Attention art lovers and fashionistas! A new contemporary art jewelry gallery just opened its doors. Keep reading for all the designer details!
The first thing you notice when walking into Ombré Gallery is the vibrant pieces decorating the otherwise white interior. Jenna Shaifer, owner and curator, recently opened Ombré Gallery to expand Cincinnati’s contemporary art jewelry experience.
After working in the fashion industry for over 12 years for designers such as Isaac Mizrahi, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor, and Talbots, Shaifer focused her love of design on contemporary art jewelry. She moved from NYC to DC after being accepted into the Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art + Design’s program for a Master’s in the History of the Decorative Arts. While in school, Shaifer also held a graduate internship position with the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Her internship offered her the opportunity to work with the Curatorial Department where she helped bring in the traveling exhibition, “Ornament As Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry From The Helen Williams Drutt Collection.” Shaifer credits this experience as the first time she became aware of contemporary art jewelry in theory and practice. “I met artists, collectors, and educators from around the world. And it was love at first sight!” says Shaifer. This is also when she began working at Jewelers’werk, one of a handful of contemporary art jewelry galleries in the United States.
Even before relocating to Cincinnati, Shaifer knew this city had a strong sense of art history. “I see gorgeous murals on buildings by Artworks, and Oakley has the amazing Brazee Street glass blowing studios. This city was just waiting to be adorned. I noticed that there wasn’t a gallery dedicated to contemporary art jewelry in the area. So, the timing was right to open a space,” Shaifer says.
“What is wonderful about studio jewelry in a gallery setting as opposed to jewelry placed in a museum, is that you can not only look at it, but touch it and try it on and feel the weight of the piece. As much as I love contemporary painting or glass sculptures, I can’t wear them,” says Shaifer. She sees Ombré Gallery serving as a place for people to be able to learn about the jewelry and the artists who make the work.
To Shaifer, the pulse of art is living and breathing. She says, “You can feel it when you find an artist who is passionate about their work. I also attend exhibitions and shows happening across the country and around the world. My job as a gallerist is to show the depth and breadth of what is going on in the Contemporary art jewelry world.”
Currently, the gallery is showing over 28 artists, but new artists will be added every week, doubling the number of artists in the gallery by this time next year. Starting this March, Ombré Gallery will begin featured exhibitions.
The first exhibition is called “Jewelry Edition” which is a group show featuring seven artists including Laura Wood, Kat Cole, Erin Gardner, Anna Johnson, Lindsay Locatelli, Barbara Minor, Bryan Parnham, and Georgina Trevino. The gallery will continue to have exhibitions throughout the year while also hosting artist talks and lectures.
Additionally, themed kids craft events for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day will be held for the whole family to enjoy. Ombré is also available to be reserved for private events. Ombré Gallery is located on 4011 Allston Street in Oakley.