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Summer Feature

I’m making some bloggish changes. I want to start featuring some shops I find on Artfire. There is a lot of talent out there that is hidden unless you know where to look. I’d like to start with one  of my guild sisters.

This blog features Renee Summer whose studio is called Fine & Dandy. She’s been selling jewelry and photography for about six years. You may have seen her work on Etsy where for 3 years she was known as “The Unicorn & The Rose”.   She chose the name Fine & Dandy  to combine both of her artistic loves,  addressing both fine art and jewelry and also embracing the more lighthearted dandy fun side of art.

Inspired by nature’s colors, shapes and patterns, she collects materials that she feels drawn to and they eventually find their way into a piece. She also finds inspiration from music and visiting art museums where the work of others sometimes inspires her.


Renee started making jewelry in 2006 after a friend introduced her to some simple beading techniques and over the years has fine honed her talent, combining her love of photography with her love of beading.  Renee’s style is eclectic.  She has a fine eye for unusual combinations of color, shape and texture.  Here are some of my favorites of the pieces in her shop.

Rhodonite and green turquoise necklace

  I fell in love with the vibrant rose and delicate greens of this statement piece.   It’s simply delicious!

beautiful lapis bracelet

Love the combination of the deep blue of lapis and gold vermeil.  To me, this is a very rich-looking piece.  
Beautiful blue freshwater pearls set off the silvery patina of this focal piece of spiraling vines.     Just gorgeous!
When asked to choose a favorite of her own, Renee chose this green serpentine “wasabi peas”  bracelet.   “If I had to choose one thing, something simple that is comfortable and versatile, this bracelet fits the bill. The serpentine beads are very natural and I love them becaue they are not perfect, just like me. I like the feel of the beads. It’s casual but can be dressy because of the bit of shine. I love combining copper and green since that is what nature does. ”

Wasabi Peas Bracelet


According to Renee, she has been an artistic soul since she could pick up a crayon. When she is not creating, she loves to read, researches family history and loves to spend time with her family and pets. There is quite a crew in the Summer family. While she was serving in the US Army for 9 years as a cardio tech, Renee met her husband. After 18 years of marriage, they have a full house….four children, three boys and a girl, and 3 rescue pets, a husky mix dog and two cats.

Renee says she doesn’t have many “likes” on Facebook yet, so stop by and visit her page and say hello.   You can also find her work here.   Or visit her at this website.

Renee is not only a jewelry artist but a fine photographer. Given her first real camera at age 8, she began a love affair with photography that has continued to this day. Though she does portraits and weddings, her first love is landscapes.   Here are some examples of the fine work you can find in her studio.


from her New England Series: Leaves


a walk along the dunes in New England


Fall trees in New England: nothing finer


I love this little guy, the guardian of the beach

Please take some time and visit her shop.   That’s Fine & Dandy on Artfire.   You won’t be sorry.  

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  1. What a wonderful artist feature! Have been a fan of Renee’s for several months now ever since stumbling on her studio. You’re right, there is so much talent out there that sometimes goes undiscovered. Am glad you featured Renee 🙂


    Comment by Catherine | July 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. great feature and really lovely work from Renee


    Comment by Ginger | July 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thank you for the feature! I love it! I appreciate all the kind words. I’m so glad I found Artfire and the JCUIN : )


    Comment by Renee Sumner | July 21, 2011 | Reply

    • I spoke only truth Renee. I still wish I had been smart enough to get the slideshow to work. SIGH. It was really cute with the seafull being the last photo and the caption after him saying come see me at Artfire! Well, someday I may master all this blog/slideshow/phototaking/and other stuff.


      Comment by stregajewellry | July 21, 2011 | Reply

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