Archive for September, 2015
Laurel Burch has long been embraced by art collectors and kindred spirits throughout the country for her unique and whimsical designs. Inspired by her desire to give and passion to create beauty, Laurel’s art transcends cultures, crosses the boundaries of age and race, and reflects her love for life.
At the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town San Diego, we are huge fans of Laurel Burch and even have a dedicated gallery of her work. As longtime friends of Laurel and her family, we are thrilled to be one of the first locations in the world to showcase the new Laurel Burch jewelry collections.
Laurel passed away in 2007, but her legacy lives on through these new collections designed by her daughter, Aarin Burch. Designs range from “Retrospective” takes on Laurel’s early work, to modernized versions of her “Iconic” designs.
Fans of her fantastical feline designs will fall in love all over again with the debut of Burch’s new “Classic” jewelry collection – featuring her signature cats, as well as brightly colored exotic birds. The enamel is made of brass with either a rhodium or gold finish. These new pieces have arrived at the perfect time – whether you’re hoping to get a head start on the fast approaching gift-giving season, or simply wish to add to your own collection.
The whimsical designs and brightly colored, free spirited creatures in this collection remind you to play, to dream, to laugh and sing, and most of all – to pretend you have wings and use them.
Come visit Bazaar del Mundo’s Laurel Burch Gallerita to see these new collections and help us celebrate the life of a beloved local icon.
Some of the Southwest’s finest artists will come together to celebrate their Native American cultures and showcase their wares during Bazaar del Mundo’s Santa Fe Marketplace, Sept. 18 to 20 in Old Town. Guests will enjoy an unforgettable weekend filled with exquisite collections of fine jewelry, art, hand woven rugs, Pendleton blankets and more.
The annual event, held at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town, is San Diego’s prime destination for stunning and authentic Native American jewelry, colorful collectibles, creative fashions and unique home décor.
Returning to this year’s festival, pawn trader Art Quintana will appraise visitors’ fine Indian jewelry and family heirlooms (up to two pieces each). With 30 years in the Native American jewelry business, Quintana’s collection of traditional and contemporary necklaces, bracelets, rings, bolo ties, concho belts, earrings, beadwork and more, present a treasure trove of items he has discovered in pawn shops throughout the Southwest.
The festival is a colorful outdoor marketplace featuring Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo creations, presented by tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their wares.
More than 25 artists will be in attendance, including:
- Circle JW’s Jack Whittaker works with Navajo jewelers to create beautiful silver rings, earrings, necklaces, cuff bracelets and pendants inlaid with turquoise, spiny oyster, sugilite, gaspeite, lapis, onyx and many other gemstones.
- George Willis incorporates natural elements such as horn, stone and bone into whimsical jewelry and accessories inspired by his Choctaw heritage.
- John Balloue’s vibrant acrylic and mixed media paintings are held in many private and public collections, including the Cherokee Museum in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC; the SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Kim Yubeta uses vintage beads from far-off lands made of turquoise, coral, lapis, spiny oyster, amber, jet and onyx to fashion her necklaces that show in galleries throughout the Southwest.
- Bernie Granados, Jr., with roots in both the Apache and Zacatec tribes, is a multi-talented artist who works in a variety of mediums – embossed acrylic paintings, watercolor, Prismacolor pencil, wood carvings, ceramic and bronze. His art features beautiful images of horses, buffalo and ancient ancestral figures.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.