Fred Peters and nine island jewellers are set to celebrate more than a few milestones on Friday December 1 at the opening of Let There Be Bling – Fine Art Kangaroo Island’s 10th jewellery cocktail party.
In the lead up to the tenth anniversary of the gallery, Fleur and Fred Peters will host this highly anticipated annual jewellery showcase, featuring local models wearing art jewellery chosen to match their party outfits.
Award-winning Kangaroo Island Spirits will offer cocktail tastings at 5.15pm and will operate a cocktail bar showcasing their handcrafted spirits. Exhibition goers will be able to sip cocktails or mocktails, nibble hors d’oevres, and be tempted by the beautiful artwork displays throughout the gallery and garden.
This year’s lineup includes returning artists, Cecilia Gunnarsson, Lilly Griffith, Patsy Verwaal, Peggy Rismiller and Patti Blucher and of course, gallery owner Fred Peters.
Patti is hard at work assembling her once a year release of Random Gathering Beads, necklaces crafted from gifts from friends which take on a new life when she reimagines them with the addition of special pieces and shells woven together on fisherman’s braid. There will also be the new ‘Tidal Wanderings’ sterling silver ensemble necklaces, previously unseen on KI.
Fred’s sterling silver - several pieces of which are now included in the Gallery’s online store - will be on show, especially some of recent work from this year’s exhibition at National Wine Centre.
Peggy, who travels extensively, has a lifetime collection of semiprecious stones and takes inspiration from the simplicity and elegance of ancient jewellery. She draws on the surrounding nature of the island for all her creations and is renowned for striking pieces which feature unusual clasps and findings, both highly decorative and versatile, providing multiple ways to wear each piece.
Experienced speaker, communicator and coach, local personality Jeanette Gellard will open the exhibition at 6pm in the main gallery. Everyone is welcome, and for those who would like to borrow ‘bling’ to wear on the night, contact 8553 0448 to be matched to a jeweller.