Bedazzled Chimacum makes its debut at Finnriver

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Finnriver Farm and Cidery teamed up with the Chimacum Arts and Crafts Fair on a new spring event, just in time for Mother’s Day.

May 11 saw the debut of Bedazzled Chimacum, which drew customers such as Ruby Moss from Irondale, even though she worried about staying too long, lest her dogs get too hot in the Saturday sun.

Moss was looking to get matching copper bands for both hands, to alleviate her arthritis, and Amber Manning, of Nubian Sun Jewelry, was able to oblige her.

Manning and her husband Larry came from even further afield than Moss, since they reside on Whidbey Island, and Manning was happy to share some of her nearly 50 years of jewelry-making experience.

“All of our jewelry is individually designed by the artists,” Manning said. “And the metalwork has chasing, which makes it stand out.”

Emily Gohn grew up in Chimacum, but before she moved to Port Townsend, she and her family spent some time in New York.

“He grew up in Brooklyn,” Gohn said of her 10-year-old son, Sam Gohn-Barnhill, as he picked out jewelry he thought would suit her from fellow Chimacum residentNancy McDaniel, proprietor of Two Eagles Arts and Crafts.

Sam knew his mom would enjoy pieces with silver and white, and Gohn saw the Bedazzled Chimacum event as a perfect lead-in to the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show that same day.

“I’m so impressed with what Chimacum has become,” Gohn said. “This is great.”

McDaniel recalled her “great-grand-uncle” owning a farm in the area, and echoed Gohn’s sentiments.

When asked about her approach to jewelry-making, McDaniel said, “I just make what I like, and if no one else likes it, it’s mine.”

Port Townsend’s Kathleen Zimmerman was on the lookout for more “unusual pieces,” and she was so taken by a “gourd angel” she saw that the artist, Quilcene’s Barbara Judy, drove back home to get more, leaving her husband Gary to hold the Beads of Spirit fort in her absence.

“Barb starts out from scratch with a gourd, then adds a ceramic face to it,” Gary said of the heavily embellished artwork. “She never has any particular plan. Her creations just flow from her. If I don’t have a plan ahead of time, I can’t make anything.”

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