Hines Goldsmiths owner Carolyn Hines describes the busy summer of 2020 as “good but frustrating.”
“The people are here and they’re happy and they’re treating themselves,” she said in late August. “They’re so glad to be away.”
But due to an employee shortage, things have been “crazy,” she said.
“On Saturday I was here at 9:20 in the morning and I left at 11:45 at night,” she said.
Things have calmed down a bit, but Hines isn’t slowing down. Now she is preparing to welcome visitors to the Fall Arts Festival, when she will be spotlighting the award-winning jewelry design team Sheko and Sarkis, of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Recent accolades for the team — Sheko Kirby and Sarkis Chouljian, who collaborate under the name Nyeari — include the 2020 Award of Merit at Art Fest Naples in Florida, 2019 Best in Show at the River Arts Fest in Memphis and the 2019 Best in Show at the Park City Kimball Arts Festival in Utah.
They describe their jewelry as “conceptually driven yet technically complex; we combine hand carving with creative joining and metalsmithing techniques.”
Hines said: “They’re a couple that does extremely different jewelry than anyone else in town. We’ll be featuring their pieces throughout the festival.
“They are bringing their own display cases,” she said. “Their display cases are as unique as their jewelry.”
During business hours this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, visitors to Hines will have a chance to meet the artists. And from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday the gallery will serve hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer during a reception and meet-and-greet with the designers.
Fall Arts goers who stop by can also say “happy golden anniversary” to Hines Goldsmiths. The store opened in May 1970 in a tiny space next to the Teton Movie Theatre, now Hand Fire Pizza. In those days “the town was a lot smaller,” Hines said. “The tourism wasn’t anywhere as robust as it is these days.”
Hines’ husband (who became her ex and later died) was the one who was the jeweler, she said. She “didn’t know anything about jewelry or business.”
“It was just a shot in the dark, kind of a gamble,” Hines said.
Now at 80 Center St., Hines Goldsmiths features a popular Teton collection as well as one-of-a-kind pieces designed around gemstones that Hines has collected over the years.
Contact Jennifer Dorsey at 732-5908 or firstname.lastname@example.org.