The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is excited to announce Wendy Gell as our newest member! You can find her listing, which includes a full set of web links, social media sites and contact information, on this page, among others.
Through the 70s and into the 80s, Wendy Gell’s designs appeared on the cover of Vogue and in thousands of editorials in magazines all over the world. Wendy created sequined Disney characters, jeweled Roger Rabbits and his friends, Wizard of Oz jewelry, and masks from The Phantom of the Opera. She designed special pieces for Bill Blass, Oscar de laRenta, and Louis Dell’Olio. Her company specialized in a “different” look that is very whimsical and unique. Wendy’s large “wristy” cuff bracelets became famous. Her worldwide client list includes celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Isabella Rossilini, and Cher. Wendy Gell jewelry can also be found in the private collections of Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John , Hillary Clinton, the late Andy Warhol and Princess Diana.
Now Wendy is back, designing not only jewelry but paintings and various gifts as well. She creatively adorns mirrors, dolls, goblets and more with the same jewel-encrusted pop art style that has made her jewelry such a fashion sensation. Below are the announcements from Wendy’s most recent newsletter, and the many jewelry pieces commissioned by fans as gifts for Judy Collins tell us that her days of a star-studded following are anything but over!
If you would like to subscribe to her newsletter, please visit the online version and click the Subscribe button in the top left corner. Wendy is in the process of redesigning her website. To see more of her available works, check out the Under Construction page she has up to hide the dust with her beautiful creations.
Bridal Cuff by Wendy Gell
Bridal Cuff for a New York Bride
I got an exciting order this summer from a beautiful NYC bride who works in a powerful financial firm in NYC. She sent me her mother’s pin for a centerpiece, so it has high sentimental value. Here’s what she wrote after receiving it:
“Goood Morning, Wendy!
I just received the bracelet that you made and the reconstructed earrings! WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!!!!!! Simply stunning!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to wear it! It is going to look magnificent! You did not exaggerate, it’s everything you said and more …. Really gorgeous!!! I am so proud and happy to wear the piece; for sentimental reasons (my mom’s pin) and just because it’s so fantastic!
Thank you so much, Wendy! I feel like I know you now through this process J
I will send you a picture on the wedding day and I will let everyone know who made my gorgeous bracelet!!! You are an unbelievable jewelry designer! I cannot wait to have another occasion to have something else made by you!”
Fan Gifts for Judy Collins by Wendy Gell
Wendy meets Judy Collins backstage at an Oregon concert
Pearl and crystal barrettes for Judy Collins
Fans Buy Wendy Gell gifts for Judy Collins!
Judy Collins first heard of me when she received a Wendy Decorated Mirror for a wedding present years ago. Judy asked people on Facebook if they ever heard of Wendy “Gehl.” Over 100 people responded to her query, and we became Facebook friends. Her fans have purchased gifts to send to her: pearl barrettes, a mirror, cherub goblets, a bracelet and more. We met backstage at a concert in Grants Pass.
American Visions, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell
Love Me Tender, by Wendy Gell
Be Smart, Buy Art!
Art sales are up! People are loving my Gelastic 3D pop art. Fashion Blogger Shannon Dawn’s custom piece inspired by Elvis, called Love Me Tender (left), and writer BJ Gallagher’s American Visions (pictured above) were shipped in August. Shannon featured the art piece in her blog and showcased a lot of her Wendy Gell Collection. Check out her fabulous post!
Both orders were received through Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, send me a friend request!
Wendy taught a class of 12 collectors in April at the Seattle public library. She shared her self-made jewelry making technique to the enthusiastic ladies. “The students were amazing and very creative” said Wendy. Here are a couple of comments from participants:
“I’ve been Gell-ized!” Never thought I’d get those creative juices flowing. But I did! WE all did! Is it truly a Wendy Gell? Or an imposter…? You might never know! Great day of creativity. Wendy’s a genius and so easy to follow. Plus she brings parts and pieces that are guaranteed to make you a success.”
“Way too much fun! Under the juicy artistic direction of Wendy Gell, our wristies and necklaces came alive – better than we had ever imagined. We hated for play-day to end and are super interested in booking Wendy again next year. Her mind is always working and creating. She’ll swoop over, make a subtle suggestion or adjustment and voila – the piece is in direct competition to Wendy’s originals! Not really, but we thought so!”
