October 12 – November 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Falling Out of the Box is an annual jewelry design challenge hosted by the Jansen Art Center.

In the first year 35 artists submitted wearable artwork in the first Falling Out of the Box challenge: Falling Out of the Box. Last year, 39 artists participated in the Take a Wrist challenge to create a bracelet inspired by a risk taker.

This year’s theme is Holding Space. Artists are challenged to create an object that can hold something – another object, a memory or feeling – it can be literal or figurative. Participating artists started receiving their identical Material Boxes on Friday, September 1 and have until Wednesday, October 4th to finish and return their finished artwork.

The exhibit begins on Thursday, October 12 with an Opening Reception at the Jansen Art Center from 6:00 PM – 8:00 Pm. During the reception, many of the artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work; there will be Live Music in the Piano Lounge; the Firehall Cafe will be open and serving from it’s full menu of food and drinks; and attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Awards.

Some of the artists will be posting pictures of their progress on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #FallingOutoftheBox. Otherwise, we all have to wait until October 12 to see the final creations, but we hope that you will enjoy the images on this page from the last two Falling Out of the Box Jewelry Challenges at the Jansen Art Center.

Artists included in the exhibit: 

Ash Amaya: Arvada, CO
Lauretta Bell: Surrey, BC
Tootsie Bell: Memphis, TN
Melissa Bird: Bellingham, WA
Constance Bush: Bellingham, WA
Julie Clawson: Austin, TX
Dan Coombs: Bellingham, WA
Amy DeLorenzo: North Haven, CT
Barbara Fasser: Bellingham, WA
Cynthia French: Bellingham, WA
Judith Gauthier: Bellingham, WA
Julia Gombert: Los Angeles, CA
Nancy Heille: Lynden, WA
Mary Frisbee Johnson: Waldport, OR
Sandra Lucke: Lynden, WA
Bobbie Marquette: Point Roberts, WA
Kathleen Mcgregor: Burlington, WA
Jules McLeland: Lopez Island, WA
Roger Meyers: Burlington, WA
Chris Mohnkern: Bellingham, WA
Cory Pitman: Bellingham, WA
Dick Price: Ferndale, WA
Liane Redpath Worlund: Bellingham, WA
Alex Rodrigues: Nacogdoches, TX
Gloria Shannon: Everson, WA
Adrienne Sheard: Lynden, WA
Jean Westgate: Everson, WA
Susi Wight: Bellingham, WA

Completed entries for 2017: Holding Space

Artists featured: 1st Place: Jean Regal Westgate: Blessings, 2nd Place: Bobbie Marquette: Where Will the Birds Go, 3rd Place (tie) Cynthia French: Captain’s Log and Nancy Heille: Truth Holds it All Together, Ash Amaya: Gratitude, Lauretta Bell: Chickadee Chapel, Tootsie Bell: Good Things Come, Melissa Bird: The Nest, Connie Bush: Granny’s Dipper, Julie Clawson: Worth Fighting For, Dan Coombs: Flying Saucer Plus Alien, Amy D: Gossamer, Barbara Fasser: Rebirth, Judith J. Gauthier: Treading Through Space and Time, Julie Gombert: Prayers for Humanity, Mary Frisbee Johnson, Holding [A Whole Lot of Junk In] Space, Sandra F. Lucke: There’s a Bowl, Kathleen McGregor: Burning Time, Jules McLeland: Purple Princess Glamour Girl, Roger Meyers: Spinning “A” Yarn!!, Chris Mohnkern: Holding Hope for Nature, Cory Pitman: Moon in Pisces, Richard Prince: Roundabout, Liane Redpath: (space)³, Alexandra Rodrigues: What Are You Looking At?, Gloria Shannon: Pearl of Great Price, Adrienne Patrice Sheard: Sovereign of Your Own Domain, and Susi Wight: Phoenix Rising, Holding Space for Peace

Entries from the 2015 and 2016 Falling Out of the Box Jewelry Challenges.

Artists featured: Bobbie Marquette, Courtney Jensen, Dan Coombs, Tamara Kelly, Connie Bush, Lisa Hopkins, Marie-Claire Dole, Judith Gauthier, Dianna Dreibelbis and Liane Redpath.

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