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Please join us on Sunday, March 20, 2016 for a special Pearl Society meeting – "Collector's Circle: A Peek into the Jewelry Box" from 3pm to 5pm at the Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove Street in Evanston, IL.
Gem aficionados and enthusiasts alike are invited to come and take a peek into the private jewelry treasures of a few selected collectors. Hear the stories behind each glittering acquisition, learn what sparked their passions, and discover all the juicy details at this exclusive event. There may also be other interesting surprises – you won't want to miss this exciting event!
Please RSVP by calling 847-869-7920 or Email to email@example.com
Refreshments will be provided! Please RSVP soon – space is limited
They say that if you put your ear up to a seashell, you can hear the ocean rumbling within...But what happens when you listen to a pearl?
You may not hear the ocean, but the Galatea company (the “original creator of carved pearls,” as their website proudly boasts) may be onto something with the latest in pearl innovation. Imagine receiving the gift of a lovely pearl pendant from a loved one, simply touching the pearl to your cell phone or a nearby speaker, then hearing the voice of that person telling you they love you?
Using breakthrough technology, this has now become a reality for jewelry. A company known for thinking outside the shell when it comes to pearls, Galatea has engineered a series of miniscule NFC (near field communication) microchips which can be implanted into the heart of a pearl, invisible from the outside, while being securely held in place within the pearl. These chips need no battery, as they run on induction energy.
In order to begin, one would need simply to record a meaningful phrase, a “Happy Birthday,” or any number of sounds...in fact, why stop at sound? These magnificent little cards can also hold images, messages, or meaningful videos, effectively making them the world’s most high-tech lockets. In order to “unlock” the message, the recipient would simply need to download the proper application to their phone or device, touch it to the pearl (or gem), and the data would transfer automatically...because, after all, who could tolerate a USB plug coming out of their jewelry?
Despite the impressive variety of media this technology is capable of transmitting, Galatea insists they are trying to inspire the idea that a pearl can carry the voice of a loved one...And yet, now that the technology is available, it will be an utterly fascinating journey to see if the trend takes hold. Could this usher in a whole new age of functionality, as well as sentimentality, in the gift-giving world? Will our children give and receive strands of pearls, each pearl with a different, special memory cleverly hidden within? Only time will tell.
Sunday, August 17 from 3pm to 5pm
Come view pearls and other gemstones outfitted like you've never seen them before! Local artist Sandra Wilcoxon will be at The Eve Alfillé Gallery & Studio this August 17 to present her many astonishing works. She has created pearl-encrusted and bedazzled structures of all types, ranging from gilded chicken skulls to art necklaces to an entire stole woven from wire and mink elements. Come to learn more about the different causes and cultural statements that her many artworks investigate.
At least 20% of all proceeds from her pieces go towards the causes that she champions, both locally and as far abroad as Tanzania and China.
Please reserve now! Call 847-869-7920 or e-mail Eve at firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments will be served.
To view more of Wilcoxon's work, visit her website at pearlsforgood.com
Join us on Sunday, July 13 from 3-5 pm as the Pearl Society again hosts dynamic pearl aficionado Elisabeth Strack. Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, this fascinating author and pearl expert is renowned for her travels to the remotest corners of the world in search of extinct pearls and rarities. Ms Strack will share details about her quest for ancient pearl sources, and bring us up to date on new research. Come and hear this dynamic and very informative speaker share the fruits of her fascinating pearl quests!
Sunday, July 13 from 3 pm to 5 pm
at the Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Please reserve now! 847-869-7920 or e-mail email@example.com.
Refreshments will be served
Please join us on Tuesday May 6, 2014 as the Pearl Society once again welcomes author Renee Newman to the Gallery for a book signing and to discuss her newest book Exotic Gems Volume 3. Copies of this book will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting. Have any unusual unidentified gem treasures? Bring them with you to the event!
Come see which of these exotic gems you haven’t met yet!