Ornate Museum Cuff by Wendy Gell
Costume Jewelry Collectors International Convention Class
On October 24, Wendy presents a jewelry making class to members of the Costume Jewelry Collectors International Club at their convention outside of Chicago. She will teach them techniques to make their own wristies and jewelry, shipping out a ton of fabulous material before the show for participants to work with. The convention members will also be selling to the public on Saturday, October 25. Read more here. There is still room for a few more people in Wendy’s Friday morning class – Register now!
Oh Wendy Saint Go Marching In
Lost and Found Show
Wendy’s 3D Gelastic art was featured at the GoodBean Coffee shop in Jacksonville, Oregon with 4 other local women artists in a July show called Lost and Found. Among the works I showed were the pieces pictured above: Oh Wendy Saints Go Marching In (top), Buddha by the Lake (bottom left), and Byzantine Prophet (bottom right).
Blue Buddha, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell
Byzantine Prophet, Gelastic Art by Wendy Gell
Kids working on giant Hamsa at Temple Emek Shalon in Ashland, Oregon
Bring on the Bling with Wendy Gell!
Birthday Party Activities for Kids
Your kids will make jewelry and gifts, objects like picture frames, bracelets, headbands, or magic wands; creations they can take home. They will work with Wendy using her self-taught technique. Wendy brings a suitcase of materials collected from her 38 years as a jewelry designer: Swarovski Crystals, stones, toys, pop art icons, flowers and beads.
Wendy’s work was collected by Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Princess Diana and more. Wendy was once featured on Oprah’s show as her favorite jewelry designer, and she held a Walt Disney Jewelry license for 5 years. She has years of teaching experience, including appearing as a guest lecturer at NYU and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, as well as teaching classes locally at the Ashland Art Center and OLLI at SOU.
Wendy’s enthusiasm will bring out the creativity in your guests and perhaps inspire a new hobby. Her basic charge is $100 for 2 1/2 hours, plus materials fee. Participants are encouraged to bring treasures from their own collections. For further party details, call Wendy at 541-535-1954 or email [email protected] See Wendy’s work at www.wendygell.com.
Wendy says “Have Glue Gun, Will Travel!”
Wendy Gell and Hannah West
Wendy is so excited to be creating a new website with Hannah West! We’ve put up a temporary page with a sneak preview of several pieces I have available now. Check it out here. When the new website is up and running I will announce it in a newsletter, so if you want to know when it’s ready, please confirm your subscription so you won’t miss the announcement.
Twenty seven readings in the US, Europe and the Middle East are scheduled in March to mark the seventh anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient bookseller street in Baghdad.
Please join me as I participate in these two readings in SF:
1. The Great Overland Book Company (Bookstore) San Francisco, California –
Coordinator – Beau Beausoleil and Andrea Hassiba
March 5, 7:30 – 9:pm – at The Great Overland Book Company, 345 Judah
Street (at ninth avenue)
2. San Francisco.San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California – Coordinator – Ozlem Ayse
Ozgur – March 6th, 7-9pm, San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut
San Francisco, CA.
If you are in Oregon, consider coming to these readings:
1. Portland, Oregon – Coordinators – Bill Denham and Laura Russell – March 5, 7-9pm,
Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon
2. Atelier 6000 in Bend, Oregon – Coordinators – Julie Winter and Patricia Clark
March 6, 4:30 – 7 pm – Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. #120 – Bend, Oregon
For readings in London, Boston, Newfoundland and beyond, check out: http://www.al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com/readings–events.html
I will be reading from my book Ink and Blood, created for the al-Mutanabbi Street Project. For more info, check out: www.gallerydeforest.com
For poetry lovers everywhere:
A beautiful new book of poetry from Kim Stafford, Legacy of Beginning: Poems in Bhutan, has been published by Larkspur Press. The hand-sewn book contains wood engravings by the artist Wesley Bates. Stafford writes in the book’s preface:
“In the winter of 2011 … I gathered a band of ten writers from America and one from Poland for a creative pilgrimage to the kingdom of Bhutan. These poems were written as we sat together around the bukhari, the iron stove where pine crackled and winter kept us close. The poems are informed by the Buddist notion of four dimensions for each encounter, from the visible to the increasingly mysterious and important.”
