After a long and successful career as an educator (last thirty-two as an English and Women’s Studies professor at Slippery Rock University), Jace Condravy began a motivated though tentative venture into the art world by taking advantage of a lovely retirement gift from her colleagues, metalsmithing classes at the Appalachian Rock Shop (508 Perry Hwy, Harmony, PA), taught by SRU graduate Jo Naleppa.
Jace is now in her third year of metalsmithing and finds her exploration of this medium to be exhilarating and humbling. “I know the pleasure I experience when I see or wear beautiful jewelry and hope to create that same pleasure in others. Learning to work with my hands, improving my craftsmanship, and developing my own aesthetic are daily challenges, but challenges that I enjoy immensely.”
It was through Jace’s participation in the 2015 Grove City Artwalk and the holiday artisan sale at the Grove City Artworks gallery that introduced her to the men and women committed to highlighting and expanding the role of art in our daily lives of those in the community. Having served as a volunteer during the artisan sale, Jace appreciates the vital role that volunteers play in moving the mission of Grove City Artworks forward. As volunteer coordinator, Jace is excited to make a contribution to the aspiration of GC Artworks– “making life beautiful.”