My friends Andy and Kristy Stewart opened a studio at the art community 16 Main Gallery at 16 Main Street in Madison. Blue Rain Innovations studios opened on Saturday, November 20th. Their work is primarily based on antique and old silver dinnerware crafted into a variety of artful objects, jewelery and uniquely unusual usefulness.
Andy, who by day owns Mission Ready Supply (www.missionreadysupply.com a service disabled veteran owned HUBZoned certified small business) does the heavy lifting of preparing the pieces with a collection of hardware and tools that would make Norm Abram proud. These tools seem more mechanic shop than art gallery, but in the right hands they craft beauty out of what was once discarded.
Once the rough cutting, heating and reshaping is completed, Kristy takes over. Real creativity is on display as she takes a common eating utensil and turns it into a clever slide necklace, earrings, napkin rings or a soon to be perfected photo/recipe holder. I just don't have that kind of artistic vision to be able to see the final piece. Creative souls like Kristy can see the finished product in her heard and make it come to life. Where I see spoons and beads and wire, she sees unique and lovely adornment. This is why my wife and I are in business but spend so much time admiring the work of folks like Andy and Kristy Stewart.
If you have a chance, spend a little time on next Saturday at the 16 Main Gallery and see what Andy and Kristy are up to as well as the other artists, photographers and potters. There is an interesting mix of artists and mediums on display and something is sure to pique your interest.