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Using nature as my inspiration, I endeavor to create expertly crafted heirloom jewelry and vessels. As an artist I receive gratification from working in noble metals that someday will be owned, displayed, utilized or worn by clients in their everyday life.   It is  my hope to have my artwork passed down from generation to generation.

Over my 40-year career, my experience as a bench jeweler allowed me to design, create custom jewelry, repair heirloom jewelry and problem solve.  I transitioned from working in gold to working in sterling silver.  The scale of my work has increased from small jewelry to larger tabletop pieces, offering a layered canvas to express my love of insects and nature.

I fabricate all of my work, which means I do not use any manufactured items.  Each piece is cut and shaped from sheets of metal.  Silversmith techniques are used to form the metal into 3 dimensional forms, which make my pieces come alive. Ancient metal techniques such as chasing, repoussé, engraving, granulation (a process that fuses gold to silver), saw piercing and many others are incorporated to add detail, interest and beauty.

The fluid lines and sensuous feel of the Art Nouveau era along with the beauty of nature is reflected in my work.  In contrast, the Art Deco style also resonates with me and allows me to incorporate geometric lines and shapes creating a completely different body of work.

Throughout my career, I have constantly challenged myself to evolve both as an artist and as a businessperson.  This is reflected in my constantly expanding endeavors, which include moving from creating only jewelry to working on a larger scale.  Whether it’s collaborating with clients to create unique, custom pieces to fulfill their desires or a mezuzah for a museum, I strive to incorporate beauty, design and superior techniques in each piece.


2018      R. G. Enders Gallery Prairie Village State of the Arts, Prairie Village, KS                           Visionmakers 2018 108 Contemporary Gallery, Tulsa, OK                                                     River Market Regional Exhibiton/Sounds of the City,                                                             Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO                                                                         identiTEA National Teapot Exhibition, Crafts Alliance, St. Louis, MO                               Women of the Arts of Kansas City, March, Kansas City, MO

2017      Wichita National All-Media Exhibition, Mark Arts Center, Wichita, KS                             “On this Earth” Exhibition, Todd Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO                                     River Market Regional Exhibition/Truth, Trust, Transcend, Kansas City                           Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO                                                                                               Finalist/Saul Bell International Design Competition Hollowware Division,                       Albuquerque, NM                                                                                                                             Pour Your Heart Out, Juried Exhibition of Teapots, The Worcester                                     Center for Crafts Gallery Store, Worcester, MA                                                                         Wearable Expressions International Juried Exhibition of Wearable Art

2016      R.G. Endres Gallery, Prairie Village State of the Arts Exhibition, Prairie                           Village, KS                                                                                                                                         Everyday Earring Exhibition, Eat Metal Gallery, Hoboken, NJ                                             Light, Space and Time 5th Annual “Seasons” Online Art                                                         Competition                                                                                       Re:Members Kansas City Artists Coalition 40th Anniversary                                                 Prairie Village State of the Arts Exhibition, Prairie Village,KS,\

2015       First Annual International Chasing & Repoussé Exhibition,                                                  Outnumbered Gallery, Littleton, CO                                                                                            Saul Bell Award Finalist Show/JCK Exposition, Las Vegas, NV                                            “Beyond Modern Metal Exhibition”, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

2014       Locust Street Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Kansas City, MO                                                        “Metal Extinction Exhibition”, Metalsmith’s Assoc. So.California                                        Locust Street Gallery, Group Show, Kansas City, MO                                                              Rivermarket Regional Exhibition, The Kansas City Artists                                                             Coalition

