- Nov. 7, 2018
-- The Museum Store at Phoenix Art Museum will showcase a Jewelry Trunk Show featuring Arizona-based Rosa Kilgore Jewelry on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.
Kilgore is a 5th generation Arizonan from a family of artists, art collectors, and gallerists. From a young age she was immersed in the art world thanks to her family and is well traveled but finds herself consistently drawn back to her native desert. She attended The Orme School and DePaul University where she garnered national awards in jewelry making. Influenced by the artists and other jewelers in her family, she grew up watching her uncle Jesse Monongye make exquisite jewelry, as well as her mother Linda Margaret Kilgore, a renowned steel sculptor. Kilgore has always been drawn to the medium of metal eventually studying casting and fabrication techniques with a Navajo silversmith, Dorothy Jeffrey.
A trained silversmith, most of her pieces are first fabricated in silver and then molded for casting. Her work is created using the lost wax casting method, combined with other ancient and modern techniques, creating textured sterling silver and ancient bronze jewelry. Kilgore often incorporates freshwater (cultured) pearls, along with many semi-precious stones such as garnet, amethyst, American turquoise, pyrite, lava, and more. "When designing my jewelry, I prioritize versatility and personal style, I want my jewelry to be easy to wear and easy to mix, but still authentic." Going on to say that, "My goal is to create pieces that will be worn for years to come."
Kilgore's jewelry is textured, raw, and has a southwestern perspective. Rosa Kilgore works out of her pine forest home studio in Flagstaff and Studio AFUERA in Scottsdale. Her jewelry is sold in galleries and fine boutiques in Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Montana, and Arizona. Rosa Kilgore was the Artist in Residence at Scottsdale's Sanctuary Resort in March 2018. This past September, the metalsmith was featured in the Arizona Red Book Magazine along with her mother, painter and sculptor Linda Margaret Kilgore; and her stepfather, studio potter Nicholas Bernard.
For more about this talented artist visit RosaKilgore.com and follow her on Instagram.com/
heyrosakilgore. The Museum Store at the Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004. The Museum Store is offering a Storewide 20% off for Museum Members, 10% off for non-Members (discounts valid at trunk show, on-site at the Museum, only). For more information or questions, please contact The Museum Store at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 257-2182.