GALLIPOLIS — Addison Coldren, River Valley High School graduate, served as the first artist in the Ariel Opera House’s Artists and Authors Series Saturday and displayed her silver jewelry work along with her painting and photography.
Coldren is a senior at Wittenberg University in Springfield. She is majoring in studio arts and specializes in silver work in creating jewelry out of the metal.
“It’s a new thing and I had worked in the Ariel,” said Coldren. “I expressed interest in having an art show so that friends and family friends might be able to see some of my stuff without having to come all the way to Springfield. So, I’m sort of the (test person) to see how well the space would work for art shows.”
“My focus and what my senior thesis is on silver jewelry,” said Coldren. “Most of my stuff is photography with some painting … I really didn’t expect my focus to be in (jewelry). Being an art major, you’re supposed to take one class a semester. I took silver jewelry and have been working with it since. I think molten silver is just the most beautiful thing.”
Coldren said as part of her senior thesis project she would be creating silver jeweled insects.
“For my thesis, the process starts with a dead bug, wax and finding where a stone fits,” said Coldren. “You use the wax and other organic material along with plaster (to create a mold).”
After which, the molten silver is poured into the mold.
As part of Coldren’s exhibit, she had roughly 20 jewelry pieces on display with 30 photographs and four paintings.
Coldren said the experience was a good one in that it helped her focus on how to make an exhibit a cohesive theme as visitors viewed each piece.
“You should have a flow so everything comes together and makes sense and isn’t jarring,” said Coldren.
Coldren said after she finishes with her degree, she will look at selling her pieces as part of an LLC with family and continue building her portfolio before seeking to apply to graduate school.
“She did a terrific job putting it all together (the show),” Lora Snow, executive director of the Ariel, said. “I have enjoyed watching her grow and develop her artistic skills over the years.”
Author R. Scott Williams is scheduled to appear as part of the series on April 22 to feature a biography about Odd O. McIntyre as one of the first pop culture reporters in US history. McIntyre was known to have grown up in Gallipolis.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.