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Jennifer Counts jewelry at ArtWalk

Jennifer Counts jewelry at ArtWalk

Published: 10:43 AM, 08/09/2012

ArtWalk welcomes jewelry artist Jennifer Counts to its downtown Boone gallery.

As a self-taught jewelry artist, Counts started her own company, Grass Roots Artisan Jewelry, where she designs unique pieces of wearable art by forging and raising various metals, wood-burning and creating handcrafted components from wood, polymer clay or found objects. 

Her jewelry has been juried into Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Va. She is a member of Round the Mountain Artisan Network and her work, both painting and jewelry, can be found in many galleries and shops around the region. As of 2010, Counts and her husband, Kyle Buckland, have been studio artists at the William King Museum in Abingdon.

Growing up as an Abingdon native, Counts was immersed in the arts and culture of the southern Appalachian region at an early age. She credits her inherent inspiration from nature and her creative ingenuity to her Cherokee roots. Now, using any and all artistic media to express herself, she is forging her own path as a working artist in the region. 

ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St., across from Mast General Store, and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Artists of all media and experience levels are invited to inquire about booth rentals. For more information, email ( , call (828) 264-9998 or visit the online store at

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.