Tuesday, May 6 from 6pm to 8pm
at the Eve J. Alfille Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove St., Evanston
Please reserve now! 847-869-7920 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments will be served!
Thursday, March 6, from 6pm to 8pm at the Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove St., Evanston
The Pearl Society salutes the Chinese Year of the Horse at its upcoming March 6th meeting, Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm. The Chinese Dragon is depicted in pursuit of both pearls and jade, stepping stones to eternal life and wealth. At this March meeting our guest speaker, Scottie Perry, will discuss the many aspects of Jade. According to artist & Pearl Society founder, Eve Alfillé, Ms. Perry’s many years living in Asia have made her highly cognizant of jade’s major role in these cultures. Scottie served as docent in Asian museums, and has traveled extensively and amassed knowledge that is not otherwise familiar to westerners. This lively session is interactive, fun & not to be missed!
Please join us for this unusual presentation and become familiar with Jade’s multiple aspects. Be sure to bring your Jade jewelry for perusal & discussion.
Please reserve now! 847-869-7920 or e-mail Eve at email@example.com
Refreshments will be served
Please join us Sunday, January 19th from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Eve J. Alfillé Gallery and Studio, 623 Grove Street, Evanston, for a rare opportunity to view and discuss the private jewelry treasures of a few selected collectors. Hear about their passions, their most prized pieces and what sparked their obsession. The Collector’s Circle is a bi-annual opportunity to get a glimpse into otherwise highly private acquisitions.
Please reserve now - 847-869-7920 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments will be served!
Oysters are delicate creatures. Situated midway on the ocean food chain, they depend heavily on the microscopic creatures that inhabit the ocean. Without this oceanic food supply they would be unable to produce the lustrous pearls we all admire. Michelle Hoffman, is an award-winning educator who holds advanced degrees in Marine Biology (University of New South Wales) and law (DePaul University) and is currently working on a film about this delicate, microscopic, ocean environment.
Microcosm is a ninety minute, high definition visual journey into the microscopic universe of the ocean. Within the microcosm dwells the foundation of life as we know it; it is the base of the oceanic food web, generator of the air we breathe, toxins that can poison our food supply, potential medicines that will save a loved one, and the fuels that might someday power your home. There is exquisite beauty and biological diversity in the microcosm that has captivated artists throughout the centuries and provided the foundation for coral reefs so large they can be seen from outer space. Through this film Michele hopes to underscore the artistry of the delicate creatures she calls "living snowflakes" and help people understand that these organisms represent the topsoil of the ocean. The story to be told is one of interconnectedness, and untapped potential for a cleaner planet and healthier ocean.
Ms. Hoffman began her love affair with the ocean at age five with the gift of a shell. At sixteen, she took her first life-altering breath on scuba, and by twenty-three she was a fully hooked PADI instructor. Michele’s articles and photography have appeared in international publications including an underwater photo shoot for Playboy, and she has been recognized in several international photo competitions. Some of Michele’s favorite dive locations include Thailand, Ireland, Hawaii, Australia, Honduras, Bahamas, Puget Sound, and the Floridian caves. Currently Michele is an active contractor with Dive Into Your Imagination and a faculty member of Columbia College, School of the Art Institute, and Roosevelt University where she teaches a range of courses that span traditional ocean sciences to sustainability courses that encompass law, policy, and ethics. At the core of Michele’s teaching philosophy is the belief that there is an inner scientist in everyone. She resides in Chicago with husband Bob and young son Ryan (also avid ocean enthusiasts) who share in her research and travel adventures!
Please join us on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 3-5pm to see some of the stunning images and learn more about the ocean environment that supports us all, and allows us to wear the softly glowing orbs we so love!
Please reserve now as seating is limited, 847-869-7920, or email@example.com. Refreshments will be served.
Readers may also wish to attend the Microcosm: An Evening of Art & Inquiry fundraising & education event at Columbia College of Chicago, October 17, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. More information is available on their website: www.microcosmfilm.com