Redwood Curtain is pleased to announce that wire wrap jewelry artist Nancy Jioras will be returning to the theatre’s lobby gallery. Rocks have become a passion for the artist and her husband since they retired and moved to Humboldt County 20 years ago. According to Jioras, “We were fascinated when we heard there were agates on the beach. Treasure! When we finally found our first agates we were both hooked.” Since their first agate find, the couple moved quickly from a small rock tumbler to a full, in-home, lapidary fossil shop.
The passion for rocks is a true joint venture between Jioras and her husband Red Jioras. Red is the lapidary artist who polishes all of the stones that Nancy wraps. She comments on the couple’s joint fascination with rocks. “Every rock has something different and often wonderful inside. That wonder just continues to grab both of us.”
Wire-wrapping is among the oldest forms of jewelry making. It is accomplished by using precious and semi-precious metal wire to capture a stone without the use of solder or glue. Jioras also uses beads in her pieces if she deems they will enhance the work. “I try to keep the stone the focus; but in reality it’s the sum of the whole that’s important.”
Jioras’ jewelry will be on display in the gallery at Redwood Curtain Theatre for the months of February and March, and through the upcoming theatrical production of Emilie La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight which opens on February 9, 2017. The Redwood Curtain theatre and gallery are located at 220 1st Street, Eureka. For additional information about Arts Alive at Redwood Curtain Theatre, Nancy Jioras’ jewelry show or the upcoming theatre production visit www.redwoodcurtain.com or call the theatre at 707-443-7688.