July 13 – October 10, 2016
Cedarburg’s Gem Shop founder and owner Eugene Mueller employs mastery lapidary techniques to form miniature landscapes created by fusing layers of semi-precious gemstones in incredibly thin layers. More than 65 diminutive works of art are on display, showcasing Mueller’s specialty techniques that take advantage of the translucency of stones like agate and jasper to contrast with darker elements of blue opal, turquoise, and black onyx. Gemstone enthusiasts Karen & Dave DeBruin recognized Mueller’s technical and artful mastery with semi-precious stones and over a twenty-year period have amassed a collection of over 65 miniature artworks that are being shared with Mueller’s home town audience and surrounding area.
The first purchase in the DeBruin Collection was Gene Mueller’s layered intarsia piece that employs Kazakhstan dendritic agate and turquoise with a border of flint and black onyx. The gold wire-wrapping to make the intarsia a wearable piece of art as a pendant was executed by Aquarius Jewelry.
Karen and Dave DeBruin, collectors of Eugene Mueller’s layered intarsia artwork, paused after arranging their collection of more than 65 miniature pieces for display at the Cedarburg Art Museum. The works are on display at the museum through October 10.