Amy Soldin – AR Jewelry Studio A&M AZ

Who Am I
Amy Rose, Designer of Beautiful Art Jewelry

My interest in creative design started at an early age with stitching, embroidery, and creating loop rugs with my own patterns to display. Sketching with charcoal and pastels was also a big part of my life. Not realizing it then, creating art with my hands would be my passion. Prior to becoming a jewelry artist, I worked in the technology field designing microchips. The intricate structures, restrictive spacing rules, and precise processes used to fabricate the patterns of a circuit on silicon enticed me to apply these skills in a more hands-on way to benefit me personally. The strong desire to express myself creatively was visible through my love of drawing and creating art with my hands. In discovering the art of metalsmithing, defined as the art of forming and fabricating metal into jewelry, that was the turning point and I was hooked!

The movement of metal under the process of forging gives it texture as it evolves which is very satisfying to me; as is researching and educating myself on various stones, examining their shapes and colors, then creating an original design that best compliments that stone. Working with texture is enjoyable and rewarding.  The rhythm, movement, and harmony are everywhere and bring a uniqueness beauty to my jewelry designs.  The handmade process is intriguing, and often what I draw on paper never looks like the finished piece.  It’s a mind-boggling mystery at times.  Each unique piece is distinctively styled and handcrafted by me.  When the recipient of my art jewelry wears their piece, I take pride in knowing they find meaning in that piece.  Some of my designs have stories that have inspired me based on an event or a place visited that I may have shared with someone. 

                                        My joy now is in sharing my art jewelry with you.

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Lori Woodward A&M AZ

Lori Woodward Fine Art

Painting The Places I Love

Lori Woodward holds a bachelor of Fine Art Education degree from the University of Arizona.

She is a member of the Internationally acclaimed Putney Painters, who meet and work throughout the year with Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. As a member of this group, Lori has participated in group shows in Scottsdale, AZ and Putney VT.

Lori has maintained writing columns in several major art publications, having written an instructional column for American Artist’s Watercolor Magazine from 2006 to 2011. These articles included step-by-step instruction using watermedia for portraiture, still life, and landscape.

Lori also authored a weekly blog post for Fine Art Views’ newsletter (2007-2012) which included instructional and motivational articles for artists.

Martha Parrish Bush A&M AZ

While trained as a painter, I don’t hold to a single medium and have strutted around in sculpture and installation work that incorporated sound and invited physical interaction between viewer and work. My paintings also use many printmaking techniques and much layering, even off of the primary surface out into space using transparencies. I find the idea or concept will call for a certain voice that holds texture, weight and space and even loudness/volume; so my work swings from painting to sculpture with various stops in between.

Some of the themes I have worked with are: where is My voice / volume / what to say; becoming which grew out of becoming pregnant and having my son; personal traits that are physical / mental that are passed on genetically, manipulated, or even transformed with time. In the past decade I delved into yoga, breath work, meditation and prayer. This spiritual practice melded into my studio work and I sought ways to integrate what was coming of the practice; this launched a process of seeking a language or physical notation for breath.

Kristine Brockel A&M AZ

Artist Statement

I’ve been an artist ever since I can remember… From painting rocks as a child, throwing pots in high school, to learning about “paints” in my professional years, one way or another, I’ve kept the “creative” in my life.

I spent 25 plus years owning my own painting company specializing in color consultations and interior paint jobs. I learned about colors… I learned about paints… I learned about techniques!

In my 40’s I decided I didn’t want to retire on a ladder, so I took my art, painting experiences, and technical skills to college and completed my Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. I had an amazing career in the design field, and it fueled my artistic fire to want to start creating my art again. I’ve noticed that my work has come full circle, encompassing all of my experiences.

I work hard to develop paintings and pots that speak to me and to others about colors and textures. As I build the layers, the work takes on a life of its own.

I’m ready!

Juried Show Exhibition


Nolan Winkler, Affiliate AZ

This series was a ‘breakthrough’ for me. I left representation behind, for the most part, picked up a potato or yam and started carving, painting and printing it onto paper or canvas. Then came back with paint or wax crayons or graphite to finish. The ‘print’ part of it all finds itself in many of my latest pieces, too.


Please contact me with questions about the work, pricing or comments.

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Tim Weedlun, Affiliate AZ

My art depicts figures interacting with swirling forms of matter. This is a personal meditation on the circle of life and the law of physics that energy cannot be created or destroyed but converted from one form to another. Are the figures dissolving into ether or is the ether coalescing into a new form? Or do both events happen at once?

The concept springs from an impending awareness of mortality. While traces of ourselves can linger on in lives we’ve touched, it only takes a few generations before those meager shreds seem to disperse like wisps of smoke into the elements from which we emerged.

Many faiths offer more optimistic afterlife scenarios: some believe we merge into an eternal collective consciousness; some believe we’ve lived through this cycle many times before; and some even believe that we design, well ahead of our birth, our earthly experiences. I like these more hopeful ideas as I want to believe consciousness is not lost and that everything eventually counts for something somewhere.

The mystery of our origins and our ultimate destination, and any possible connection between the two, captivates me and compels me to construct a palatable story to tell through my art.

Cindi Gaudette, Affiliate AZ

Cindi earned degrees from Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly AIB of Lesley University) in Boston, MA and The Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. She has also studied at SACI in Florence, Italy.

She currently is residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she has been influenced by the vast open spaces that speak to emptiness and isolation.

Cindi has spent several years traveling in order to research women’s issues. This allows her to discover threads of connection to address the current state of affairs regarding women’s choices about their bodies. 

Cindi has had exhibitions in California, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Washington, DC, Canada, and Italy.

Most recently, she traveled to Ireland to enjoy a month long residency in the Burren where she found inspiration from delving into the concept of identity through place.

My work reveals a confluence of emotions, as I expose painful memories, while at the same time attempt to hide my vulnerabilities. I use materials such as plaster, cheesecloth, and hair to tell my story. I follow my need to engage in small, repetitive gestures that represent an attempt to suppress my unprocessed loss.

Each stitch is a means to connect the present with the longing of an unknown forgotten identity. The physical act of making objects allows me to unearth intuitive connections that transform a deeply submerged sensation of someone or something gone missing. This process has manifested as the accumulation of symbolic objects and scraps of memory as I wrestle with my own anxiety, perceptions, and experiences, which reflect an intense need to connect the missing gaps that occurred through secrecy.

Rose O’Donnell, Affiliate AZ

I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Practice of Art then spent 30 years teaching art and music at all grade levels from pre-school to college. I worked at various private art galleries in the Sacramento, CA area, started a cooperative gallery with a group of friends and served as Gallery Director of the Ridley Gallery at Sierra College in Northern California from 1996 – 2002.

My traditional watercolors were exhibited widely in the Sacramento, CA area. However, after the death of my father in 1999, my work became much more introspective reflecting on memory and loss.  My mixed media work and prints allow me to express those feelings. I studied printmaking at Discover Graphics in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  I joined the Art League in Alexandria, VA in 2005 and was Director of the Art League Gallery for ten years. After retiring in 2018 I moved to Sedona, AZ where I am an exhibiting member of the Sedona Arts Center. My work has been shown at the World Bank in Washington, DC, Mattawoman Art Center, Maryland, Ellipse Gallery in Arlington, VA, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, The National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, Washington Printmakers and the Sedona Arts Center. My mixed media work titled, Rosalie, is currently part of a traveling exhibit titled One House.

C Tanner Jensen, Affiliate AZ

When I was a child, all I wanted was to be around horses. I wanted to ride them, watch them, smell them. I wanted to know everything about horses.I also wanted to paint, to be an artist. Decades later, it’s still all that I want to do.

I’m enthralled by horses. Their strength, their grace, their beauty— the sheer joy expressed through their movement sends me reeling. This is why I use the visage of the horse as my gateway to deeper meaning.

It’s a mystery to me why the horse lends itself to my search for understanding, but it does. Through these animals, I have learned to be a much better human being. They’ve taught me patience, given me lessons about life and death, lead me through grief, and are a constant reminder to stay present and to delight in this miracle of a world.

The expression of my gratitude and love — the asking of unending questions through brush and color — gives me boundless joy and the deepest satisfaction.

I hope that you enjoy my art and that it takes you to a place of wonder and joy.

Kate Kretz, Affiliate AZ

Kate is represented by Jen Tough Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

“I often experience news stories of inhumanity as a literal blow to my body, and carry the negative energy around with me until I process a way to remove it from my person through transformative creation. My work functions as a meditation, a healing prayer, a potent incantation to embed the finished object with as much power as possible, to rival the impact of that original negative impetus for making it. I am aiming for a beautiful, exquisitely-crafted gut punch.

I consider the inordinate amount of time invested in each piece as a gift given to the viewer. In this day and age, it often feels as though the earnest, cathectic things I make are an act of profound resistance: I give birth to the tactile as I am swallowed by the virtual. I obsess over craft as our world becomes disposable. I wield emotion in its messiness because it’s uncool. I work until my hands shake, because the world does not care.

I am banging my head against the wall, but the stain is beautiful.”

Novie Trump, Affiliate AZ

I am interested in work that explores the unknown, both literal and figurative. Secrets are an integral part of my work: the unopened box, the unbroken egg, the lost ritual, the illegible word, the empty cocoon.

Novie Trump is an Arizona based sculptor and installation artist working in ceramic, mixed media and sound. Formally trained in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of the Fairfax Strauss Fellowship, she has been awarded numerous grants and commissions for public art works, most notably at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. In 2013, Novie Trump was selected as a Fulbright Candidate by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

Formerly the Executive Director of Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Novie Trump currently curates exhibitions and juries for arts organizations throughout the US. Trump has served on the boards of several arts organizations, most recently as the Chair of the Distinguished Artist Series on the James Renwick Alliance Board, a non-profit support organization for the Smithsonian Renwick Museum. Trump is also an educator who teaches workshops in ceramics and professional development.

Novie Trump is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a contemporary arts space formerly of Washington, DC and currently based in Jerome, AZ.

Dana Lehrer Danze, Affiliate AZ

Dana divides her time between Arizona and the DC metro area. You can find her work at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, in studio 226. She creates teapots, vases, bowls, platters, oil lamps, brie bakers, birdhouses, pitchers, and many other forms. She mainly works in blue and green glazes and red-brown raw clay. Images like birds, spirals, and leaves decorate the work.

Dana is always making more new work, and teaches classes and workshops. Call if you fall in love with a piece on her site and want a similar creation. Of course, since each piece is handmade on the potter’s wheel and individually glazed, so there are no two exactly alike.

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