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Shari LaBrenz

Kalamazoo, MI

I am a life long resident of Kalamazoo, MI attending Western Michigan University and earning a B.A. in Mathematics and French and a M.A. in the Teaching of Mathematics. After early retirement from a twenty-five year banking career in late 1999, I returned to a childhood love of art and started taking classes in fused glass. That experience led to the question of how glass cabochons could be set in metals and I found a passion in metalworking., with an emphasis in Cloisonné and Champleve enamels.

I consider myself a lifetime learner and a serious jeweler and work primarily from my home studio or at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL, where I make my winter home. My work has been shown and sold at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Gallery Shop and at the Armory Art Center and the Lighthouse Art Center in Florida.

I have attended multiple metalworking classes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and at Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Other workshops attended include FSGSE workshops, FSGNE Winter Workshop, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Metalwerx, Pocosin Arts, an individual class with enamelist Sandra McEwen, and Visiting Master Artists Workshops at Armory Art Center.

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