Art leads down many paths

For the Courier-Post
Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 10:06 am

"Bold, whimsical, infused with bohemian vibes" describes the jewelry designs of Kharisma Sommers. Her work is a unique representation of her tropical roots having been raised in Indonesia, a country that is rich in cultural diversity and natural beauty.

Thanks to the support of her wonderful parents and extended relatives, Sommers was nurtured to be a creative entrepreneur her entire life. She was known to make and sell her fanciful handmade creations, from bookmarks to jewelry, to her schoolmates from junior high through college to earn some extra pocket money.

An exhibit of Sommers’ work — along with featured member artist Cindy Logan — will open with a reception on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Alliance Art Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sommers had dabbled in everything but found her calling in jewelry in her late teens. She started getting requests to sell her wire wrapped jewelry online from her followers in deviantArt and her business, Popnicute, was born. The name was created as a combination of her vision and mannerisms: POPular, uNIque, and CUTE. Her patrons come from all around the world: adventurous and creative individuals who appreciate the handiwork and artistry behind every curl and every hammer strike on her pieces.

Sommers has won many awards for her designs. This includes placing second on the international Foldforming competition with her Jewel Beetle necklace. As an active member of the art community, three of her jewelry pieces were also displayed at the Quincy Art Center in 2016.


Featured Member Artist

For artist Cindy Dietrich Logan, it’s all about the light: the way the light is captured in a child’s eye, the sun illuminating a forest path, the moon shimmering on the midnight river. Her contemplative works are achieved through richly layered marks with each stroke of her pen or brush providing the context for a story of people and places and pathways. Often these marks include messages of prayer and inspiration. Logan works in a variety of media as she believes that these varied experiences are necessary in order to teach art and she is as passionate about teaching as she is about art.

She taught in Texas for two years and then returned to Missouri where she taught privately until returning to teach at Louisiana High School in 1984.

Today Logan is still teaching privately. She serves on the Board of Raintree Arts Council. She has served on the Missouri Arts Council Community Arts Panel, on the William Woods University Alumni National Board and is a Juried Member of Best of Missouri Hands.

An opening reception for these two exceptional artists will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. A free drawing for artwork by Logan will be held at 6 p.m. This reception coincides with Hannibal’s monthly Second Saturday Gallery Night and is free and open to the public.

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