Artist Interview: Kristin Merrill

BY JANE DAVILA, January 2017 I’m starting a series of interviews with some of my favorite artists about their work, their processes, and their inspiration. First up is sculptor and jeweler Kristin Merrill. She makes the most sublime organic pieces of art – both to wear as jewelry and to display as wall sculptures. See more of Kristin’s work on her website. Please describe your work, what do you make? I create jewelry and sculpture from sterling silver, semi precious stones, pearls, driftwood and found objects. While I like to keep my work organic, I still use traditional metalsmithing techniques….

NEW WORK: Fly, Peter, Fly

Fly, Peter, Fly is my favorite new work. I created it thinking about my brother Peter, who actually looked like this doll when he was a child. He’s closer to home now, recently moved back to Connecticut from Kansas City, Missouri. I adore Peter — he’s quirky and amazing, and deserves a chance to soar to new heights, to fly, fly,fly!


MATERIALS: fresh water pearls, labradorite wings, and a found spike ring compliment this penny doll from Germany dating to the late 1800s. The spike ring was found on a dirt road by the seaside. It had been run over many times and now has a new life, as does the doll. Sterling silver clasp.



Bridgeport Art Trail City Wide Open Studios This Weekend!

  Come Visit our Studios and Play! The Nest Arts Factory Events for Bridgeport Art Trail City Wide Open Studios 1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT Bridgeport is an artists’ colony with hundreds of artists exhibiting throughout the city during the second weekend of November. It’s going to be a fun and busy weekend at The Nest and in my studio (#18)! We have activities scheduled on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday November 10. Bridgeport Art Trail Open Studios Saturday, November 9 from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday, November 10 from 10 am to 5 pm Visit the artists of the NEST…

Concert & Open Studios @ NEST Arts Factory October 11

LIVE @ NEST ARTS FACTORY Friday, October 11, 6-10 PM Please join me and the artists of NEST next Friday night! Don’t miss this festive and gala evening to benefit the Save the NEST fund!   Live concert with Rick Reyes & the new band Colorfields featuring John Torres and Scott Packham Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door (hurry, limited seating!) Art for sale in the Gallery by NEST artists Special drawings for gift certificates, prizes, and more Open Studios with more art for sale at special prices     Schedule of Events Open Studios 6-8 pm…

Kristin Merrill @ The Kershner Gallery March 16

Join William Scully, Ralph Levesque and me on Saturday, March 16 from  4:30 – 6:30 pm for an Opening Reception and Artists Talk at the Fairfield Public Library’s Kershner Gallery. The show is a brilliant exploration of emergence = the process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed. Come enjoy original art, delicious nibbles and wine! I look forward to seeing you. Bruce S. Kershner Gallery Fairfield Public Library 1080 Old Post Road Fairfield, CT 06824 PLUS…Don’t Miss “Jazzed Up!” live performance: Fairfield Public Library; Saturday, April 27; 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Spring Open Studios @ NEST Arts Factory This Saturday

SPRING OPEN STUDIOS @ NEST ARTS FACTORY Saturday, March 9, 2 – 5 PM What blooms? What blossoms? What comes to light? Wondering what your favorite artists have been up to this long and unpredictable winter? Come discover our newest creations during the SPRING OPEN STUDIOS at NEST Arts Factory this Saturday from 2-5 PM. Also check out The Associate Members of the NEST exhibiting works in a variety of media – oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, as well as mixed media, fiber and ceramic in the NEST Gallery. You can find more information about these artists and all of the Associate…

Save The Dates Two Shows in March!

In which Charlotte flies and jewelry sings.. Discover New Work @ 2 Upcoming Art Openings! OPEN STUDIOS @ NEST Arts Factory  1720 Fairfield Avenue, Studio #18, Bridgeport Saturday, March 9, 2 pm – 5 pm Visit the artists of the NEST and see lots of new and exciting artworks in the studios, the gallery and all of the hallways. The NEST Associate Members will be exhibiting new works in the NEST gallery in a wide variety of media. Shop early for Mother’s Day and spring celebrations! EMERGENCE @ Bruce S. Kershner Gallery Fairfield Public Library,1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield March 9 – May 5,…