Looking around the gallery right now, I am struck by the number of times my eye rests on something aqua. Bridgette Minehold’s new body of encaustic paintings, with that lovely, restful aqua hue. Diane West’s new aquamarine rings, varying in tone from grey-green to light blue. Krista Harris’ gorgeous palette including the uncommon use of aqua in combinations that one only encounters in Krista’s unique paintings. Amaral Munoz’s long aquamarine and gold vermeil necklace. Pat Hartman’s new necklace and earrings in green aquamarine combined with sparkling apatite. Susan Kinzig’s artistic polymer and sterling necklace. All around me---aqua!
So, I am inspired to look a little deeper to see what our mutual love of the color might bring to light. Researching the stone, I am not surprised to learn that in the Feng Shui tradition, aqua is said to be calming and soothing (yes, it is that!) and carries the purification properties of water.
The aquamarine stone is said to bring empowerment and the ability to respond rapidly. It invites open communication, thus healing old wounds and encouraging forgiveness. In a world struggling with age-old conflicts and an environment in need of quick action on our part, aquamarine is what the world needs now. That, and love.
Enjoy the photos and come by and see these new works in person.
Written and submitted by Pat Hartman