The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will conclude on March 24 with Éric  Messin’s presentation, “The Art of Jewelry Making: From Stones to Stars—A Quest for One Light.”

A master jeweler, Messin grew up in the French alps, and as a son of an artist painter was exposed early on to the art scene. After coming to the U.S. in 1983, Messin worked for some of the best known jewelry houses in the world, such as VanCleef & Arpels, Bulgari and Tiffany. He opened his own shop in Southampton, NY, creating one-of-a-kind designs for a private clientele, and taught his craft to hundreds of students in the historic Pelletreau silver shop.  

The study of the gems’ luminosity led him to pursue the art of icon painting: the gold leaf, the natural use of the egg tempera and dry pigments as well as the glazing effects, all to stimulate the glow that comes from within.

A Pembroke resident and EAC Board member, Messin has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, as well as local television networks. For the Sunday series, he will discuss his quest to reconcile what appear as opposites, like the material aspect of gemstones with the ethereal aspect of archangels.

Éric Messin
Messin shared this image of some of his handiwork: Australian opal with bows, set with pave’ diamonds (from left); kunzite with aquamarines, pear shaped on shoulder with diamond accents; elongated oval garnet with diamond surround; and pink topaz and mother of pearl flower set in sterling.

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center. The events are offered by voluntary donation, with proceeds shared equally between the presenters and EAC ongoing program The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.