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Glenn Otto Park hosts display of everything from jewelry to photographs
by: Contributed photo Award-winning nature photographer Nancy J. Smith took this photo of Watson Creek in southern Oregon.

Krisann Kosel of K Squared Jewelry in Roseburg admits she was once a 'bit intimidated' but has found the silver lining in her work.

'I was mystified about how beautiful pieces of jewelry are made,' she says. 'I took several classes and some serious trial and error, but I've stuck with silver because it's always been my favorite.'

She adds she likes it better than gold even though silver 'can be cold and stark.

'I think that is part of the draw for me, turning something that is shiny but cold into an intimate piece of jewelry someone would want to wear all the time.'

Kosel is one of several artisans who will be displaying their wares from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 18-20, at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale as part of the 32nd Annual Larch Mountain Country Artisans Show.

Among the 30 to 40 pieces she'll bring is a necklace made 'in 0.999 silver or fine silver.

'Sterling is usually .925, which is a mix of silver and some other metals to make it harder,' she says. 'Fine silver can be challenging to work with because it can be soft, but it's also capable of many things that cannot be done with sterling. The necklace I am bringing has simple fine silver links as well as thicker, textured round and square links.'

She calls the piece 'almost whimsical but it isn't bulky and can be worn with just about anything.'

Calendar girl

Gresham resident Nancy J. Smith will be selling several framed and unframed full-color nature photographs along with her 20th anniversary edition of the 'Majestic Pacific Northwest' wall calendar. Smith is a four-time winner of the national Calendar Marketing Association's award for Best Scenic Photography.

'And I'm proud to say I've always produced and printed it in Portland on recycled paper,' she adds.

She also produces a line of screen-printed apparel featuring her photographs and designs of wildflowers, Mount Hood and forests.

'I love nature and capturing it on film has been my passion for the past 21 years,' she says. 'I shoot on 35 mm film without manipulation because I believe nature is beautiful in its purest state.'

Among the photos she'll display is one of Watson Creek in southern Oregon.

'This image was taken … after spending three days camping in a tent in heavy rains,' she says, adding, 'What a gift once the rain stopped.'

The photograph also received a blue ribbon at the 2009 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.

'Sharing my many adventures through my photography brings me great joy,' she says.

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WHAT: Larch Mountain Country Artisans Show and Sale

WHEN: 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

WHERE: Glenn Otto Community Park, 1102 E. Columbia River Highway, Troutdale

INFO: lmca-artisans.com