By Barbara Falconer Newhall
Susan Brooks was in her studio selling handmade earrings priced in the three-figures category the other day. I was not tempted. I’m tightening my belt these days.
Shopping for a gown, shoes and jewelry for my son’s wedding, also a dress for the groom’s dinner and yet another dress and jacket for the bridal shower in April had set my budget back a bit. So I walked right past the glass cases filled with tiny glinting objects made of gold, silver and pearls.
What caught my eye right away were the open tables of colorful, whimsical dangle earrings — all priced at $36 a pop. Each pair was more charming than the last. And, I noticed, Susan uses titanium in the hooks and posts, so my tender ears were probably safe wearing her handiwork.
A half hour later, I finally chose one pair out of the half dozen that had called out to me from the tables.
That purchase accomplished, I wandered down the tunnel-like halls of Berkeley’s Sawtooth Building, where I found Donna Duguay getting ready for an art quilt show at Berkeley’s ACCI
Cooperative Gallery opening June 21. Donna’s a pretty woman, but too shy to let me take her photo. You’ll have to be satisfied with a glimpse of her distinctive art quilt work.
For more shopping stories go to “Arts and Crafts in Berkeley’s Labyrinthine Sawtooth Building” and “Am I Too Old for Splashy Earrings?”