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The 1,969-mile-long Mexican-American border is the inspiration for “La Frontera (The Borderlands),” a collection of jewelry art on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Participants were asked to create new work in response to the vibrant and often dangerous region, a roiling, riotous mix of culture, traditions and politics. Artists from the United States, Mexico, Europe, Australia and Latin America responded. Curators Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt, founders of Velvet da Vinci gallery in San Francisco, and Lorena Lazard, a jewelry artist from Mexico City, selected 150 pieces by 90 contributors. Three well-known Houston jewelry artists, Edward Lane McCartney, Olga Starostina and Demitra Thomloudis, are among them.
Many of the works are provocative, including U.S. artist Julia Turner’s brooch, Three Days Walking (Mourning Brooch). Using steel pins, all topped with red enamel, Turner created a serene circular design on a wood base. The steel pins in Three Days Walking echo the red dots seen on the NGO Humane Borders’ map that are used to mark the sites where immigrants have died in their attempt to cross the border. HCCC Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski commented, “There is an impressive range of techniques, materials and personal interpretations regarding border issues. The exhibition comes to Houston at the perfect time, when immigration and U.S.-Mexico relations are at the forefront of current sociopolitical issues.”
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays in June. Through September 6. 4848 Main. For information, call 713‑529‑4848 or visit crafthouston.org. Free.