2013               Locust Street Gallery, Kansas City, MO                                                         2012               Group Holiday Show, Gerard Studio, Kansas City, MO                                  2006               Group Show, Winter Jewelry Extravaganza, Kansas City, MO                      2005             “One Word” All Women Invitational Exhibition Avila College, Kansas                                City, MO                                                                                                                                              Solo exhibition #8 Gallery, 16th & Locust, Kansas City, MO                             2003           “Bless This House”, The Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, Overland                                   Park, KS                                                                                                                                            “Ceremony in the Desert”, Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Musuem of Temple                                 Beth Isreal, Scottsdale, AZ                                                                                      2002             The Judith Altman Memorial Judaica Competition Exhibition, Temple                             Judea Museum, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA                          “Under the Chuppah”, Judaica for the Wedding and Beyond, Kansas                                 City Jewish Museum                                                                                              2000               ‘Living in the Moment’, Hebrew Union College, New York, NY                     1999              Goldman Art Gallery Invitational, Rockville, MD                                                                      Jewish Museum of San Francisco Invitational, San Francisco, CA              1996              “Vessels and Vestments: Contemporary Christian Liturgical Art”, Dadian                          Gallery, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC                             1994-1985     Silver & Gold, An Invitational Group Exhibition, Aaron Faber Gallery,                                New York                                                                                                                                            5th Annual KCAC Art Auction, Kansas City, MO                                             1993                Perfumes & Paperweights 20th Anniversary Invitational, del Mano                                   Gallery,Pasadena, CA                                                                                              1992                Perfumes & Paperweights ’92 Invitational, del Mano Gallery, Pasadena,                           CA                                                                                                                                 1991               Summer Silver Invitational, Zaruba Gallery, Frederick, MD                                                  Contemporary Reflections Invitational, Seattle, WA                                                                Holiday Collectibles, Sylvia Ullman American Cleveland, OH                      1990               Garden Art Invitational, America House, Tenafly, NJ                                                            “Contemporary Jewelry”, The Baker Gallery, Kansas City, MO                      1989           “Collecting Treasure: National Jewelry Invitational 1989”,                                                      St. Louis, MO                                                                                                                                   ‘Dimensions ’89’, Lenexa’s National 3-Dimensional Art Show, Lenexa,KS 1988-2000     ACC (American Craft Council Exhibition) Baltimore, MD                            1986 -1987     ACC (American Craft Council Exhibition) Springfield, MA                          1987                Topeka Crafts Competition 11 Topeka, KS July 20-August 22                                               Ranchmart Gallery, Leawood, KS                                                                                                 KCAC Invitational Holiday Show, Kansas City, MO                                        1986                Cooperstown 51st Annual Art Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY July 20-                                 August 22 1985                                                                                                                                 Topeka Crafts Competition 9, Topeka, KS


2018                        Inspiration Grant, ArtsKC, Kansas City, MO


2018                        VisionMakers2018 Hogan Award for Craftsmanship, VisionMakers                                    2018, 108 Contemporary Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2016                        Special Merit Award  Nature Art Exhibition, Light, Space & Time                                       Online Gallery

2016                        3rd Place Awarded   Nature Art Exhibition-3D Art Category, Light,                                  Space & Time Online Gallery                                                                        2015                         2nd Place Awarded   Prairie Village State of the Arts Exhibition,                                         Prairie Village, KS, Larry Thomas, juror                                                                                     2nd Place Hollowware/Art Object division Saul Bell International                                    Design Award Competition, Albuquerque, NM                                         2014                       First Place  River Market Regional Exhibit 32nd Annual Juried                                           Exhibition, Kansas City, MO, Juror, Antonia Boström of Victoria                                       and Albert Museum, London, England                                                      1998                        First Place   Highland Park Festival, Highland Park, IL               1985                       Merit award   Columbia Art Festival 27, Columbia, MO

 Grants Received

2018                        Inspiration Grant, ArtsKC, Kansas City, MO                            


2017     FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION A live podcast interviewed by Carrie                              Richwine                                                                                                                     2016    GUILDit Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO A live interactive talk

2015     The Kansas City Artists Coalition, RE:MEMBERING-archiving for artists,                        Genevieve Flynn & Larry Thomas speak about participating in the Nelson                        Atkins Artists Initiative Files


