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Jill York O’Bright

A student of art for several decades, I actually became an artist when i learned to accept the serendipity in the product of my efforts. “Sometimes (if you’re lucky) art just ‘happens.’”

A Nebraska native, I learned to fashion my own way in the world of art at an early age. My college-preparatory high school didn’t offer art classes (claiming they were “a waste of time”), so I took private lessons at night. 35 years later, one of my drawings is still featured in the school library! I continued her formal studies at Omaha’s Creighton University. Over the years, I dabbled in a variety of art forms: pencil, charcoal, and ink; oil and acrylics; stone and clay. She taught art for a while (to students from Kindergarten through adulthood), but never felt she had found her medium.

That changed in the…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 1
  • Joined September 23, 2009

Favorite materials

glass, copper, silver, paper, silk, ceramic, metal, grout, found objects of all kinds

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About

Jill York O’Bright

A student of art for several decades, I actually became an artist when i learned to accept the serendipity in the product of my efforts. “Sometimes (if you’re lucky) art just ‘happens.’”

A Nebraska native, I learned to fashion my own way in the world of art at an early age. My college-preparatory high school didn’t offer art classes (claiming they were “a waste of time”), so I took private lessons at night. 35 years later, one of my drawings is still featured in the school library! I continued her formal studies at Omaha’s Creighton University. Over the years, I dabbled in a variety of art forms: pencil, charcoal, and ink; oil and acrylics; stone and clay. She taught art for a while (to students from Kindergarten through adulthood), but never felt she had found her medium.

That changed in the 1990s, when I began making jewelry. I traveled to Tucson to study under noted jewelry artists Kate Richbourg and Winnie Van Ryhn, and I took additional courses in metalworking, glass and silk-painting at the St. Louis’ Craft Alliance and St. Louis Community College. From these basics I developed my own style characterized by free-formed lines and strong color. Although there is consistency in concept, each piece is unique. More recently, I've been focusing on manipulating paper or glass & ceramic pieces to form collages and mosaics with my characteristic free-formed lines and stong colors, and my work in all three media has taken on a three-dimensional form... one of the things that really sets my work apart.

I still finds wonder in my accomplishments. I was recognized for excellence in free-form design in Krause Publications’ Wire in Design, ©2000, and taught at the Craft Alliance and Glasshopper Studio. My woerk also captured the eye of Christine Holden, then Missouri’s First Lady, who invited m to design and fabricate three pieces for the Governor’s Mansion. Those pieces are now part of the Mansion’s permanent art collection. I am a juried member of “Best of Missouri Hands,” the state’s guild for artists and artisans. and a founding member of the Gateway Mosaic Artists Association.

I work from my studio in St. Louis, Missouri, where I live with my husband Al, and Val our dog. My work is featured in galleries from Maine and Florida to California, including several of Niche Magazine’s “Top Ten” and “Top One Hundred” galleries. Special exhibitions include a show of 7 artists at the Art & Frame Gallery, St Louis, in May 2009; and a 4-artist show at The Zen Tree, St Louis, in October 2009. My mosaic, "Emilie in Glass," which featured more than 2000 hand-placed beads, was on exhibit at the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, Missouri, in 2010. A collection of my shoe last mosaics is currently on exhibit at the Prints Charming Gallery in Ladue, Missouri. Many of my mosaics have won awards. And now, thanks to etsy, I have collectors in the US and Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand! (My mosaics are better-traveled than I am!!)


JILLSJOY GALLERIES

Jill’s art is available at a number of fine galleries and shops, including:


ARTWARE, Hilton Head, South Carolina;
BLUESTEM MISSOURI CRAFTS, Columbia, Missouri;
CAPPECCIO DESIGNS, Noblesville, Indiana;
COLUMBIA ART LEAGUE GIFT STORE, Columbia, Missouri;
THE COMPONERE GALLERY, University City, Missouri;
FABRICATE, TOO, Greenville, North Carolina;
FANCY THAT!, East Amherst, New York;
THE GLASS BLOWING STUDIO & GALLERY, Benecia, California;
GLASSHOPPER STUDIO, St. Louis, MO;
HANSON'S GALLERIES, Houston, Texas;
MAIN STREET POTTERY, Chincoteague, Virginia;
MURRAY HILL ART & CRAFT GALLERY, Cleveland, Ohio;
MARILYN'S KITCHEN, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
THE PAINTED DAISY, Eureka, Missouri;
PRINTS CHARMING GALLERY, Ladue, Missouri
SIGNATURE DESIGNS, Moorestown, New Jersey’
SOLSTICE, Walan, Massachusetts;
SOMETHING FISHY, Clearwater, Florida;
STEVEN RAMM COLLECTIBLES, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
STUDIO 41, Benecia, California;
TAVECCHIA, Portland, Maine;
VIVA!, St. Louis, Missouri; and
WILDFLOWERS BY THE LIGHTHOUSE, Barnegat Light, New Jersey;
THE ZEN TREE, St. Louis, Missouri

Artist prints and prints-on-canvas are available at imagekind.com with your choice of sizes (including greeting cards!) and of quality papers or canvas substrates.

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