Beautiful & Inspirational Jewelry: Angela Lensch Gallery
By Laurel Ciohon
As I stepped into the gorgeous space that is Angela Lensch Gallery, I was instantly in awe. Natural light and track lighting made each piece of jewelry and art in the gallery pop from every angle. The attention paid to even the smallest details is what clearly makes Angela Lensch Gallery stand out from the rest. Everything from the black walnut wooden shelves foraged from Angela’s parents farm in Iowa, to the colorful, recycled sari-wrapped beadwork from India, to the gorgeous handmade mosaic sign with the initials ‘AL’ were all stunningly eye-catching.
All of Angela Lensch’s jewelry, or, shall I say, wearable art, is hand-sculpted in silver and gold, then weaved with gemstones, pearls, wood, bone or shell to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are more than just jewelry items. You can feel the love and passion Angela puts into each piece when you look closely to the details of her work. Each piece is then strategically and thoughtfully placed throughout the gallery, all complimenting each other.
I got to meet the lovely Angela Lensch this fall as she enthusiastically showed me around her gallery, which was previously the Ohman family log home on the south end of Egg Harbor on Hwy. 42. Angela told me she grew up on a farm outside of Decorah, IA and received her BFA in Sculpture and Furniture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She moved to Door County in 2002 where she worked at the Hardy Gallery and Peninsula Art School. Focusing on jewelry creation, Angela opened her own gallery on May 7, 2014.
Angela not only features her own wearable art in her gallery, but the creations of other local artists as well. There are presently 12 artists on display at Angela Lensch Gallery, including Dan Eggert’s photography art and Sally Slattery’s unique handmade items, as well as pieces from college friends.
Angela’s goal is “to make a bigger impact on the world through my art of jewelry!” which does every day in Door County, but also through her travels to India where she lead a jewelry-making workshop with local women in Saharanpur, India in 2012. Her exhibition, “Project India – Artisan Series 2012,” is featured at Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay, as well as her own gallery. You can read more about her experience in India, as well as detailed information about her current jewelry, in her blog.
Angela Lensch Gallery is open daily May through October, 10am-5pm. Subscribe to Angela’s blog and be sure to ‘like’ her gallery on Facebook. You can contact Angela in the off-season by phone or email if you are interested in purchasing her jewelry. Angela Lensch Gallery is located at 7653 Hwy. 42 in Egg Harbor, halfway between Patricia Shoppe and Chief Oshkosh. 920.868. 5088, firstname.lastname@example.org, aljewelry.wordpress.com.