Homage is a collection of 40 framed neckpieces created by renowned jeweller Don Stuart as a celebration and tribute to Canadian women throughout the ages and across the country in a wide range of professions and contributions to our society. As a contemporary jewellery artist, Don has used the familiar form of the necklace to explore history from a fresh perspective. To date, this exhibition has been presented at galleries across Canada as well as in the United States, and now will be shown at Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge.
One of the oldest forms of human adornment, necklaces were worn by both men and women. However, from approximately the 19th century onward, they were predominately worn by women to denote style, status and wealth. Necklaces are archetypal symbols of power and importance and are a fitting vehicle to represent influential women in Canadian history.
Homage is on display at Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Chapel Gallery from July 27 to August 24. A public reception takes place on Saturday, July 27 between 1pm and 4pm with remarks by Don Stuart at 2pm.