Out On A Limb: Contemporary Wood Jewelry

February 26 - June 17, 2012

Out on a Limb features the work of emerging and established artists that use wood as the primary medium for jewelry and adornment. Long utilized in objects of wear, wood immediately connects the body to the natural landscape while simultaneously offering compelling color, pattern and texture or a pliable surface to manipulate. Those whose works are featured in this exhibition are drawn to the material for both conceptual and aesthetic reasons. Whether carving, painting, appropriating, or otherwise manipulating, they stretch the boundaries of how we understand a familiar material.

Exhibition Gallery Guide

Metalsmith, Volume 32/No. 3/ 2012 featured artist Gustav Reyes



Michael Dale Bernard, Liv Blavarp, Christine Brandt, Gillion Carrara, Sharon Church, Daniel DiCaprio, Julia Harrison, Sukyo Jang, Bruce Metcalf, Edgar Mosa, Tina Rath, Gustav Reyes, Julia Turner, Flora Vagi, and Julia Walter.


Metalsmith, Volume 32/Number 3/2012 - Featuring Gustav Reyes

Ornament, May 2012

Out on a Limb Media Release


Daniel DiCaprio
Maneater, 2008
Dyed lemonwood, 22k and 14k gold
3 x 2 x 3 inches
Collection of the Artist
Flora Vagi
Papavero, 2009
Oak, enamel, and steel
Bruce Metcalf
Flameflower, 2009
Maple, holly wood, and 24k-goldplated brass
6 x 4 inches
Collection of the Artist

Out on a Limb: Contemporary Wood Jewelry is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, Jay Price Ruffo, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., and Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, and Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., and Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, and Runzheimer Foundation