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Posted on: Sunday, March 4, 2001

Exhibit by metalsmith shows work of 50 years

By Virginia Wagemam
Advertiser Art Critic

A retrospective of jewelry, sculptural forms and functional objects by Frances Pickens, a master of metalsmithing, presents superb craftsmanship combined with an exceptional sense of design. On view are 61 pieces created over nearly 50 years, many of which have won commendations in juried exhibitions held here and on the Mainland.

Frances Pickens

Honolulu Academy of Arts

Through April 1


The source of Pickens’ ideas is Hawai
i’s nature and culture, which she translates into sophisticated and elegant designs. Particularly striking and unique to our Island culture are two lei, "Ka Lei," made of gold-plated brass, and "Lei Puaolu," of sterling silver. Both are powerful expressions of the artist’s love and respect for her adopted home.

Exquisite bracelets that incorporate kapa designs are made of a marriage of varicolored metals — including copper, silver, gold and brass — soldered together in seamless designs.

Functional objects include a beautifully formed polished brass coffeepot with teak handle.

Pickens, who has lived in Hawaii since 1962, taught at Kamehameha Schools, heading the art department for 20 years until she retired in 1985 to have more time for her jewelry making.

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