Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery in Sedona, opens Leo Feeney: Jewelry with Heart, a trunk show to showcase its vibrant collection from this masterful jeweler. An artist reception Friday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. opens the new exhibition.

Pendant of citrine, garnet, spiny oyster shell, Sleeping Beauty turquoise and sterling silver, by Leo Feeney. Feeney’s work is on display at Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery.Feeney creates with a particularly sparkling blend of opaque, semi-precious and precious stones with intricate cluster designs, set in sterling silver, Feeney offers necklaces, earrings, link bracelets, cuffs and rings. Original Feeney designs may be composed of turquoise in both blues and greens, gaspeite, spiny oyster, red coral, peridot, garnet, amethyst, citrine, topaz or any number of other stones. Custom pieces that feature birthstones is a specialty of Feeney.

“I begin at the center and work out,” said Feeney, describing his creative process for beginning a new design. “There is such variation in individual stones that when you get them laid out, certain stones are just drawn together. Once you get the right blend of stones to work with, once you determine the size of the design, you can begin the silver work.”
He works seven days a week, a devotion that goes a long way in explaining his artistry and success.

Mark the calendar and stop by Turquoise Tortoise on First Friday evening, Feb. 2, to select the perfect Valentine’s Day treasure. Leo Feeney: Jewelry with Heart runs through Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Call 282-2262 or visit TurquoiseTortoiseGallery.com for information. The gallery is at Hozho, 431 State Route 179. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.