May Visual Artist of the Month – Sharon Schlesinger
I’ve always been artsy and creative. Over the years I branched out into various artistic endeavors and about 16 years ago I decided to concentrate on jewelry design.
I sold my whimsical designs in different local galleries and handmade artisan shows. After becoming a cancer survivor 14 years ago I wanted to do something more creative to keep myself “sustainable” by using more metals which led me to work with sheet metal which I cut into forms and texture design with different techniques.
I chose to do a small part in saving the Earth by working with pure non refined, sustainable environmentally conscious “green” metals, which are recyclable. All of these metals are sourced and forged only in the USA.
I use pure fine Aluminum and pure fine Stainless steel which are both hypo allergenic and will not oxidize for my silver designs, and pure Raw brass which is antimicrobial for my gold designs. The raw brass pieces should be stored protectively since they can develop a natural patina over time but can be brought back to the original finish quickly with a brass cleaner or an organic mixture of natural lemon and salt.
All of my necklaces can be made adjustable upon request. They also make great layering pieces to add to other jewelry.
I am self-taught and enjoy continuing finding new techniques to add to my jewelry line.
In my parallel life I am a Board Trustee for the Beachwood Arts Council whose mission is to encourage the development and appreciation of the visual and performing arts and provide access to quality art reflecting the diversity of Beachwood and all of Northeast Ohio.
I am also the Co-Chair of the music committee and arrange diverse programs for our Sunday Sounds Series.
Last but not least, I find unconditional love in rescuing for the last 30 years, abused and throw away Chow dogs which gives them so much love, peace, joy and a home where they will never be abandoned again!