2018 Argentium Silver Guild Feature, Clare Felgate, Argentium Silver Guild Feature: Genevieve Flynn, Award Winning Silversmith, England, January, 2018                             Mark Arts, Wichita National All-Media Exhibition, Wichita, KS, September-October, 2017 Rio Grande, The 2017 Saul Bell Design Award, Book of Finalists, Albuquerque, NM, May, 2017                                                                                                                                Gabrielle, 2017 Wearable Expressions Curator’s Catalogue, Featuring the Ultimate in Wearable Art, Palos Verdes, CA, February, 2017                                                                Floyd, Sudee, Chasing & Repoussé/A Survey 2000-2015, Littleton, CO, August, 2015   Rio Grande, The 2015 Saul Bell Design Award, Book of Finalists, Albuquerque, May, 2015                                                                                                                                                     Benesh, Carolyn L. E., Saul Bell Design Award 2015, Ornament Magazine Volume 38 #3, pages 18-21                                                                                                                 Simpson, Janet, RMRE, Kansas City, self published, July 11 - August 22, 2014         Simpson, Janet, re:MEMBERS, Kansas City, self published, July 10 - August 20, 2015  Hartman, Tanya, Exhibition finds inspiration in Midwest annual River Market Event, spotlights regional talents, August 7, 2014, page C16                               Hemachandra, Ray, 500 Judaica, Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art, New York, Lark Books, 2010                                                                                                                        KC Studio, Renaissance Woman, Metalsmith Refines Art, July/August, 2009, page 30                                                                                                                                                  The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Calendar, 2005                                    The Kansas City Star Magazine, 2004                                                                                    The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, 2004                                                                                 The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, June Issue, 1997                                                            The Wednesday Magazine, July Issue, 1997                                                                        The Kansas City Magazine, 1985

Collections/Commissions                                                                                            2015  Private collection of Bai Ming, International Ceramic Artist, China                 1994  St. Peter’s Church, Kansas City, MO Custom sterling silver chalice
                          1990  Paula Abdul Poppy Blossom Mirror, sterling silver, Los Angeles, CA 
              1985  World Series Commemorative pin Ewing Kaufman, team owner, Kansas                          City, MO

Professional Experience
                                                                                                      2016     Artist INC Fellowship Awarded, Kansas City, MO                                                      2012-2013    President, Sterling Guild of Kansas City, MO                                                     1997-Present Instructor/Director Jewelry Techniques School                                              1989-2000   Director of the Baltimore Alternative Craft Show                                              1989-1997    Instructor Beginning silversmithing/junior high level
                                      1975-1982    Trade Jeweler

 Service to the Field

2018,  June, Award Judge, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO                                                February, Juror, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO                                                                      June, Awards Judge, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO                                                      2017         SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) Hospitality Committee,                          New Orleans, LA                                                                                                              2015, February, Juror, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO                                                   2015, June, Award Judge, Art in the Park, Columbia, MO                                                2000, Juror, Shawnee Mission East High School Art/Design Competition, Overland Park, KS

 Intensive Workshops/Classes/Education

2018                 Fabrizio Acquafresca, Intensive chasing & repoussé                                      2014-2015             Kevin O’Dwyer, Intensive class hollow forms                                            2012                         David Huang, Intensive focus raising vessels                                          2012                         Fabrizio Acquafresca, Using snarling irons on hollowware                2010-2014             Fabrizio Acquafresca, Intensive focusing Old World Italian                                                                  chasing/repoussé                                                                        1999                  Valentin Yotkov, Intensive focus chasing & repoussé                            1991                  Penland School of Arts, Metal forming/Heikki Seppa                            1986                 Heikki Seppa, Intensive focus anticlastic/synclastic techniques             1985                 University of Kansas, Metalsmithing/Hollowware, Jon Havener           1974-75            The Kansas City School of Watchmaking, Jewelry Design, Jewelry                                       Repair, Hand Engraving








Where to Buy

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