2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: June 11, 5 pm – 8 pm
My work is about movement and space – the movement of light along a smoothly polished surface and the line it creates – the flow of a curved sheet of metal through space. There is satisfaction in playing with these characteristics to create works which communicate an elegance and grace of line. I hope my work will speak to people as an expression of beauty and the way in which beauty can uplift the human spirit.
My first world is that of jewelry and how to make work that integrates with the body and gives the wearer a feeling of comfort and celebration. In this body of work many of the pieces use a process called Keum Boo in which 24K gold is fused to the surface of the silver to give a rich contrast, which is then further enriched by etching and forming.
My second world is a product of my studies of Buddhism and meditation and my desire to do work that relates to these ideas. In our world today, which is filled with so much stress and anxiety, my hope is to offer something that even for a few moments would project a sense of peace and tranquility. The works can be used as objects for meditation or simply reminders that we can still find places of beauty and serenity in this world if we just take the time to go there in our minds.
— Betty Helen Longhi
BETTY HELEN LONGHI is a nationally recognized metalsmith who has worked extensively with forming metal for jewelry and sculpture. Her work is recognized for its sculptural quality, flowing lines and subtle use of anodized niobium as a source of color. She attended University of Wisconsin and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has studied with Heikki Seppa. Betty Helen has given numerous workshops both in the United States and Canada including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Parsons School of Design, Arrowmont, Peters Valley Craft Center and Penland School. She has been a guest artist at the University of Wisconsin and Maryland Institute of Art and School for American Craft at Rochester Institute of Technology. Additionally, she has written a number of articles and reviews for Metalsmith magazine and has lectured on shell forming for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
Betty Helen and co-author Cynthia Eid, have written the book, Creative Metal Forming, which has been recognized as “a must for anyone interested in learning the craft of metal forming.”