California Jewelry Artist Conni Mainne will mark her first visit to Lily & Co. Jewelers and Sanibel Island Thursday, Jan. 24 with a festive open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will be treated to delicious appetizers created by Paper Fig and a complimentary wine tasting.
“We are delighted to introduce Conni to the island and our wonderful community,” said Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. with Realtor Karen Bell. “She is an inspirational designer who feels strongly about the positive role artists play in society and believes in bringing beauty into the world.”
Nature inspires Mainne, especially the verdant environment of the California North Coast she calls home. Working out of her studio in Mendocino, the striking shapes found in botanicals, surf, nautilus, clouds, stars and the moon infuse her work with a mystical quality of the natural world.
Moonstones are an integral aspect of Mainne’s work, favored for their powerful color and sense of mystery. These gems, along with aquamarines, tourmalines, sapphires, pearls and diamonds, are all adorned with her distinguished metalwork in 18-karat gold and silver.
While Mainne began training in jewelry fabrication at the age of 15 and studied with notable artist, Glenn Miller, followed by intensive stone-setting classes, her primary training is self-taught. “I know there is no substitute for sitting at the bench, day after day, honing one’s skills,” she said.
The same creative passion that drives Mainne in her jewelry design also drives Chef Jeramie Campana in his kitchen at Paper Fig. Every item is prepared from scratch, from the fresh soups and entrees to dressings, sauces and garnishes. Paper Fig, located in Tahitian Gardens shopping center, also features seasonal fare, daily specials and sweet treats.
“We invite you to welcome Conni at the open house and discover her collection of exquisitely handcrafted jewelry, while enjoying a variety of tasty treats by Paper Fig,” said Schuyler.