Homage is a collection of 40 framed neckpieces created by renowned jeweller Don Stuart as a celebration and tribute to Canadian women throughout the ages and across the country in a wide range of professions and contributions to our society. As a contemporary jewellery artist, Don has used the familiar form of the necklace to explore history from a fresh perspective.
One of the oldest forms of human adornment, necklaces were worn by both men and women. However, from approximately the 19thcentury onward, they were predominately worn by women to denote style, status and wealth. Necklaces are archetypal symbols of power and importance and are a fitting vehicle to represent influential women in Canadian history.
As one of Canada’s leading gold and silversmiths, Don has earned an international reputation for his work in jewellery, hollowware and architectural installations. During his celebrated career, Don has received more than 30 significant awards for his artistry in gold, silver, platinum and diamonds, including the top prizes in many competitions. He has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions and has been the subject of many one-man shows. Don’s work is found in national, international, public, corporate and private collections. He is constantly in demand to give lectures and workshops across North American and beyond. In 2002, Don was awarded Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada, in recognition of his illustrious career as a craftsman and educator. At the investiture, his citation read, “his effect on Canada’s arts and crafts industry has been profound and lasting.”
Public Reception: Saturday, July 27, 1pm-4pm with remarks by Don Stuart at 2pm.
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