Artist Demonstration - L. Sue Szabo of "Intense Adornment" (February 8)

Eye On Art  |  02/03/2020 5:00 pm

View the process behind artworks in our exhibit of the fine art jewelry of Toledo area artist L. Sue Szabo.

On Saturday, February 8, 20 North Gallery will host artist Sue Szabo for an engaging and illuminating Artist Demonstration. The presentation will offer viewers insight on the artist's enameling process and impressive technical skills used to create many of the artworks featured in Intense Adornment: The Jewelry of Sue Szabo, the current exhibition at 20 North Gallery.

Despite the fascinating history of torch-fire enameling as a traditional and visually stunning jewelry technique, art enameling programs are becoming less accessible to metalsmiths. Exhibiting artist Szabo will demonstrate the process of enameling on copper, giving attendees an opportunity to experience this traditional technique that is becoming a lost art form. The art enameling demonstration will begin at 4:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity for conversation with the artist before and the demonstration, and afterward, from 6 - 7 p.m., as she shares insight into her techniques in forging as well as other processes she uses to create her captivating, hand-forged and hand-fabricated jewelry.

The free 4 - 7 p.m. public reception will feature complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar (including a new exhibit-themed signature cocktail!) by Venue.

R.s.v.p. for the event is not required, but appreciated, as attendees will have hands-on opportunity to create their own small, enameled copper medallions: or 419-241-2400.

The exhibit continues through March 28, 2020.

Sue Szabo (Toledo, Ohio) began practicing medicine in 1988, receiving an M.D. through the Medical College of Ohio (Toledo, Ohio) while studying art through national workshops, the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio) and the University of Toledo in Ohio. Now retired from medical practice, Szabo focuses on metalsmithing and other art endeavors. With over 25 years of metalsmithing experience, Szabo’s artworks have appeared in multiple national and international shows, receiving numerous awards. Szabo has completed impressive commission work, including a major sculptural work for the JP Morgan headquarters in London and a 750-piece enamel sculpture for the British cruise ship the Brittania. Szabo’s metal works appear in over 20 books and publications including Art Jewelry Today 4Tales from the Toolbox and The Art of Fine Enameling 2nd Edition. Several of Szabo’s recent artworks have been selected to appear in Out of This World: Jewelry in the Space Age, an upcoming exhibit at the Tellus Science Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.