October 2, 2011

New Job, New Jewelry

I have been hired as the new Associate Editor for Art Jewelry magazine!

The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for me, but now I am finally settled in a cozy little town near Milwaukee, WI. A few months ago, I heard of the position available at Art Jewelry and decided to give it a shot and apply. Less than 3 weeks after submitting my application materials, I was offered the position, and started getting ready to move! Brandon and I have uprooted ourselves from St. Louis and are starting our new lives up north! If you are not familiar with the magazine, check out our website.

Though I have been very busy since we moved, I've still found a little time to work in my studio. I recently sent a shipment of new (and older) work back to Edwardsville for ArtEAST. These pieces and many more will be on exhibit at Main St. Art Gallery in Edwardsville, IL October 7 - October 29.  The ArtEAST tour is Saturday, October 15 (9-5) and Sunday October 16 (11-5). I won't be there, but stop by if you are in the area to see my pieces and many other talented artists! Here is a sampling of what will be there: Enjoy!

February 7, 2011


A few months ago, my long-time friend and colleague Jillian Palone and I decided to begin working on some collaboration pieces.  We went to Undergraduate as well as Graduate school together, and though we have the same metalsmithing "family," we have two distinct styles of working.  We began this project by creating  an individual "part" for the other person.  After our "part" was finished, we exchanged them and completed each piece, never communicating or sharing photos or ideas.  What a fantastic surprise to see how we each interpreted and used the "parts" in a finished piece.  These are the completed pieces that came out of our first trade.  I look forward to more of these exchanges in the future.  

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Annie's finished piece using Jill's "part"

Jill's finished piece using Annie's "part"

New Website

Along with getting my photo tent set up, I have been designing and publishing my website.  I found this fabulous FREE website design company called Weebly and it is extremely user friendly, which I need since I am in no way a graphic designer.  I have been busy figuring out all the quirks, and feel that I have finally finished it...for now.  I am constantly adding new images and content, but the main pages and basic information are all there.  Please take a look, and let me know what you think!


Ready to Shoot!

I have finally gotten my photo tent set up and I am ready to begin taking appointments!  It's a very basic tent made from PVC pipe, two sawhorses, wood, and a couple bed sheets.  I have gotten the lights I need and a really sturdy tripod, and the photos look great!   If you or someone you know is interested in having professional photos of their artwork, take a look at my website and contact me to make an appointment!  http://www.anniepennington.com

January 17, 2011

The Return

I'm back!  I took a brief hiatus from posting on here to focus on the holiday season and to make more work.  Here is a sampling of recent pieces I have been working on for a few past and future shows.

Since the time of my last post, I have participated in Main St. Art Gallery's holiday show, an exhibition at a gallery owned by one of my friends in Granite City, IL called APO, the annual ArtEast exhibit in Edwardsville and Alton, and the Rock 'n Roll Craft Show held at Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis.

I have also begun a new job and am in the process of getting a photography tent set up in my home so that I can shoot professional images of my work at my leisure.  I have been the metals photographer at SIUE for a few years, and though I am grateful for the knowledge I gained and for the use of the studio, I am ready to start photographing my artwork, and the artwork of others, on my own terms.  Hooray for turning a corner of my bedroom into a photo studio!  If you, or someone you know may be interested in having their artwork photographed, let me know!  I will have full details coming soon.