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Jewelry exhibit  at Civic Center

An exhibit of unique handmade jewelry by Eila Mackenzie will be on display in the first-floor display cases at the Jaffrey Civic Center beginning Friday.

Mackenzie began Kaarina M. Designs in 1997 after her son and his family moved to China. On a visit there she discovered the wide range of cultured freshwater pearls, gemstones and old jade. The love of travel is an inspiration and a source of interesting beads and designs to incorporate in her works.

Her work is eclectic. She is first attracted to the material, such as turquoise from Santa Fe or old jades from the antiques market in Beijing, and then she designs each piece to emphasize the material. She prefers to make necklaces that are contemporary in style, but are also classics.

Mackenzie spends part of the year picking up shells on the beach in Bonita Springs, Fla., where her work is also exhibited, and in the summer picking up stones in sight of Mount Monadnock on Thorndike Pond in Jaffrey.

Mackenzie’s jewelry will be on exhibit through Aug. 1.

A champagne reception will be held on July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., in conjunction with Pat Silbert’s painting exhibit which opens that day.

The public is invited and admission is free. For more information about Mackenzie’s work, visit www.ekmjewels.com.

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