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Rhythmical Arrangements by Petra Class

Exhibition  /  27 May 2016  -  26 Jun 2016
Published: 15.04.2016
Rhythmical Arrangements by Petra Class.
Patina Gallery
Ivan Barnett, Allison Buchsbaum Barnett
Petra Class. Ring: Untitled, 2016. Gold, sapphire. Petra Class
Ring: Untitled, 2016
Gold, sapphire
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Jewelry maker Petra Class of San Francisco uses juxtaposes gemstones and high-karat gold to create pieces with a natural tension and beauty. She honors the materials by not over-working them. Her latest collection features pieces inspired by the color and excitement of the Jazz Age.

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“People see color and hear music,” Class said. “Rhythm is part of my work. So is improvisation, like a jazz beat. With my new pieces, I feel a freedom of movement, not as restricted as conventional jewelry would be.”

For Class, the beauty of gemstones is natural and raw. Her light touch as an artist honors the materials by not overworking them. She sets uncut stones into high-karat gold, for example, to create pieces in which the materials interact with a natural tension and beauty.

Patina Gallery owners Ivan and Allison Barnett recognize that an artist draws from many influences to find the inspired magic that becomes the finest art. In the case of the new Class exhibition, the inspiration is world-class performance art.

The opening of Rhythmical Arrangements complements the May 22 Lensic Center performance of Savion Glover, recognized as the world’s greatest tap dancer. Patina and Class conceived the exhibition in honor of the 80th season of Performance Santa Fe, producer of the show featuring Glover and a jazz quartet.

The rhapsodic style of Glover and the designs from Class share common roots. “I listen to music and my pencil follows the lines of the music as I feel it,” she said. In the way an improvisational beat takes hold of the jazz joint, the natural, vibrant inventiveness in Class’ pieces stirs the women who wear them.

“It is gratifying to contribute beauty to the human experience,” Class said, “I find certain themes reoccurring in my work, the rhythmical arrangements of several elements, repetition of similar forms or colors, the unexpected contrasts of differently textured materials.”


 Friday, 27th May 2016.
Petra Class. Necklace: Untitled, 2016. Gold, lapis lazuli. Petra Class
Necklace: Untitled, 2016
Gold, lapis lazuli
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Petra Class. Earrings: Untitled, 2016. Rose-cut blue sapphires, facetted tear drops. Petra Class
Earrings: Untitled, 2016
Rose-cut blue sapphires, facetted tear drops

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