Raw and untouched, minerals are occasionally unearthed as specimens of exceptional beauty and rarity. When used for ornament-as an intarsia box, a carved instrument, sculpture or a remarkable piece of jewelry-minerals are altered as faceted gemstones, which meet a maker, ultimately being transformed into works of art. Wilensky, the Chelsea gallery exhibiting the art of exquisite minerals, celebrates craftsmanship that turns nature's marvels into the extraordinary. This winter, "Gemstone Masterpieces" debuts at the Wilensky Gallery on January 9th, 2020, running through February 21st, 2020. Featuring four world-renowned artisans, Paula Crevoshay, Manfred Wild, Nicolai Medvedev, and Naomi Sarna, each contemporary has mastered a gemstone medium, releasing an aesthetic vision from its mineral matrix.
Stuart Wilensky, President of Wilensky Exquisite Minerals says, "The lapidary arts are among the oldest in human history. It is of such great significance, that of the three major evolutionary moments we speak of this as the Stone Age. The earliest humans created objects from raw stone, mostly tools. Manipulating stone became an inextricable defining part of human evolution, and quickly went from focusing on the utilitarian to the aesthetic. It was not long after that many cultures created objects of beauty and adornment from stones. It is from this ancient human connection to stone that the modern lapidary arts emerged. The art of creating objects made of stone is integrated into the timeline of all art; it is inseparable from architecture, sculpture, and painting." He continues, "These four masters have never before been featured together. The fluid motion of Naomi Sarna, the elegant classic design of Manfred Wild, the meticulous craftsmanship of Nicolai Medvedev, and the brilliant colors of Paula Crevoshay. Here, they have come together to create a display that is unmatched, even among the world’s finest museum collections."
Time: 18:00 to 18:00
Artists: Naomi Sarna, Manfred Wild, Paula Crevoshay, Nicolai Medvedev
Venue Name: Wilensky Exquisite Mineral Gallery