these in Huntingdon PA. Relief painting (a combination of sculpture and fine art) is my most recent and most successful endeavor. My challenge has always been to convey complex feelings and relationships by means of a single image. Bringing an element of sculpture, relief and texture, as well as new and re-defined composition, (along with the standard fine art techniques) onto my wooden canvas helps me achieve the desired affect.
Carving is a less refined and more of an "in-the-raw" process. It requires me to channel physical energy, demands attention and control, while offering a totally new dimension and the edge of endless possibilities. What normally could not be seen, becomes quite tactile on my "canvas". I envision an art piece that opens a new dimension of perception, a world in which one could stroke the wind with fingertips, where feelings and emotions form shapes and textural flow and the darkness, as well as the light are relieved with the hidden shapes...
For me, painting is always about Discovery. A painting is a small world frozen in time--a whole lifetime expressed in one brave single moment, a life filled with light and darkness, beauty, growth, horror, feelings...all thrown in the mix with an intention to tell a story. This story is what draws some of us to a painting, saying : "Wow! I never thought about it this way!" and then, maybe some other day, you look at that same image again and discover something totally new, in the light of a totally new day!
Art for me is--Discovery. I look at some of my paintings and discover something new and unexpected almost every time, with the light of a new day--they grow with me. It is an adventure of the mind. Art is Discovery, Thought is a Journey...and you are invited to take this one, with me!
Community Gallery - 2nd FloorFridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment