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Nur Sagmanligil A&M2

I am a Jeweler and Metalsmith. Although I worked in a different field before, arts and crafts have always been an important part of my life. Over the course of my life I created objects using different media. I have worked with fiber, paper, glass and found objects. After taking classes in flower making, crafts and needle work, finally, I found myself in a metalsmithing class. On the first day of class, I was fascinated with the idea that I can incorporate my techniques with metalsmithing.

My inspiration for art is life. With each piece, it seems I start with one thing and end up with something else; like life, it is unpredictable and full of surprises. When I see my finished work, it’s like seeing a newborn baby. A new life is waiting for it; I do not know who will use it, or how they will use it. My hope is that other people feel the same connection to my work as I have.


Linda Cohen (In Memoriam 2018)

Linda was a treasured member of the A&M family. Her dedication to, and love of her practice, lives on in our hearts.

“I love the creative process of art which has always been a part of my life.  For many years,  I made silver jewelry with an interest in the texture and form of my pieces. About ten years ago I took up plein air painting – there is something so peaceful being outside and painting the moment. I am especially drawn to the elements of water and reflections.  I have taken plein air painting classes with both Glen Kessler, founder of Compass Atelier and Gavin Glakas, with Yellow Barn.  I have been taking portrait and figure painting with Gavin for the last 6 years which has proved especially challenging and rewarding.”

Sharyn Bowman A&M2

Sharyn Bowman is an award-winning photographer. She creates fine art photographs and digital paintings that elicit emotional reactions from the viewer. Sharyn’s favorite subjects are pet portraits, seascapes and landscapes along with wild horses. She also creates digital Asian brush paintings of flowers. She enjoyed a productive career as a public health researcher. Her photography is self-taught. She has shown her work regularly in local galleries for several years.


Tova Shpantzer A&M1

As a person who loves art of all kinds, I studied art history and visited countless museums all over Europe, Israel and North America. As a young working mother, I took enamel and metal art classes – years later these art forms evolved to be my main artistic expression.

My collections are informed by elements found in nature and by Middle Eastern and Asian cultures as well as motives from ancient art and architecture. After studying for years with master metal smiths, I now enjoy inventing my own metal smithing and enameling techniques to create raw, organic looks for hand forged objects such as jewelry, sculptures and decorative vessels. I like taking risks in my designs and try to create pieces that are truly one of a kind and invoke strong reactions through use of color, shape, detail and texture.

I thrive on the creative process of bringing an idea to life and, as a result, my works tend to have a sense of movement and continuous evolution.



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