Hands down, the best jewelry artist in Asheville, Julie Merrill, has her work showcased in various galleries around town. Just recently her work was put on display at the John C Campbell Folk Art School in a special public gallery dedicated to Appalachia folk art.
JL Merrill Metalworks focuses on mixed metal art and jewelry, using a mix of argentium silver, copper, bronze, steel, and more. Her work has been inspired by her own personal spirituality and experiences, as well as world travel, including 4 trips to Africa where Julie had a chance to study dance, herbology, culture, arts, and more.
Julie Merrill’s work can usually be found at the Woolworth Walk Gallery in downtown Asheville, the Biltmore Village Southern Highland Craft Guild gallery, on the Biltmore Estate itself in the hotel gallery, Seven Sister’s Gallery in Black Mountain and more. You can also find Julie setting up at various art festivals around Asheville, Knoxville, Nashville, Atlanta and more. You check out her events page on her website at http://www.jlmerrillmetalworks.com