Melissa Osgood, Art Jeweler
Until a couple of weeks ago, we thought that our first resident wasn’t arriving until April. Then, we received Ms. Osgood’s application, which is so full of life that her personality and work nearly jumped off the pages. Practically speaking, Ms. Osgood is a jeweler who creates unique and beautiful jewelry; conceptually, however, Ms. Osgood is an artist who infuses ideas about the relationship between people and their environments into wearable sculpture that incorporates details of our surroundings that many of us barely notice.
Ms Osgood writes that “jewelry is a curious medium. There is always a story in jewelry — why people choose to adorn their body with cherished gems. I appreciate jewelry as a medium for relating stories about the optimism and sparkle of human experience. . . I do prefer to glow and shine on the exterior because of my greater need for collective positive energy . . . if I can share my sometimes naive positivity with others, I find peace and success within me.” And, indeed, Ms. Osgood’s energy and positivity are evident in her work, which is exactly why we’re glad she’s moving in.
A graduate of Boise State University, Ms. Osgood is returning to Boise after 11 years. During her time away, she studied at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. To see more of Ms. Osgood’s work visit her website: www.yellowm.com or visit the Lisk Gallery at 405 S. 8th, in Downtown Boise where her work is displayed.
Ms. Osgood will be posting to the Surel’s Place Facebook page throughout her residency, and she will be inviting the public to a show and discussion of the work she produces during her time in Garden City where she will surely find some natural phenomena to inspire her.
Update: ART/DIALOGUE and Emerging Artist Series
The ART/DIALOGUE and Emerging Artist Series have been put on hold for now because our primary mission at Surel’s Place is to provide shelter and time to artists in residence, and Ms. Osgood, above, was able to fill February and March for us.
We do plan, however, to host more of these events in the future, in between artists in residence. Last year’s ART/DIALOGUE, curated by Ben Browne, was well attended and received, and we know that any upcoming emerging artists events he curates will be just as professional, warm, and interesting. Thanks to those of you have been coming to our events, and please look forward to future experiences at Surel’s Place with our residents and local artists alike.