Minka features Parisian jewelry and work by local artists

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Ceramic objects, large and small, by the dynamic Nicholas Nyland — artist and co-owner of Minka — are part of the treasures to be found in this unique gallery/boutique. Photo courtesy of Minka

Potluck Paris is coming to Minka Dec. 2 from 2-5 p.m. Swing by for a showing of this jewelry collection from three small studios all in the heart of Paris: Metal Pointu, Philippe Audibert and Cyclope. All three craft accessories with sterling silver over pewter for a soft, vintage luster. Potluck Paris is famous for casting jewelry from a mix of recycled metal (gleaned from old European flatware and teapots) and new.

The Potluck Paris jewelry collection is sourced from contemporary Parisian designers whose jewelry is on the cutting edge of fashion. French women are known for their ability to create outfits that look comfortable and chic. Their secret? Purchase a few key items and then personalize them with wonderful accessories. Voila! C’est très simple, non? There are chunky rings, hammered cuffs, elaborate bracelets and divine necklaces. Dress them up or down, this collection of jewelry serves double duty. Watch as Potluck Paris jewelry complements a casual outfit of a t-shirt and jeans and then transforms into evening wear looking elegant and chic with a little black dress.

Potluck Paris representative Andrea Stuber will be present at this showing to answer your questions. Designer Audibert has a strong following in Japan as well as the U.S. Cyclope produces a line once a year for which Potluck Paris is the sole distributor.

Also at Minka, Dec. 2 doubles as an opening reception for works by mixed-media artist Chris Wooten and sculptor Vlad Shakov. The couple will be on hand presenting their work. Wooten and Shakov are two locally-based artists of diverse talent. Wooten is a mixed-media artist who has developed her own technique of 3-D wire sculpting based on original drawings. Shakov scours the rivers of the Cascade mountains for raw stone such as jade that he carves into an elegant sculpture. These “semi-abstract” pieces often suggest various shapes and figures emerging from the stone. The work by Wooten and Shakov will be on view through Feb. 3.

Much more is to be found in the boutique/gallery, such as colorful, one-off scarves by Olympia artist and RISD grad, Julie Clendenen Simpson. Guests can enjoy wooden cutouts by Jeffrey Mitchell, unique ceramics and wild fabrics by Minka co-owner Nicholas Nyland and earthy jewelry and botanicals by Lisa Kinoshita, the gallery’s founder and the other owner of the store.

Kinoshita has exhibited at Museum of Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum, SOIL and the 2017 “Out of Sight” show in Seattle. She was the recipient of a 2016 Artist Trust Gap Grant. She was the founder of Moss + Mineral (2003-2016).

Minka is a design store specializing in hand-picked, artisan-made objects for the home. Minka is Japanese for “house of the people.” The gallery/boutique is located downtown at 821 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma.

The Potluck Paris and Wooten/Shakov openings are Dec. 2 from 2-5 p.m. Regular hours are Friday from noon-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appt. For more information visit www.minkatacoma.com

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