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Butterflies and flying jewels at ArtPrize

Butterflies and flying jewels at ArtPrize

By Judy Reed

Jana Boon has never entered an art contest before. And for her first effort, she took on a big one. Boon decided to show off her artistic skills in this year’s ArtPrize contest with her entry, Flying Jewels.

“I kind of did it on a whim,” explained the 35-year-old Pierson resident, who is a home health aide.

Boon said she has been making and collecting jewelry since she was in her teens. “I usually make jewelry such as necklaces and earrings,” she said. She has been making butterflies for about five years.

With ArtPrize, she knew she’d have to make something much bigger than normal. “My thought was it was a “Go big or go home” kind of contest,” explained Boon. When she was given some great wall space at Independent Bank on Monroe Center, she knew it would need to be big.  Her creation, called Flying Jewels, is about 3-foot-9-inches wide by 4-foot-9-inches tall.

Boon said she has been making the smaller butterflies for sometime, but the bigger portion took her 50-60 hours to make. “I kept playing with designs. I had peacock feathers on my living room floor for about a month,” she said with a laugh.

The large butterfly has 122 feathers on it. The largest she had ever done previously had only 14. The body is made up of beads and old jewelry that she collected over the years from second hand stores and yard sales.  “A lot of it was ugly old jewelry that would never be worn again,” she said.

But when it comes together as the butterfly, it takes on a beauty not seen before. “I am thrilled with the way it turned out,” she said.
To vote for Boon, register with ArtPrize and text 49701. Be sure to visit her exhibit!

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