Geri Verble – Tribal Bear Designs
~Tribal and Ethnic Jewelry~
Geri Verble, a Placitas jewelry design artist, specializes in tribal and ethnic jewelry. Verble developed a passion for collecting ethnic beads and pendants while travelling with the Peace Corps. Bead collecting not only became a passion for her, but a journey into learning about the history of beads. Having majored in Theatre Arts in college, Verble’s focus was in Stagecraft Design. This sense of design has influenced her work in creating one of a kind, exceptional designs. One of Verble’s pieces, “An African Christmas” was featured in BeadStyle Magazine, November 2008.
Verble says: “I begin my design by choosing a bead or pendant that I have collected from around the world. Many of these treasures come from 3rd world countries as well as co-ops that work with some of the world’s poorest people. There is much intrigue found in international artisan work. Each ancient bead and ethnic ornament tells a story and has a spiritual energy that flows through each piece. That energy guides me as I design. From the intricate work of the African lost wax brass beads, to the silver repousse pendants from Nepal, or the masterful metalwork of the Tuareg desert men from Niger, these stories take us to a different time and place and remind us that somehow we are all connected. I believe designing in harmony with the Earth can create jewelry that satisfies the human spirit.”
Sonya Coppo is a versatile artist who has created many types of art since childhood. As part of her interior design practice she designed and painted custom furniture, wall murals, canvas floorcloths and table runners for her clients. After moving to Placitas, New Mexico she began creating interpretations of the Plains Indians Parfleche envelopes as well as handbags in addition to her other canvas art. She designs and paints with acrylics and inks on heavy weight canvas reflecting the colors, culture and spirit of the Southwest.
Anna Goodridge can usually be found in her Placitas studio painting with oil paint on canvas. Recently her journey has taken her to painting with acrylic paint on gently used denims.
Anna spent her career as an elementary art teacher. The designs, colors, and shapes she uses are the result of Anna’s working with children and remembering what appealed to them. Anna’s many yearsof passion, study, and experience in oil painting on canvas adds to the success of her wearable art creations. She likes the idea of finding gently used denim that have lost their usefulness to one person then creating wearable art for another person to enjoy.
Anna creates wearable art for adults as well as children and welcomes custom work. Anna Goodridge’s paintings can be seen at her website: placitasartists.com.