Poway art guild selects metalsmith as ‘Artist in Residence’
By Emily Sorensen
Poway resident and metalsmith Valerie Ann Bailey is the 2013 Artist in Residence for Old Poway Park.
In its third year running, the Poway Arts and Crafts Guild founded the Artist in Residence program to feature contemporary artists creating arts and crafts for visitors to observe a working artist and actually see the entire creative process that goes into a project. This year’s program runs every weekend through March 1.
“The Artist in Residence program is unique because the public can observe the formation of an idea from start to finish instead of just seeing the final project on display,” Bailey said.
A founding member of the Poway Arts and Crafts Guild, Bailey has been creating jewelry for over 40 years that is featured in a variety of shops, galleries and craft fairs. Bailey works and forms raw metals from scratch to create her unique pieces. Her jewelry has been displayed at the Boardwalk Craft Market in Old Poway Park and she has also portrayed a 16th century jeweler at the original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas.
For her time spent as the Artist in Residence, Bailey says she plans to work primarily with silver and focus on chain making and a variety of other jewelry making basics.
“I’ll cover a little bit of each kind of technique,” Bailey said. “I’ll go into hammering, texturing, the actual construction of jewelry, and some stone setting.”
Apart from the creation of jewelry, Bailey also stated that she intends to educate on the tools used and history behind her projects. Each week will feature a specific set of tools and creations built by those tools.
“This is a craft that goes back quite a way in antiquity,” Bailey said. “There are tools used 500 years ago that I am still using today. I love teaching the history behind them.”
The Artist in Residence program has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s the rich history of the craft, the actual construction, or simply enjoying the beauty of the finished piece and knowing exactly what it took to get there.
The artist’s studio is located in the Old Poway Park’s Porter House and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through March 1. For more information on the program and the artists, call the Poway Arts and Crafts Guild at 858-486-3497.
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