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Jewelry merchants team up for Ligonier Bauble Hop on Valentine's Day

| Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
re-purposed vintage items, including photo charms, vintage lockets and heirloom pieces are just some of the items that will be part of the Bauble Hop on Feb. 14 in Ligonier.
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re-purposed vintage items, including photo charms, vintage lockets and heirloom pieces are just some of the items that will be part of the Bauble Hop on Feb. 14 in Ligonier.
Jen Palmer of Tilley & Rose Photography shows some of the
re-purposed vintage items, including photo charms, vintage lockets and heirloom pieces froma personal vintage collection that once belonged to her maternal great-grandmother.
Bill Pribisco | for Trib Total Media
Jen Palmer of Tilley & Rose Photography shows some of the re-purposed vintage items, including photo charms, vintage lockets and heirloom pieces froma personal vintage collection that once belonged to her maternal great-grandmother.

Wearable art, accessories and more will be available for patrons to pamper themselves or loved ones this Valentine's Day at the Ligonier Bauble Hop.

Seven shops featuring premiere jewelry options will merge for the event, which will feature live demonstrations, artist meet-and-greets and light refreshments.

The public is invited to support local businesses and enjoy this unique shopping experience 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14.

“Winter can be hard on shops in the community and we wanted to create an opportunity to connect merchants with jewelry enthusiasts,” said Andrew Thornton of Allegory Galley, who put together the event with partner, William Jones. “We have participated in the Ligonier Art Walk and thought that this format would be a great way to shine a spotlight on the wearable treasures that can be found in Ligonier.”

Participating shops include Allegory Galley located at 215 East Main St.; Amica at 203 East Main St.; G Squared Gallery at 138 East Main St.; LHM Designs at 105 East Main St.; Main Exhibit Gallery at 301 West Main St.; Song of Sixpence at 209 East Main St.; and Tillie & Rose at 235 West Main St.

“I think the seven participating merchants represent an eclectic mix of unique jewelry and accessories,” Thornton said. “We hope that while interested parties will make a point of visiting all seven locations, they also take time to browse the other shops in town and have a bite to eat. It's a perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day.”

A demonstration at Allegory Gallery will show participants how to create customized charms and pendants by striking Impress Art stamps into metal.

“The results are wonderful mementoes with a favorite word, the name of a loved one or their initials,” Thornton said. “While the concept is straightforward, there are tips and tricks to creating clean, readable lettering.”

G Squared Galley will feature two new jewelers for the event, according to H Childs. Whitney Howard from California works in pewter and crafts quotable pewter cuffs with unique sayings.

Daphne Olive from Washington, D.C., will feature delicate earrings that are laser cut from steel and brass. They are floral, intricate designs easily worn for every day or evening wear.

“We like to support people who are creating their own designs and have a proficiency in construction that is immediately apparent,” Childs said. “G Squared is thrilled with the inaugural edition of Ligonier's Bauble Hop. The event will gives us a chance to show that work, perhaps to some new folks who haven't had the chance to get up to Ligonier. Valentine's Day is a perfect time for a jewelry stroll through our beautiful town.”

LHM Designs owners Lisa McChesney and husband, Tom, said they are excited about the Bauble Hop.

“Events like these are so good for the town of Ligonier and the merchants,” said Lisa McChesney. “Hopefully men will bring their sweethearts to town and shop with them. It's great to have a fun event like this in the doldrums of February and we're hoping people will come and have fun.”

Lisa designs fun, whimsical necklaces for her shop and offers a wide selections of jewelry, scarves, purses and gifts.

The McChesneys have priced items so that there is something for everyone. Patrons are invited to come in and shop and enjoy Valentine's Day cupcakes and cookies.

“I always think of jewelry as miniature, wearable sculptures,” said Mandy Sirofchuck of Main Exhibit Gallery. “A lot of thought goes into the design and crafting of jewelry, which translates into the perfect, thoughtful gift for any occasion where you want to express your love for another person. I think it's a great idea to have an event at Valentine's Day that focuses on jewelry, especially art jewelry.”

Main Exhibit Gallery will be featuring the work of several nationally-known jewelry artists: Michael Michaud, Elaine Coyne, Sergio Lub, Kathy Bransfield, Laurel Elliott and Dana Lea.

“Some of our jewelry is strictly decoration, but some of it conveys messages, especially Bransfield, Elliott and Lea pieces,” Sirofchuck said. “I often display the jewelry in frames, which gives the purchaser an idea of how to display the piece when not in use, instead of just storing it in a jewelry box. Even earrings can be artistically display on an earring tree or a ceramic earring bowl.”

At Tillie & Rose, local artist Lilac Brown, who makes tiny clay creations, will be working in the studio for the Bauble Hop. The Vintondale artist creates items such as anatomical hearts, books, tiny baked pies that are used to create the art and handmade items available in the shop.

“Since we do a lot with photography, and re-purposing vintage items, a lot of our jewelry pieces incorporate things such as photo charms, vintage lockets and even heirloom pieces from our personal vintage collection that once belonged to our maternal great-grandmothers, from whom we get our name,” said shop keeper Jen Palmer.

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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