Artist: Kathryn Ramirez and Ally Richardson
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artists
Kathryn Ramirez and Ally Richardson are both local students who travel from Huntington Beach and Lakewood to portray their very talented metal work. Ramirez is in her last year here at CSULB and she will graduate with a metal art degree. Richardson is actually in her last semester and she’ll graduate with her degree in art education. Richardson is furthering her education at Loyola Marymount University where she’ll work on her Master’s degree for art therapy.
Each of the pieces in the exhibit were very simple but they had a very elegant vibe to them. I enjoyed looking at the different pieces of jewelry and seeing how they sculpted them to be a necklace or bracelet or earrings. The pieces ranged from straight-edged necklaces to bobby pins that had a floral twist to them. Each piece had it’s own flare and it interesting to see the prices and how they differentiated in prices.
Talking to Ramirez and Richardson was nice and very insightful to hear the processes that were taken to get to the gallery and sell the merchandise. The overall product of the gallery was put together by current students and alumni and the duration for each of the pieces varied among the designer. I asked about how each item was priced and I was informed that it was dependent upon the person making the item – they took into consideration the materials used and the time it took to decide the price for their item.
This gallery was interesting to walk through. I was very surprised at some of the pieces and seeing their prices. Some of the items were, in my opinion, priced very high for what they were, but that was before I asked about the process of pricing. It is very possible that each of the items that seemed overpriced were priced that way because of the labor and materials necessary to make it. Overall, I really enjoyed walking through each of the exhibits, the metals gallery just stood out to me much more than the rest.