Artist Demonstration with L. Sue Szabo of “Intense Adornment”: Saturday, February 8

Signature Enamel series, sterling silver and sgraffito enamel by L. Sue Szabo. Photo by L. Sue Szabo.
“Signature Enamel series,” sterling silver and sgraffito enamel by L. Sue Szabo. Photo by L. Sue Szabo.

On Saturday, February 8, from 4 – 7 p.m. 20 North Gallery and the exhibiting artist of Intense Adornment, L. Sue Szabo, will be welcoming friends and collectors at a free Artist Demo “open house” event. Guests will learn about the artist’s process through a detailed demonstration with an opportunity for conversation with the artist at the brief reception to follow.

Though torch-fire enameling is a traditional and stunning jewelry technique, art enameling programs are becoming less accessible to metalsmiths. Exhibiting artist Szabo will demonstrate the process of enameling on copper, giving attendees an opportunity to experience this traditional technique that is becoming a lost art form. Additionally, Szabo will share insight into her techniques in forging as well as other techniques used in her fine art jewelry.

"Stitch Series Brooch," sterling silver, enamel, vintage quilt and embroidery thread by L. Sue Szabo. Photo by L. Sue Szabo
“Stitch Series Brooch,” sterling silver, enamel, vintage quilt and embroidery thread by L. Sue Szabo. Photo by L. Sue Szabo.

The event begins at 4 p.m. with an “open house” reception featuring a cash bar by Venue. L. Sue Szabo will present from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Following the demonstration, attendees may enjoy one-on-one conversation with the artist at the reception where she will share her thoughts on artworks in the exhibit until 7 p.m.

In addition, guests will have the hands-on opportunity to make a small enameled medallion, as well as consult with Szabo about repurposing jewelry items already in their possession.

The event is free and open to the public.

R.s.v.p. for the event is not required, but appreciated, as attendees will have hands-on opportunity to create their own small, enameled copper medallions:
info@20northgallery.com or 419-241-2400.

The Intense Adornment exhibit continues through March 28, 2020.

Click to view the Intense Adornment exhibition catalogue (2nd edition), containing art images of the full exhibit, with artist info and commentary.

"Snow Globe Necklace," sterling silver and unmounted white sapphires by L. Sue Szabo. Photo by L. Sue Szabo
“Snow Globe Necklace,” sterling silver and unmounted white sapphires by L. Sue Szabo. Photo by L. Sue Szabo.

L. Sue Szabo (Toledo, Ohio) began practicing medicine in 1988, receiving an M.D. through the Medical College of Ohio (Toledo, Ohio) while studying art through national workshops, the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio) and the University of Toledo in Ohio.

Now retired from medical practice, Szabo focuses on metalsmithing and other art endeavors. With over 25 years of metalsmithing experience, Szabo’s artworks have appeared in scores of national and international museum shows, invitational and juried, receiving numerous awards, including First awards in the annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition (Denton, Texas) and Best Of  Ohio Designer Craftsmen (Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio).

Szabo has completed impressive commission work, including a major sculptural work for the JP Morgan headquarters in London and a 750-piece enamel sculpture for the British cruise ship the MV Brittania. Szabo’s metal works appear in over 20 books and publications including Art Jewelry Today 4Tales from the Toolbox and The Art of Fine Enameling 2nd Edition. Several of Szabo’s recent artworks have been selected to appear in Out of This World: Jewelry in the Space Age, an upcoming exhibit at the Tellus Science Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Filigree Necklace," sterling silver by L. Sue Szabo
“Filigree Necklace,” sterling silver by L. Sue Szabo.

20 North Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, Noon  –  4 p.m.
Or by Appointment

Click to view the Intense Adornment exhibition catalogue (2nd edition), containing art images of the full exhibit, with artist info and commentary.

For purchase inquiries,
please contact 20 North Gallery:
419-241-2400  or  info@20northgallery.com