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NMSU art students create one-of-a-kind jewelry for annual sale

Jewelry and metalsmithing students in the New Mexico State University Department of Art will host their 33rd annual jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, in the lobby of D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University, next to Barnes & Noble.

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This flower brooch by student Alexandra Steele was created using copper, gold, plastic and ink. This item will be available for purchase during this year's NMSU Department of Art jewelry sale, Nov. 9. (Submitted photo)
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NMSU student Jeffery Seik created these etched copper American Sign Language pins. They are among the many items that will be available for purchase during this year's Department of Art jewelry sale, taking place in the lobby of D.W. Williams Hall on Nov. 9. (Submitted photo)

?We have been doing this sale for more than 30 years, and all the jewelry is one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces by our students,? said Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. ?The students have been learning metalsmithing and jewelry skills, as well as professional artist practices. It is a rewarding experience for them to sell their pieces with direct feedback from the audience.?

Items available for purchase include earrings, pins, necklaces and rings. Materials used to create the jewelry include the traditional ? silver, copper, bronze ? as well as the non-traditional ? wood, plants, fabric and plastic.

The profits from this sale will be used to support the activities of NMSU students in the jewelry and metalsmithing area.

?I am so proud of all of my students,? Furuhashi said. ?They are very talented, motivated, innovative, unique, hard working; they execute challenges and create fabulous works.?

For more information, contact Motoko Furuhashi at 575-646-1238 or motoko@nmsu.edu, or visit the event?s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NMSUjewelrysale.

This sale is open to the public. Visitors should log on to http://auxadminforms.nmsu.edu/ParkingForms/ePermit.aspx for a free parking pass.