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Hands-On Pearl Design Workshop

Eve wearing one of her handmade pearl necklaces.
Eve wearing one of her handmade pearl necklaces.

Please join us on Sunday January 20, 2013 from 3 pm to 5 pm, for a special hands-on pearl design workshop.  Artist Eve J. Alfillé will instruct a group of 16 lucky participants who will work on a pearl (and gem) necklace or bracelet design right in our studio!

Participants may work with pearls and gems they already own, but wish to update, or may select from among the many strands Eve has in her coffers.

Attendance is limited to 16 participants, however, others are welcome to come and observe as special techniques will be shared about how to create jewelry with pearls and gems..

RSVP early if you wish to participate.  You’ll be asked to indicate the number in your party who plan to participate, and how many will be observing.  Call (847) 869-7920 and speak with Diane Alfillé, Pearl Society President and Spokesman.

Bring any pearls you own and would like to redesign, this may be the perfect opportunity to dress up what you already own, with a little help from Eve!

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Special Holiday Hours at Eve’s

Stop by Sunday December 23rd from 1pm to 5pm and we will be happy to help you make her dreams come true!

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For any last minute shopper who wishes to truly delight their loved ones for the Holidays, we’ll also be open on Christmas Eve from  11:00am – 5:30pm

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25th Anniversary Wrap Up

Thanks to you our 25th Anniversary party was a huge success.

Ribbon cutting photo from the 25th Anniversary Event at Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio
L-R: Mayor Tisdahl, Rebecca Arden, Eve Alfillé, and Diane Alfillé

Guests were delighted to see all of Eve’s jewelry works arranged by design series, with her new “Déjà Vu” series pieces placed with the original design series they were based on.  We were absolutley elated to see guests sipping champagne from glass flutes as they walked around admiring and trying on Eve’s beautiful jewelry.  Several partygoers had fun competing in our three “Guess how many pearls are in the vase” contests.  Three (3) lucky winners took home a pair of one-of-a-kind removable drops for coming closest (one winner guessed the exact number!) without going over.

It was also exciting to see many pieces find new homes, including a fair number of new “Déjà Vu” pieces. (Worry not, there’s more where those came from!)  And all of the commemorative double-swan pendants, that form “25”, were given to customers who purchased a new treasure of $500 or more.

Did you see our spread of  Party Pix in Chicago Magazine’s October 2012 issue?
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A woman tries on a necklace from Eve's new design series at the 25th Anniversary Event
A party guest tries on a necklace from Eve’s new design series at the 25th Anniversary Event

If you were not able to make the party, please come in and see Eve’s new “Déjà Vu” jewelry works.  All Déjà Vu pieces are designated by a ribbon attached either to the piece or the display which indicate that it is part of the new series.  Take a minute while you’re here (or more) to look at the wall cases for the timeline display of Eve’s 50 design series created in the 25 years since she first opened the doors to her Gallery & Studio.

Eve is not only a jewelry designer, but also a poet (holding a Master’s degree in Linguistics & Medieval Poetry).  Each artist statement describes her inspiration and images of a few pieces from each unique series. Whether you have been collecting Eve’s works for many years, or only recently discovered her, this is an eye opening body of work.  Keep in mind Eve was designing and making jewelry for many years before the Gallery opened, working & selling from her home studio, art fairs, and Galleries around the country.

Guests at the party scoured the timeline to find the artist statements for pieces in their own collections. It was really fun to see what all our guests were wearing, many wore their own early Eve pieces to the party; some of which pre-dated the Gallery!

The stories we heard were wonderful.  One woman spoke of her first meeting with Eve when a favorite Aunt brought her to Eve’s home studio for the first time.  She had worked with Eve and her Aunt to create a special graduation gift and said it is a memory she will treasure forever.   She thinks of it and her Aunt each time she wears her necklace!

A huge, heartfelt “Thank you” to all of you for your continued support of Eve’s Gallery! We could not have achieved this without you!

Speaking of parties, please save the date: Saturday, December 1st, from noon-6pm for Eve’s Holiday Party to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research. 10% of direct sales at the party will go directly to Team Fox.

Diane Alfillé

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Gem Stones & Design Inspiration

Q: Are there gems that reflect the vision of a series?

Dream Series necklace "Autumn Festivities" by Eve J. Alfille
Dream Series necklace “Autumn Festivities”

Eve: It depends on my inspiration and where it takes me.  In the Passage of Time, I like the colors of the rainbow in sapphires.  Most people know of the blue sapphire, however, sapphires have an exquisite array of colors: reds and pinks, violets, yellows, and a lovely subtle green like sumptuous velvet.

In Nature, especially the Organic Series, there are stones that hold a vision of where they came from in the earth: Drusy gems, crystals, and jaspers, all stones that look as though they were found in the road!

In Dream, you’ll see pearls, moonstones and opals.  All of these stones or gems have lovely characteristics of light that travel across the surface in different ways revealing unexpected colors.  Diamonds too carry the light, and the memory of the light, whether they are sparkling white, rough, opaque or opalescent, or even, magically, a shimmering absolute black!

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Looking Back at opening up your own gallery

Q: Was your goal or intention to open up your own store or gallery?

Eve: I participated in many art fairs and galleries until it made sense to open up my own personal gallery.  In 1991, shortly before we enlarged the gallery, I had a chance to interview with John Loring in New York. Loring was the celebrated artistic director of Tiffany’s. He liked my work.

I presented the idea to come to New York once a month to design and remain in Chicago where our gallery was taking off.  John’s memorable response was that our new relationship was a marriage.  I wasn’t ready for marriage, I just wanted a simple date.  I turned down the offer and continued down the path for a gallery reopening.  Our neighbor had moved, and we doubled our space.