The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Amy Vander Els – Amesbury
Learn more: @amyvanderels
Creative Practice: I have been designing jewelry, teaching workshops and painting professionally full-time for the last 5 years. I create all of my jewelry by hand using small-scale metalsmithing techniques. I intend my jewelry to have a unique style that is elegant in its simplicity, and just the right amount of unusual. Every piece is hand cut, shaped, forged, polished and assembled to ensure a high quality design. My jewelry can be found at numerous boutiques, galleries and artisan markets throughout New England. I craft my jewelry, create artwork and teach encaustic and jewelry workshops out of my mill studio in Amesbury, Mass.
Artist Statement: For the last 2 years I have repeatedly donated a percentage of my online sales to Our Neighbor’s Table and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
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