Christina will be at these local events:
July 14 Sea Cliff 10-5 — Clifton Park, by the corner of Sea Cliff Avenue and Locust Ave
Aug 10 Springs, Hamptons, Long Island — Aug 11 Fisherman's fair, Springs, Hamptons, NY — Beautiful Springs, home of artists and writers! Exhibit outside Ashawagh hall since 1968! Family friendly, free admission!
Sept 21-22 Gallery North Setauket, Long island — The 48th annual Juried Outdoors Art Show presents 150 Artists and Craftsmen, Food and Live Music. This very popular artshow is featuring unique art and craft demonstrations and is as always hosted by and on the premises of Gallery North on 90 North Country Road, Setauket. Our both is located just behind the Gallery North building, booth number A24. Show hours 10 am to 5 pm. Admission and parking are free.
Oct 5 Crafts on Columbus Ave NYC — Awesome 34th annual juried arts and crafts show on the sidewalk outside the American museum of Natural History. Limited to 100 artists. Show hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm.. Our booth is always at the 79th st crosswalk. Free admission!
Oct 6 Mini Mart Sea Cliff — The 44th annual annual Sea Cliff Mini-Mart takes place on Sea Cliff Avenue between Carpenter & Prospect. This enormously popular street fair & art festival includes 200 exhibitors & food vendors. It runs from 10:30am - 5:00pm. Gets very crowded, 50, 000 visitors in our little village, so arrive early for a good parking spot. Our booth is always outside city bank, near the intersection of Sea Cliff and Roslyn avenues . Free admission!!!!
Oct 12-13 Crafts on Columbus Ave NYC — Awesome 34th annual juried arts and crafts show on the sidewalk outside the American museum of Natural History. Limited to 100 artists. Show hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm.. Our booth is always at the 79th st crosswalk. Free admission!
Oct 19-20 Crafts on Columbus Ave NYC — Awesome 334th annual juried arts and crafts show on the sidewalk outside the American museum of Natural History. Limited to 100 artists. Show hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm both days. Our booth is always at the 79th st crosswalk. Free admission!
Nov 13 Long Island Craft Guild 10-4 — Craft Fair at the Ethical Humanist Society, 38 Old Country Rd Garden City (near the water tower)
Dec 7-8 The Art Legue of Long Island Holiday show — The Art League's holiday tradition, the 49th juried Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair will offer holiday shoppers a wide variety of unique arts and crafts to give to the lucky people on their lists. The show is open 10 am to 5 pm both days, free parking on the premises and free admission - raffles! Our both is upstairs.
The Art League's facilities are located in Dix Hills,just off exit 42N on Northern State 107 E Deer Park Rd (631) 462-5400.
SHOPPING: Christina's designs may be purchase Christina's designs may be purchased
through the following boutiques:
Nassau County Museum of Art
Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
Tel: (516) 484-9337
Largest selection at the lovely:
256 Sea Cliff Ave
Sea Cliff, NY 11579
Tel: (516) 609 2889
TAS Design and Craft Gallery
372 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743
Christina in the News:
Artist Spotlight: Christina Bjenning
Sea Cliff resident Christina Bjenning – a marine biologist from Sweden – had an “aha” moment about eight years ago.
She decided to let go of society’s dictates about keeping up appearances and chose to be true to her creative calling, and started a career as a painter, sculptor and jewelry designer.
Bjenning's jewelry and artwork are currently on display at the Nassau County Museum of Art and Sorella Designs in Sea Cliff.
With her family’s support, Bjenning walked away from the demands of a lucrative career in the pharmaceutical industry; and with the intent to learn the ins and outs of running a sustainable business, she went to work at an tan upscale artisan gallery in Del Mar, CA in 2005. She quickly became skilled in marketing, customer service and jewelry design and launched her own company, Esmeralda Designs, just one year later.
Bjenning said she named the company after her birthstone, the emerald and after Esmeralda – the gypsy woman from Victor Hugo’s book The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
"She was a woman who danced to her own beat, and I think one must be that way in order to produce art,” Bjenning said.
Because of Bjenning's background as a biologist and subsequent lab-skills, she uses only eco-friendly and recycled materials and avant-garde methods when sculpting her wearable art. She said that it takes five tons of waste to make one gold ring and that the blasts from mining and the chemicals applied negatively impacts aquatic life and surrounding habitats.
Bjenning said she buys her gold and silver from refineries that recycle the precious metals. The conflict-free diamonds and gemstones that adorn her jewelry originate from environmentally and socially responsible sources and are produced with minimal environmental impact.
She said she creates raw and textured jewelry and sculptures that are kind to the planet, and finalizing the process is instinctual.
“When I feel it in my hand, and if I can name it, it is done,” she said.
She weaves a tale behind each one-of-a-kind creation .
Bjenning recalls the story behind one of her masks: "I sculpt at twilight, the enchanting time of the day when my studio glows from sunlight diffused through fairie dust," she said. "Music fills the air as my hands seek their shape within. Submerged in carbon and fired until dawn, then hand polished to a luminous shine, ready to face our world for the first time. I named her Love."
Fellow artists, rock musicians, tattooed lawyers and people looking for something out of the ordinary are often attracted to Bjenning's artwork.
She said she crafts jewelry for people going through life altering experiences like cancer or the death of a beloved pet. She recently sold a necklace she named Return of Spirit to a Sept. 11 survivor.
Bjenning calls her spring collection – which features mythological jewelry and sculptures – Kali and the Moth: Time and Transformation.
“Be strong, beautiful and courageous, and patient," she says to other artists. "Don’t be a disgruntled artist. It might just not be your time yet.”
Bjenning's jewelry and designs can be purchased her online store.
On February 23rd, Christina's designs were featured on "Inside
San Diego." Host Sandra Maas and Fashion Expert Leonard Simpson
presented “Spring Sparkle: KUSI Fashion Expert Leonard Simpson is here
to show jewelry from a new shop in town.” More about this story>>
On January 30th, Christina's designs were show cased, along with
designs from Backstage Clothing, on "KUSI's Morning Show!"
See the story titled "Winter Jackets">>