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High Strung for New Year's at ArtWalk

Article Published: Dec. 30, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
High Strung for New Year's at ArtWalk

Just in time for New Year's, ArtWalk is featuring the handmade jewelry of Ellen Russell. Her line of jewelry, which goes by the name High Strung, is made up of just the right color palate for a New Year's party.

Small hints of glittering color are found amid the cool grays, blacks and blues. Her combination of faceted crystals, natural, polished stone, glass and silver are inspired by nature, yet sophisticated in design, helping the pieces capture the atmosphere of the Appalachians at wintertime.

Venetian glass, colorful cloisonne, swarovski crystals, pewter, sterling silver, and copper are combined with faceted or polished turquoise, hematite, onyx, lapis, jasper and many other semi precious stones, forming high quality pieces at an affordable price.

Russell is a native of Blowing Rock and, after attending Watauga High School, received her education at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Her interest in jewelry began when she worked for a jewelry shop in her home town more than 15 years ago. She now participates in festivals and trunk shows, and has sold her jewelry internationally. However, her work has only been available in a gallery setting since she moved into ArtWalk this past spring.

Ellen Russell's jewelry is located on ArtWalk's main level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) Boone, N.C. 28607. Though ArtWalk is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m, customers may shop all the time at the gallery's online store. ArtWalk continually welcomes new artists of all media and ages to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email ( or visit

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Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.
For more information, contact entertainment editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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