R&T follows the Yellow Brick Road

August 7, 2009

Also known as Garland Street (in Spokane)!

Two Rings & Things artisans are featured in an art show celebrating the 70th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”.  Appropriately held at the stalwart Tinman Gallery in Spokane, this OzVitational exhibit showcases artists’ unique takes on the legacy of Dorothy and friends.

Sondra Barrington, our Sales manager by day, mixed found objects with quality vintage-feel findings for a steampunk bracelet titled “Flying Monkeys”.  Like a wearable video clip (from the scariest part of the film!), this piece sports stills from the classic movie transferred onto copper stamping blanks.

flyingmonkey bracelet sondra barrington

Some R&T stock used in the bracelet:
…and some Tim Holtz Idea-Ology items, plus a “cash & carry” strand of smoky quartz nuggets as sold at Rings & Things road shows and in our showroom.

Kurt (Metalman) Madison is our Art Clay Silver certified expert.  He and partner Margot Casstevens created a collaborative print/sculpture/jewelry piece that the Inlander newspaper called

“one-of-a-kind pendants — ruby slippers, a yellow brick road, the heart so sought after by Tinman himself — hang[ing] from inside their gray weathered box. A knothole in the wood becomes the “O” for Oz and the wood itself is said to be from Dorothy’s Kansas farmhouse…if you let yourself drift to where childlike wonder lives, you can almost believe.”


The exterior of Kurt & Margot’s “OZ BOX”

Many other gifted artists are in the show, too.  So if you’re in Spokane any time this month, head to the Garland District for a visual treat!

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  • Reply Heather August 8, 2009 at 2:07 am

    That is in interesting bracelet…everything but the kitchen sink… :0)


  • Reply Dave August 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    That must be the one part that was left back in Kansas…

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