All last week during the Super Bowl activities, the name Sawyer Yards was repeated over and over. Did you catch that? That is where my new market, The Market at Sawyer Yards takes place!
The market is right in the center of the complex of art studios that opens noon – 5 p.m., for Second Saturday open art studios. Silver Street Studios is one of the buildings at Sawyer Yards, which is one of the largest creative campuses in the nation – a total of six buildings on over 36 acres, housing over 500 working artists and multiple independent small businesses.
Silver Street Studios is where a Valentine’s event, like no other, will take place Saturday, Feb. 11 from 5 – 9 p.m., called the Heart Stroll. Make it a date!
The Heart Stroll is a Valentine’s Day celebration with jewelry, art, sweet treats and even a Valentine’s photo booth. Seven resident metalsmiths, and their invited guest artists, will have their work on display, and for sale, that includes: jewelry, sculptures, paintings and photography.
It’s not often I am fascinated by jewelry, however Hege Nolop has had my attention for a long time.
Nolop co-founded the event two years ago and today shares the responsibilities with the other metalsmith at Silver Street, where they have become friends. Each of their styles is of their own design. The group hopes that many of the other 60 studio artists will extend their open studios through the evening.
Having attended my shows for a few years, I knew Nolop had an interesting background, and that she traveled back to Europe every summer. Naturally, I had to know how she ended up where she is now.
How did you get started creating jewelry, and what is the Paris connection?
“Our family moved to Paris in 2003 when my husband was transferred by his company,” she said. “Since I didn’t speak French at the time, I was no longer able to work so I stayed at home, took care of the family and ran a B&B. After several years, I started making jewelry together with a friend using beads and vintage elements we found at antique markets in and around Paris.”
Your jewelry has been getting more complex, tell me about that.
“We transferred to Houston in 2010 where I discovered Glassell School of the Arts and I took classes in drawing, silver smithing and enameling. After learning new techniques, my work developed from basic beading and wire wrapping to working mainly with sterling silver, copper and enamel. As a result, my work today is more complex and has more of a clean and contemporary style inspired by my Scandinavian background (I was born and raised in Norway).”
Look for a banner on Edwards Street. And hearts and flowers inside to guide you in, where you’ll also find chocolate samples, plates of charcuterie for sale, wine tasting and live music.
Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, 77007. Nolop is in studio 215 and find her online hegenolop.com.
More information about my show Saturday, The Market at Sawyer Yards is on my website.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market, find him at ArtValet.com