By David Rogers. September 1, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — There are songs written about a woman’s golden hair (America’s “Sister Golden Hair” comes to mind) and James Joyce once penned a poem (“Lean Out Of The Window”) seeming to beg for a golden haired woman’s attention, but none of that is likely to bring a smile to any woman’s face — of any hair color — faster than High Country artisan Ana Christina Godoy’s 18-karat gold woven jewelry.
Photographic images courtesy of Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery
An exhibition of Godoy’s craft opens today at Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery, which is conveniently located in the Food Lion Shopping Center. The gallery will host a reception for the acclaimed artist on Saturday, September 3rd, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Everything about Godoy’s work is purposeful, even if it stirs spontaneity in the mind’s eye.
Godoy has a master’s degree in jewelry design from Le Arte Orafe in Florence, Italy, and is a Graduate Gemologist from GIA, Los Angeles. She has taught jewelry design at the university level, and currently teaches the craft while also operating Godoy Jewelry Design Studio and Gallery in Newton, NC, in Avery County. Godoy has been featured in exhibitions throughout the Southeastern U.S., including in Atlanta, Hilton Head, Charlotte, and Blowing Rock, as well as in the greater Los Angeles, California region.
A quick glance at some of Godoy’s creations notices beauty, but it isn’t long before that quick glance morphs into something more, perhaps a mesmerized stare as you wonder at the meticulous patience that had to be literally woven into the piece. Fine strings of interlaced silver and gold laid flat, or perhaps snaking through other delicate shaped objects. Braided, entwined, fused, knotted. These are delicate, handcrafted designs, indeed, that capture the eye and catapult the viewer’s imagination, conjuring up rich images of days gone by and the richness of even lost civilizations.
There is an almost rough-hewn character to Godoy’s backdrop jewelry structures, providing a sharp contrast to the delicate weaves and makes them stand out all the more. Everything about Godoy’s work is purposeful, even if it stirs spontaneity in the minds eye.