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Local artists Greg and B.J. Jordan make jewelry.
weekend warrior

Greg and B.J. Jordan

The Jordans sell their jewelry at art fairs on the weekends.

Somewhere along the line of creating their jewelry, husband and wife artists Greg and B.J. Jordan will work on a piece together.

It’s something they have been doing for a number of years.

“As long as we don’t irritate each other,” B.J. Jordan says, laughing.

The couple do fine art jewelry that uses mixed metals and found objects. They work on the pieces from their local home studio. But starting now and continuing through mid-December, they will pack up their truck and spend weekends traveling to art fairs where they will exhibit and sell their work.

That’s something they’ve also been doing for a number of years – 32 to be exact, B.J. says.

Their first fair of the year was last weekend in Louisville, and today they are part of the area Rural Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tour offers the opportunity for people to travel to several artists’ studios in Fort Wayne, Leo-Cedarville and Spencerville to see and buy locally made art.

The Jordans’ work is available at their home studio at 2032 Parkland Drive. Other locations can be found on the tour’s brochure at www.facebook.com/artstudiotour.

In addition to the studio tour, the Jordans’ art can be seen in other exhibits in Fort Wayne. They are members of the Orchard Gallery on Covington Road, which sells a consortium of artists’ work.

The ideas for the jewelry come from different places, says Greg Jordan, 56. A best-seller right now is a round metal design that features a bird on a limb, Greg says. But there are many others. B.J., 52, also sells her creations of upcycled clothing.

While the couple, which met on a blind date (one that Greg refused to go on for six months), will be home this weekend, it is a rare time. Greg says they try to choose art fairs within six to seven hours of Fort Wayne, but sometimes larger shows may take them farther away.

The goal, he says, is to get into more larger, juried art shows that will help them as full-time artists.

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Weekend Warrior appears Saturdays and highlights a person’s weekend activity. If you know someone to be featured, send name, phone number and brief description to Terri Richardson, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or email trich@jg. net.

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