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Lisa Linhardt

In our day and age where specialization appears to be the desirable goal to many, New York City based artist and fellow gallerist Lisa Linhardt is a welcome phenomenon, one that combines courage, stamina, and commitment to her art.

While highly professional in the complex technical processes of her craft, she appears in no way hide-bound to the mere technicalities of the jeweller's work bench, with her many other interests ranging far and wide. This wonderful artist is chock-a-block full of cheerfulness and humor, just to name two of the ingredients of her rising popularity in North America.

Spotlight on the artist.....

Lisa ( www.linhardtdesign.com ) is the Founder and Creative Director of Linhardt Design, a custom and ready-made jewelry Gallery located in New York City. Lisa is a trained goldsmith/silversmith and creates sculptural jewelry that is harmonious with our environment.One of Lisa's specialties is designing one-of-a-kind engagement rings that incorporate recycled metals and ethically-sourced stones.

Lisa Linhardt was born and raised in New York City (Jamaica, Queens) where her artistry was nurtured in a vibrant and diverse cultural melting pot. She studied dance at Benjamin Cardozo High School, art in Greece & Italy, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from New York University. Lisa took jobs as a freelance music photographer and dancer while pursuing a career in graphic design. She eventually became an Art Director and managed her own design agency that included clients such as UNICEF, Salzburg Festival Society, and RecycleBank.

For the past decade, Lisa has explored jewelry design through personal experiments, professional mentors, and formal training in New York (School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology), California (Revere Academy), New Mexico, and Maine. Lisa's designs are often inspired by her time living in Scandinavia when she was introduced to the work of many mid-century masters in jewelry design. Her heart is in New York City however and has been for many generations—as the Gallery's name "Linhardt Design" was created in hommage to Lisa's relatives who emigrated to the Lower East Side of Manhattan through Ellis Island at the turn of the century.

Since opening the Linhardt Gallery in May of 2008, Lisa has been coined the "green jeweler" by New York Magazine; who also named Linhardt Design a "Critics' Pick" for the East Village. Lisa's jewelry has been showcased in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NYC for three seasons in a row. The jewelry has also been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Numero Paris, and Harper's Bazaar. ( www.linhardtdesign.com/blog/ )

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