Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery in Sedona, opens “Leo Feeney: Jewelry with Heart,” a Trunk Show to showcase its vibrant collection from this masterful jeweler. An Artist Reception February 2ndfrom 5‑8pm opens the new exhibition.
Leo Feeney creates with a particularly sparkling blend of opaque, semi-precious and precious stones; with intricate cluster designs, set in sterling silver, Feeney gives us necklaces, earrings, link bracelets, cuffs and rings. Original Leo Feeney designs may be composed of turquoise, in both blues and greens, gaspeite, spiny oyster, red coral, peridot, garnet, amethyst, citrine, topaz, or any number of other stones. Custom pieces that feature birthstones is a unique specialty of the artist.
"I begin at the center and work out," Leo Feeney says, describing his creative process for beginning a new design. "There is such variation in individual stones that when you get them laid out, certain stones are just drawn together. Once you get the right blend of stones to work with, once you determine the size of the design, you can begin the silver work." Feeney works seven days a week, a devotion that goes a long way in explaining the artistry and success of Leo Feeney.
Mark your calendars and stop by Turquoise Tortoise on 1st Friday evening, February 2nd, to select your perfect Valentine’s Day treasure. “Leo Feeney: Jewelry with Heart” runs through February 14th.