For CONTRASTS. Jewelry designer Reneé Hafeman. September 7-25.

Abstract modernist pendant inset with genuine opal gemstone with sterling silver necklace by vintage jewelry designer Reneé Hafeman.

Hallmarked by the artist.

Mid-Century modernist  Rhodochrosite cabochon pendant with a .925 sterling silver chain by vintage jewelry designer Reneé Hafeman.

Authenic hallmark reads Theodor Klotz, 1960’s.

“Rhodochrosite is a gemstone that ranges in color from light pink to bright red. A specimen with a wonderful pink color is highly desirable. o gemstone is more luscious-looking and elegant than rhodochrosite.”

Abstract modernist pendant with aqua-blue cabochons and gold-filled chain by vintage jewelry designer Reneé Hafeman.

“A cabochon is a gemstone that has been shaped and polished instead of faceted. The resulting form is a convex (rounded) obverse with a flat reverse.”

Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway St., located in the Historic Gilbert Block Building

 CONTRASTS is an exhibition showing art from selected regional artists using bright, abstract palettes – electric yellows, brilliant blues, wild reds, and shining greens, and displaying only black and white tones found in the natural world.

CONTRASTS, an exhibition of contemporary art representing the finest in painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, and more—from selected regional, local, and emerging artists.

Featuring abstract artists Bill Baily, Gregory Bell, Tanya Gardner, Agnes Field, Sharon Johnson, Jan Rimerman, and Russell J. Young.

Gayle H. Seely, mosaic-bead artist, will reveal bright, new contemporary work.

Renee Hafeman will be featuring mid-century abstract designs in vintage jewelry.

“Reneé Hafeman’s multi-dimensional, abstract jewelry takes angular, linear, circular shapes to create jewelry that’s more like modern art.” D. Fairweather, gallerist. 

Reneé Hafeman


Five questions for Reneé Hafeman:

When did your love of jewelry begin? 

      “When I was a child, my grandmother Connie had many velvet-lined jewelry boxes full of costume jewelry. When I visited her, she carefully took out each box, and I would play with her jewelry for hours, always taking special care. She loved to watch me play with them and admire each piece, large stoned rings that fit two of my small fingers and necklaces so beautiful, I felt like a princess.”


Your favorite piece of jewelry?

     “My antique diamond necklace that I wear every day.”


The first piece you designed? 

     “I think it was a necklace made of bits and pieces that I had accumulated for many years and pieced together with different chains; I wish I had a picture, but then again, maybe not!”


Your source of inspiration?

“I have many sources of inspiration! My son, Colton, my husband, Mike, my mother, Pauline, and my grandmother, Connie.”


The one piece of jewelry you wish you owned? 

     “My grandmother’s special ring, designed by her mother over 100 years ago, made of platinum, emeralds, and diamonds, she wore only for special occasions. Sadly, it was lost many years ago.”


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