Thursday, March 6, from 6pm to 8pm at the Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove St., Evanston
The Pearl Society salutes the Chinese Year of the Horse at its upcoming March 6th meeting, Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm. The Chinese Dragon is depicted in pursuit of both pearls and jade, stepping stones to eternal life and wealth. At this March meeting our guest speaker, Scottie Perry, will discuss the many aspects of Jade. According to artist & Pearl Society founder, Eve Alfillé, Ms. Perry’s many years living in Asia have made her highly cognizant of jade’s major role in these cultures. Scottie served as docent in Asian museums, and has traveled extensively and amassed knowledge that is not otherwise familiar to westerners. This lively session is interactive, fun & not to be missed!
Please join us for this unusual presentation and become familiar with Jade’s multiple aspects. Be sure to bring your Jade jewelry for perusal & discussion.
Please reserve now! 847-869-7920 or e-mail Eve at email@example.com
Refreshments will be served
October 20, 2012 from noon – 6 pm
Eve J. Alfillé is celebrating 25 years since opening the Eve J Alfille Gallery & Studio in Evanston, IL, in October 1987.
Please join us Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from noon to 6pm, as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Eve’s Gallery!
We are having a party, co-hosted by Chicago Magazine, with live musical performances from students and faculty of Music Institute of Chicago, wine and sweet treats from Donna Goodman Potent Potables. Eve is working on new versions of her awesome past works for her new “Deja Vu” series to celebrate the past 25 years and move on to the next!
Alfille’s inspirations are singular in concept and rich in history as they are influenced by her European heritage, multilingual background, her work in archeology, as well as her formal education in business, historical linguistics and medieval poetry. She recalls how each became a stepping stone to finding her true life’s work. As an educator, field archaeologist and large metal sculptor, she found her true passion in smaller scale sculpture that is more intimate and
personal, the design and creation of fine jewelry.
Sun. September 23, 2012 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Eve J. Alfillé and a panel of jewelry designers will share their individual design approaches together with examples of their work. Each will describe how they would approach redesigning a client’s unworn family heirlooms. This promises to be a lively presentation. Designer’s samples will be available for sale and perusal.
Bring your own unworn Pearls to the meeting.
The Meeting will be held at the Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove Street, Evanston, IL 60201 from 3 – 5 pm. Please reserve your place now by calling 847-869-7920 or e-mail RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
July 22, 2012 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Wisconsin Pearl Rush historian and journalist George Johnson will be returning to The Pearl Society with friend and fellow pearl aficionado Norman Lange, (also a past Pearl Society speaker) will moderate a lively lecture and discussion titled “Wisconsin Pearl Stories”.
Lange is long-time pearl dealer of natural American freshwater & oriental pearls, among others.
Johnson will be signing copies of the Spring 2012 edition of Wisconsin Magazine of History issue featuring “Wisconsin’s Pearl Craze.” The first 40 attendees will receive a free copy of this issue!
As many of you know, Natural American pearls were extremely high valued in the nineteenth century, especially in the Art Nouveau era when the asymmetrical forms of nature were favored. Most of the Jewels from that era in European museums are set with beautiful American natureal pears, as opposed to the round oriental pearls. Of course, once the rush took place, the pearl-bearing mussels took a long time to recover, and pearls now are very few and far between, especially in the face of on going pollution.
When word got around that there were pearls to be found in the Mississippi and its tributaries, there was a big rush, similar to the Gold Rush, which until recently was not documented. Johnson spoke to our membership about the American Pearl Rush in March of 2011; and has recently published his article “Wisconsin’s Pearl Craze” on the subject in the Spring 2012 edition of Wisconsin Magazine of History.
This meeting of the Pearl Society is a continuation of last year’s discussion of the Pearl Rush, including stories of individual pearls. Together with Norm Lange, Johnson will go into some detail about identification and collecting of our natural pearls.
Seating is limited. RSVP below or call (847) 869-7920