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Lora Lee - Metal Artist

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Lora Lee is a local metal artist living in Calhoun, La., with her husband Wayne, daughter Makayla, and Steve, their dog. Lora Lee was always artistic but she became inspired when Wayne gave her a ring he made her from a coin. Fascinated, she had him show her how to make one and she took off from there. She now has her jewelry in three local stores, Cotton Jen Creations, Hair Solutions and The Twisted Peacock. Lora Lee makes most of her jewelry from recycled copper. Her designs have been published in Bead Trends and can be seen in the April and July 2013 issues. Lora Lee was an Artist In Action for the 2012 Art With A View.

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Constantly growing and evolving, Lora Lee has started making sculptures. These very large intricate works involves many hours of cutting, bending and hammering to shape her pieces into unique original pieces of art. Her works tend to be inspired by nature, Mother Earth and many have a spiritual background. Her latest sculpture is Liwet, The Angel of Invention. It feature wings with intricately cut, hammered and curled recycled copper.

Being a metal artist is very labor intensive job. It takes a lot of dedication and devotion as each piece usually requires lots of pounding to shape and form her jewelry and sculptures. Her rings typically take her 10-12 hours of labor to make. Her sculpture, Liwet, took her a month to create.

Lora Lee will be exhibiting her sculptures and original jewelry on August 1, 2013, at MAD Gallery at 130 Art Alley in Monroe for the Downtown Gallery Crawl from 5pm until 9pm. To see more of her work you can also find her jewelry and sculptures at Centsations on Etsy and Facebook.