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INSPIRATION
Beth's designs are inspired by the natural environment in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The shoreline of Lake Superior is a constant source of influence, some of her favorites are the pebble beaches and the cresting waves. Her designs feature chickadees, wood peckers, waves, trees, butterflies and flowers from her local environment. She finds nature an endless source of inspiration.

DESIGN

Beth is often photographing scenes in her backyard, or sketching and painting them from her imagination. She loves going for camping excursions and road trips around Lake Superior to find her ideas for designs. Beth collects Lake Superior Agates on her travels that are used in some of our finished jewelry. She also has an exclusive line of artisan goods produced from her marker drawings and paintings. The artisan goods collection also features collaboratively designed belt buckles, and wallets made by local artists.

PROCESS

The drawings, paintings and photographs Beth creates are used to make paper templates that are glued to the metal allowing the studio to make matching earrings, pendants and repeating design elements. Beth and her team hand fabricate many of the pieces of jewelry using the jewelers saw, files, sand paper and hammers. They also use a the lost wax casting process in the studio above the storefront. This process involves mold making and working with wax and plaster. Wax models are surrounded with a plaster-like substance. The wax is melted out of the plaster, then molten silver or gold is injected where the wax once was. They also do lapidary work used to cut and polish some of the agates used in the finished jewelry.

