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S: Kat Cole and Metalsmith

1: Kat Cole Metalsmith, Entrepreneur, and Our Daughter | Photo taken by Nicholas O'Donoughue

2: KAT STUDIES ABROAD IN CORTONA, ITALY | SUMMER OF 2006 | Photo taken my Peter Frey and published in Georgia Magazine Dec. 2006

3: The reception featured a local Jazz band, wine and appetizers. The show was attended by friends and family from Virginia, Washington D. C., Indiana and Alabama. Also friends from Contemporary Craft and the art community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. | BITS AND PIECES OF A PLACE Kat Cole's First Professional Art Show December 2008

4: Pittsburgh Embraces Kat Cole | A quote about a holiday-themed art exhibition at the Fe Gallery in Lawrenceville, PA, " SMALL is the New Big: 25 Squared" "It's obvious that jeweler Kat Cole likes to pick up things she finds on the ground as well. Her "Process Brooches" are the result of combining various pieces of urban detritus found on the streets, such as bottle caps and other nondescript bits of metal, with jeweler's copper, brass, nickel and silver to surprisingly transformative effect. Junk never looked so precious." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review " Artists' outside-the-box thinking a perfect fit at Fe Gallery", December 31, 2009

5: THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL PITTSBURGH, PENNSIVANIA Kat receives the 2009 Emerging Artist Scholarship She displays and sells her work at the Festival

6: Photo and Article on Nicholas O'Donoughue and posted on his blog in June 30, 2009 | "Someone to Lean on" -featured in the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Kat's inspiration was the smoke stacks from the Steel City. Kat was later commissioned to do this work on a larger scale

7: Surfacing 12th Biennial International Juried Exhibition Oakland Art Gallery Oakland, California

8: Linda Darty and Kat Cole at the Oakland Art Gallery Linda Darty is a professor in the Metalsmith program at East Carolina University. Kat had been accepted in the graduate program at ECU in the Fall of 2009 | Sightseeing in San Francisco, California on Cole Street. | Kat Cole and Renee Cole, Kat's mother, sightsee together on the San Francisco Bay after attending the Enameling Exhibition in Oakland, California.

9: The Arts Center Hampton Gallery display metal design by Kat Cole and photographic work by Todd Cook Reception January 20, 2011 | Kat Cole's work deals with how a person connects to their home environment and how they adapt to it. She is pursuing her MFA at East Carolina University at Greenville . She says,"The cinder block constructed buildings, abandoned barns ,shelters, and fields of tobacco inspire me."

10: Just a small portion of a brochure of tin, THE ELEMENT of SURPRISE feauturing metalsmiths that are working in Tin. Kat's tin box necklace was featured and on display at The Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, Illinois in September of 2010 at the right.

12: Handcrafted 2010 Best of Show Kat Cole Maria V. Howard Arts Center | "Ground Work" 52nd Juried Art Show 2010 Best of Show Winner Kat Cole | Rocky Mount Kat Cole's Work is currently in the Permanent Collection | Postcards from the Maria V. Howard Arts Center,Rocky Mount, North Carolina

13: Postcard features Kat Cole's "Ground Work". She received Best of Show and it was purchased by the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in 2011. | This is the back of the postcard to the left and was sent to Kat's parents from Professor Bob Ebendorf, at East Carolina University Metalsmith Department, and his wife Aleta. He and Kat had worked together on a workshop. We loved the communication that we would receive from Kat's professor.

14: The picture at the left is a postcard of work of four of Kat's professors at ECU. | The back of the above postcard at the right is another note to the parents of Kat from Bob and Aleta. It was received after eleven of the art students from ECU had come back from a short vacation the summer of 2010 at her parents lake house

15: Kat assisted an Artist from England in the Jewelry workshop at Penland, North Carolina for two weeks in 2010. Her grandmother, mother and dad visited Kat at the studio for a day, enjoyed lunch and and the mountains north of Asheville, North Carolina | She also assisted another jewelry artist in the summer of 2011.

16: Kat received East Carolina Scholarship to attend a jewelry workshop and conference at Haystack School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine. Her parents traveled to Maine to visit their daughter and tour along the southern coast of Maine.

17: Kat baked 100 Biscuits at Haystack using her Grandmother's recipe for the staff. | Visiting in Maine included a round trip from Maine to New York City to visit a friend from Pittsburgh and a gallery featuring her work in the summer of 2011. | A box brooch postcard

18: East Carolina University Metalsmith graduate students participate in the "Light Art and Design Metal Exhibition " and attend the reception in Gallery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where Kat's jewelry work is represented.

19: Kat in her studio at East Carolina University October 2011 Preparing work for her thesis

20: Professor Bob Ebendorf and Kat in the Studio at East Carolina University, November 2011

21: Kat's E-Mail Announcing her Thesis Exhibition Hello Friends and Family! As my years in Greenville at East Carolina University begins to round down I am preparing for my Thesis Exhibition in the spring. I have had so much fun and success in Greenville, but it is time to move onward and upward! This will be a show of my sculpture and jewelry work, a culmination of my growth as an artist these last three years. Several of you have expressed interest in visiting before post-graduate life sweeps me away and any of these three events would be a wonderful opportunity to do so! If you cannot make it during this time, no worries, the work will be up in Rocky Mount until September 2012. There are several receptions that will be in conjunction with this show. The work will be first shown in Greenville at Emerge Gallery, then at the Maria V. Howard Art Center at the imperial Centre in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Friday, April 6th, 6pm-9pm- The First Friday Art Walk at Emerge Gallery in Greenville, NC. This will be the official opening of my thesis show along with other gallery openings around town. Friday, April 13th, 6pm-9pm- The ECU MFA Graduate Reception, Emerge Gallery in Greenville, NC. This is the opening of the other MFA candidates' thesis shows at the Gray Gallery on Campus, Emerge will be open for viewing as well. All of us MFA candidates host a reception at a local restaurant this evening for friends and family. Sunday, June 3rd, 2pm-4pm- Reception for Solo Show in Rocky Mount, NC. This show will include more work that what will be seen at Emerge in Greenville, and will be my first solo show at the museum. Thank you everyone for all of the support and love, I hope to see you in the spring if not before! Best, Kat Cole | P.S. A note from the parents of Kat Cole: Thank you for those of you who have supported out daughter all these years. We have enjoyed the ride and wish her success in her future endeavors. Sincerely, Renee and Philip Cole

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