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Profile: Linda Koutsky—Bold Art Jewelry with Found Objects

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Above: A selection of jewelry pieces ©Linda Koutsky (photograph by the artist, ©2009 Linda Koutsky). Fabricated from sterling silver and brass and found objects each piece of jewelry is a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art containing natural and man-made found objects. Click on the image to see an enlargement.

Minneapolis artist and author Linda Strand Koutsky received the “Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2008 Barbara Lund Emerging Artist Award” for her excellence in fine art jewelry. Her exhibit at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts opens Thursday, April 2, 6 to 9 p.m. (The show runs through May 2.)

If you are interested in jewelry, found objects, Minnesota, or creativity, you really need to come to this show. Linda, a confirmed regionalist, is a friend and inspiration to me. I’ve seen her jewelry in person  and the pieces are lovely and inventive. Using natural items and made-made items Linda has created mini-narratives about life and the land and resources in Minnesota. Her design eye and sense of texture, form, and color transform these ordinary bits, which others overlook, into bits of art with emotional impact. She believes “Not only can jewelry be beautiful adornment, it can also be fine art that explores and celebrates our human condition.” Her one-of-a-kind sterling silver and lost wax cast bronze jewelry confirms that.

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