Rita Cassell

Jewelry and Gourd Art

Art, for me, is the embodiment of joy:  bright jolts of color, fleeting memories, and dreams captured in tangible forms.  It is my prescription for a restless, yearning spirit.

       I come to it unconventionally, perhaps, and humbly with little formal background.  An erstwhile musician, vocalist, seamstress, and doll maker, I now dabble in rainbows of woven bead jewelry and painted and carved gourds.  I have nervous hands aching to give ephemeral things substance.  I am an accidental artist and perpetual seeker stumbling towards that joyful light.