Work
Owner, Beth Millner Jewelry; Marquette, MI 2007-present
Design, fabrication, casting of sterling silver, copper, brass and gold jewelry.
Professor, Northern Michigan University; Marquette, MI Fall 2020  
Jewelry fabrication, casting and sculpture
Instructor, Bella Beads; Marquette, MI - 2007-2012
Silversmithing classes including basic skills for jewelry fabrication.  
Instructor, Peninsula School of Arts; Fish Creek, WI - 2014
Silversmithing class including basic skills for jewelry fabrication.  
Education
2019 - Mokume-Gane with Eric Burris; Lillstreet Arts Center; Chicago, IL
2018 - Nash Quinn Workshop - Spring-Based Mechanisms; Oregon College of Art and Design; Portland, OR
2013 - Jayne Redman Workshop - Making Multiples with Blanking Dies & Jigs for Multiples; Nokomis, FL
2008 - Northern Michigan University; Marquette, MI— Bachelor of Fine Arts
AFFILATION
2015-2018 Vice President, Marquette Area Chamber of Commerce; Marquette, MI 
2015 Advisory Committee for The Arts and Culture Master Plan; Marquette, MI
2014-2015 Mentor, Student Leader Fellowship Program; Marquette, MI
2014-2016 Board Member, Accelerate UP; Marquette, MI
2013-2018 Board Member, Northern Initiatives; Marquette, MI
2013 Vice President, UP WITH LOCAL; Marquette, MI 
MEMBERSHIP
2016 Member - Professional, American Craft Council; Minneapolis, MN
2016 Member, Society of North American Goldsmiths; Eugene, OR
2015 Member - Marquette Chamber of Commerce; Marquette, MI
2011 Member, Lake Superior Art Association; Marquette, MI
2011 Member, Michigan Silversmiths Guild; Ann Arbor, MI 
PUBLICATIONS
2020 UP Business Today; Escanaba, MI; jewelry, masks
2016 Alumni Magazine; Northern Michigan University Alumni Association, Marquette, MI; jewelry
2014 UP Business Today; Escanaba, MI; jewelry
2014 1000 Beads Lark Books/Lark Crafts Asheville, NC; jewelry.
AWARDS
2021 American Handcrafted; Best New Artist; Philadelphia, PA; jewelry.
2021 IndieMe Marketplace Artist Contest; Third Place; Cleveland, OH; jewelry.
2020 Women Owned Small Business of the Year; Small Business Administration of Michigan; jewelry.
2018 Outstanding Young Alumni, Northern Michigan University Alumni Association, Marquette, MI; jewelry.
2017 Artist Network Prize, Northern Exposure Exhibit; Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI; jewelry.
2012 Special Recognition Individual, Marquette County Annual Arts Award; Marquette, MI; jewelry.
2010 Best in Show; Hiawatha Music Festival; Marquette, MI; jewelry. 
2010 People’s Choice Award; Art for All; Menominee, MI; jewelry
2009 Most Promising New Artist; Award of Excellence 2nd Place; Art in the Park; Iron Mountain, MI; jewelry. 
2007 Best of Show; The Third Dimension, Northern Michigan University; Marquette, MI, jewelry, 
2007 Best of Jewelry Award; Sault Summer Arts Festival; Sault Saint Marie, MI; jewelry.
2007 Best in Show, Hiawatha Music Festivals Artist in the Round; Marquette, MI; jewelry.
2002 Twin County Free Clinic Logo Contest; Marinette, WI; pen and ink drawing.
2001 Nature Conservancy Poster Contest; Second Place; Marinette, WI; pen and ink.
EXHIBITIONS
2019 Halstead Design Challenge; SNAG LOOP Conference; Chicago, IL; jewelry.
2018 Halstead Design Challenge; SNAG PDX Conference; Portland, OR; jewelry.
2017 North of the 45th, Devos Art Museum; Marquette, MI; sculpture.
2017 Northern Exposure, Bonifas Art Center; Escanaba, MI; sculpture.
2013 The Nature of Jewelry, Peninsula School of Art; Fish Creek, WI; jewelry.
2013 Observations & Abstractions of Nature, Marquette Arts & Culture Center: Marquette, MI; paintings
2012 Zero Degrees Group Exhibition, Sweet Water Cafe; Marquette, MI; paintings.
2011 Seasonal Transformations in Metal, Reflection Gallery, Finlandia University; Hancock, MI; jewelry
2011 Solo Exhibition, Baby Cakes; Marquette, MI; jewelry
2008 Student Exhibition, Marquette Arts and Culture Center; Marquette, MI; jewelry
2007 Swan Song, Northern Michigan University; Marquette, MI; jewelry
2007 The Third Dimension, Northern Michigan University; Marquette, MI; jewelry
2007 Syndicate, Northern Michigan University; Marquette, MI; jewelry
2007 Finite, Northern Michigan University; Marquette, MI; jewelry
2007 Extrapolate, Northern Michigan University; Marquette, MI; jewelry
2005 Student Exhibit, University of Wisconsin; Marinette, WI; paintings
2005 Student Exhibit, University of Wisconsin; Marinette, WI; paintings
2004 Solo Exhibition, Blue Moon Coffeehouse; Neenah, WI; paintings
Judging and Jurying
2018 Marquette Arts and Cultural Center; Jury Committee; Marquette, MI
2018 Art on the Rocks - Student Exhibition; Marquette, MI
2016 Art on the Rocks - Jury Committee; Marquette, MI
2016 Smart Prize - Awards Judge; Marquette, MI
2014 Art on the Rocks - Show Judge; Marquette, MI
CONFERENCES
2019 Revolve Creative Conference, Marquette, MI
2019 Society of North American Goldsmiths, Snag LOOP Conference; Chicago, IL
2018 Society of North American Goldsmiths, Snag PDX Conference; Portland, OR
2017 Society of North American Goldsmiths, Snag NOLA Conference; New Orleans, LA
2016 Society of North American Goldsmiths, Snag NEXUS Conference; Asheville, NC
Speaking Engagements
2020Women in Entrepreneurship Conference; Marquette, MI
2019 Revolve Creative Conference; Marquette, MI
2019 Marketing Webinar; Northern initiatives; Marquette, MI 
2018 Panel Presentation Beta Alph Phi; Northern Michigan University; Marquette, MI 
2018 If I Only Knew, Systems in the Workplace; Marquette Chamber of Commerce; Marquette, MI
2016 Smart Summit Conference; Marquette, MI
2015 Northern Michigan University - Entrepreneurship Conference; Marquette, MI
2014 Northern Michigan University - Entrepreneurship Conference; Marquette, MI
GALLERIES
Gallery on 5th ; Calumet, MI - Lake Superior Magazine; Duluth, MN - Michilimackinac Historical Society; St. Ignace, MI - Sanctuary Handcrafted Goods; Traverse City, MI - Apple Blossom Mercantile; Houghton, MI - Vertin Gallery; Calumet, MI - Polar Bear Production; Ontonagon, MI - Northern Michigan University Art Store; Marquette, MI - Worker B; Mall of America, Bloomington, MN - Waters of Superior; Duluth, MN - Eckels Pottery; Bayfield, WI - Open Wings Gallery; Munising, MI - Marquette Regional History Center; Marquette, MI - Campbell St Gallery; Grand Marais, MI - Domaci Gallery; Rogers City, MI - Hanni Gallery; Harbor Springs, MI - Sleeping Bear Gallery; Empire, MI - Main Branch Gallery; Grayling, MI - Poesy Gallery; Royal Oak, MI - Sturgeon River Pottery; Petoskey, MI - Polar Bear Gallery; Ontonogan, MI - Shades of Green Artist Gallery; Menominee, MI - Rainbow Gifts and Yarn; Norway, MI - Latulip Pottery; Garden, MI - The Gathered Earth; Appleton, WI - Cappaert Contemporary Gallery; Egg Harbor, WI - Waters of Superior; Duluth, MN - Market Earth; Fort Myers, FL - Perch; San Francisco, CA
Art Fairs 2007-2012
Art on the Rocks; Marquette, MI - Art in the Park; Iron Mountain, MI - Art for All; Menominee, MI - Eagle Harbor Art Fair; Eagle Harbor, MI - Copper Harbor art in the Park; Copper Harbor, MI - Harvest Gathering; Lake City, MI - Poor Artist Sale; Calumet, MI - Bonifas Holiday Art Show; Escanaba, MI - Michigan State University Arts and Crafts Show; East Lansing; MI - Houghton Spring - Arts and Music Festival; Houghton, MI - Marquette Arts and Culture Center Holiday Art Show; Marquette, MI - Cape Coral Festival of Arts; Cape Coral, FL - Bluegrass on the Beach; Lake Havasu, AZCircle of Art; Borrego Springs, CA - Encintas Street Fair; Encintas, CA - Venice-Nokomis Rotary Art Fair; Venice, FL - Hiawatha; Marquette, MI - Wheatland; Remus, MI - Blissfest; Harbor Springs, MI - Dunegrass; Empire, MI - Farmfest; Johannesburg, MI

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.