For those of you who have had the chance to visit with my father, I’m going to guess you quickly observed several distinct characteristics about him. First, he was meticulously dressed in dapper clothing with colorful dichroic glass cuff links adorning his pressed sleeves. Second, he twisted any sentence into a pun, and answered any question you asked with a silly joke. Third, his blue eyes lit up with excitement as soon as he could show you the work of an artist we are carrying in the gallery.
We are selective about the artists we carry. My father has done hundreds of art shows and has met thousands of artists. During an art show in Los Altos, California, he discovered the work of Sarah Alice Britton. She was busy in her booth making jewelry components by hand while she interacted with customers. Her playful jewelry in her booth intrigued him. Her warm, enthusiastic, personality immediately captured him. On top of all this perfection, she even laughed at his puns. She—and her work—perfectly fit our standard of “playfully elegant”. We have had the privilege of carrying Sarah Alice’s delightful work in our gallery for the past three years.
Sarah Alice was born and raised in the small Victorian town of Maine, New York. Britton was formally trained in Jewelry Design from Buffalo State College in New York and has won several awards including:
1st in Jewelry at the Beverly Hills Art Show in 2013,
2nd Overall at Art on the Main in Walnut Creek, CA in 2014, & 3rd Overall at Art on the Main in Walnut Creek, CA in 2015.
Now residing in Oroville, California, she creates her jewelry in a sunny studio filled with artwork made by her friends that overlooks her cottage garden. She shares her cozy California bungalow with her husband, Michael, and their golden retriever, Scarlett. Sarah often brings her granddaughters to art shows with her, leaving Michael-- her biggest supporter, home to run their brick-and-mortar dry cleaning business in Oroville, CA.
Sarah Alice’s granddaughters are her sheer delight, her inspirations, and her top sales team. They grant her the opportunity look at life from different angles. Too often the whimsy of childhood is lost or neglected as a person matures and embraces adulthood. Sarah Alice has chosen to celebrate the playful and fanciful parts of youth in her designs. In her work you will experience a new twist on childhood games such as jacks, bubble blowing and hangman, combined with the strong influence of the industrial North East.
Tactile by nature, Sarah Alice designs her jewelry to invite touch, inspire playfulness, and evoke a memory that results in a smile. She incorporates texture and maximizes the movement in her designs both literally and visually.