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12B Wednesday, March 14, 2001 Bul!etin. Progressive, Rec~&l ° Graeagle artist focuses on jewelry creations for Plumas County Museum showing By Terri Nacar Portola Editor Graeagle resident Stephanie Hilton will be one of the artists featured at the Quincy Museum, now through the end of March. Hilton, who has been a resi- dent of Graeagle for 13 years, graduated from the Universi- ty of Southern California with a bachelor of fine arts degree in design. "It was, and probably still is, a fine art school which be- lieved that good artists have to be disciplined," she said. She remembers her profes- sor telling her, "If you're here because you think art is easy, get out now." The school had an attitude of experimentation coupled with good solid technique. Quality was another lesson Hilton learned while in 4;' ~,i~ ~i:!~ Hilton said it's fascinating to watch the and come alive. She begins with a vague ides beads tell her what to do and where each belong school. "Whether it was furniture, ceramics or fine art, the quali- ty of the work was heavily weighed," she said. Hilton said she designed and made furniture, jewelry, ceramics and oil paintings, among other things. After graduating, Hilton be- gan her career in art operat- ing a ceramics studio and de- signing homes. At the same time, she devot- ed time to her role as a wife and mother of two. For several years, Hilton worked with fabrics and stitchery, winning many awards in competitions. She has been featured in Lee Erin Snow's book, "Non- Loom Weaving" and "Quilts and Coverlets" by Jean Ray Laury. She has exhibited her work extensively in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area and group shows, including dis- plays at the Santa Barbara Museum and the Oakland Mu- seum. Hilton is also an accom- plished oil painter, a medium she has been using since 1983, with her work being handled al. jewelry creation Hilton said she enjoys using the best. the handmade beads because She said it is of the feet and the freer and watch it develop more textured look, compared keeps challengin to the smooth and uniform keeping an open look of laser cut beads, sign unique Her beads come from all adorn a woman's over the world, many of them coming a focal point Photos by Terri Nacar Stephanle Hilton is one of three highly accomplished artisans whose handmade items are on display at the Quincy Museum this month. Hilton designs and fashions a unique from india and Africa. They overpowering it. and sophisticated line of jewelry using exotic beads, turquoise, sterling silver and 14k range fl'om turquoise, ebony, "Unlike a lot ofF~e~ gold fill. bone and horn. to glass and ple buy my jewel stone, jewelry itself and When creating a piece, lot of questions by the Lake Gallery in Incline ist when it comes to her cre- When she sits down to cre- Hilton uses waxed linen tent or the meaning Village and Tahoe City. ations and it took her about a ate a piece of jewelry, shethread in two- to five-gauge piece," she said. She has also done several year to find good. reliableturns to the beads themselves thicknesses: when the beadsStop by the one-woman shows including sources for her materials• for help. are heavier, she'll use basket Quincy this month to ones at Truckee Meadows Throughout the years, "The beads tell me what weavin thread or upholstery exhibit featuring Community College and the Hilton has compiled an exten- needs to be done with them,thread, making sure the piece along with Cheryl Plumas County Art Commis- sive art library, which she us- how best to pair the many dif- will hold up to wear. ....... , , Greenville, who sion Art Galleryin Quitmy. es for reference and ideas,ferent styles and textures tO- Hilton said she can spend homespun yarn and Hilton said, to be a serious Buying materials for her gether," she said. hours creating a piece, buthas knitted, and artist, one must have a certain jewelry in large quantities, Hilton has recently moved doesn't notice the time be-from Quincy; who amount of discipline along she spends a lot of time sort- into sterling silver and 14k cause it's fun and relaxing• ing woven vests, with imagination and intu- ing them into sizes, shapesgold filled, blending the exotic Of all the mediums she's sweaters and ition and not be afraid of ex- and colors, style with the more tradition- worked with, Hilton enjoys perimenting. "I try to decide how best to During the past five years, make the beads come alive," Hilton has changed her focus she said. and is now designing and Hilton said art is being able making jewelry, to bring things to life through She said she is a perfection- design. I 000 Sierra County residents and envelopes. others with a heart for this Submit memoirs and short beautiful place are invited to stories to: Wendy Wayman, submit memoirs, short sto- P.O. Box 122, Sierra City, CA ties, poetry and art work for 96125. the annual anthology, Sierra Submit poetry to: June Vat- Visions IV. num, P.O. Box 236, Loyalton, All manuscripts must be CA 96118-0236. typed or clearly printed, dou- Submit art work to: May ble spaced on one side of the Manion, P.O. Box 161, Sierrav- page only. Art work must be ille, CA 96126. in black and white, no larger Submissions will be accept- than 8-1/2 x 11. Do not fold art ed until April 15, 2001. 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