If you love William Stafford’s poetry, check out the artists’ books Derek and I letterpress printed in honor of his Centennial: www.gallerydeforest.com.
Dec 1 – 31, 7am – 6pm M-F
My large “Angel” hand-painted silk wall hanging will be part of a group show of angel art at the GoodBean Coffee Company for the month of December. This 45″ x 45″ piece will be available for purchase – Contact Hannah West at
155 S Oregon Street
Nov 29 from 11-4, Nov 30 from 10-4
Wine, Dine and Shop for holiday gift items! I will be there to display and sell my hand-sewn, cotton happi coats and kimonos, hand-painted silk wall hangings and scarves at Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery, to benefit HOPE Equestrian Center, a Medford therapeutic horsebackriding program for the disabled.
Voorhies Mansion / Edenvale Vinery
2310 Voorhies Road
Nov 19, 2013 – Feb 21, 2014, M-F 11-3, Sat 10-2
Exhibit and sale of hand-painted silk scarves & wall hangings. The gallery is located at 24353 Redwood Highway, Kerby, Oregon
The Southern Oregon Guild is also having a Holiday Gift Show on Sunday, December 1st, from 2pm – 5pm. Start your Holiday Season with the Southern Oregon Guilds’ Artists and the Oregon Little Big Band! We’re having a fabulous party to introduce our 2013 Holiday Gift Show and give you the “Art Alternative” for your Holiday season! We’ll be serving tastings of festive holiday wines and a wonderful buffet. Free drawing for a hand-painted garden chair!
The Fall Season is about to begin, and I am excited to share my new line of silk scarves and wall hangings, as well as my new cotton printed Happi Coats and Kimonos! It was fun participating in the recent Art Presence showing and sale in Jacksonville, and I have many events planned to follow. My next and upcoming event is the Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts, which will be held right on Labor Day Weekend. This will be the second time that I’ve participated in this event, with the added interest of the silk scarves and wall hangings. I am also going to participate for the first time in Kerby, at the Artoberfest showing and sale in October. I am going to have a demonstration of my silk painting as well. These events are listed on my website, with a maps, times and dates. Hope to see you there!
October 18 & 19, 10-5, Oct 20, 10-4
“Artoberfest” Festival exhibition and sale, October 18 – 20, at the RCC Kerby Campus, 24353 Redwood Highway, Kerby Oregon, Friday and Saturday from 10 – 5pm, and Sunday from 10 – 4pm
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in September – 11am-5pm
August 30 – September 29: Exhibition & sale of hand painted silk wall hangings for the “Vine to Wine” exhibition of member works at Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, OR, 97530, every Fri – Sun 11am – 5pm. Meet the artists at a special reception with slideshow on Friday, September 6 from 5 – 7pm.
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New York City features 250 artists’ books from the Al-Mutanabbi Project!
I am pleased to announce the opening of the Al-Mutanabbi Project in NYC in 5 venues. Big thanks to The Center for Book Arts’ for organizing this! I will be coming to NYC Sept 14-18 and speaking at the Center for the Book Arts on Sept 18, along with other book artists. Come join in this dialog!
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project assembles artists’ responses to the tragic loss of a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad that occurred on March 5, 2007, by a bomb explosion. Al-Mutanabbi Street had been the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, and the heart of the Baghdad literary community.
The exhibition features approximately 250 artists’ books and 50 prints by artists from around the world, and was co-organized by Beau Beausoleil, Founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Fine Print Research in Bristol, UK.
A comprehensive catalog accompanies the show.
Center for Books Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 481-0295
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: (646) 732-3261
International Print Center New York
508 West 26th Street, Room 5A
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 989-5090
Columbia University Libraries
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
Telephone: (212) 854-7309
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
Telephone: (212) 431-7920
Thursday, July 4th & Every Friday – Sunday in July from 11am-5pm
July 4 – 30: Display & sale of hand painted silk wall hangings for the “Luminosity” exhibition of member works at Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, OR, 97530, every Fri – Sun 11am – 5pm. Meet the artists at a special reception with slideshow on July 12th from 5 – 7pm.
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