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Watch my first video!

Please watch this short video to see some of the new pieces I made last week while at Arrowmont School in  Gatlinberg, TN. (  

Studio Tour 2013 from Frank Barnako on Vimeo.

I'm very excited about the techniques I learned and hope to show them to you on October 19-20 during our Great Falls Studio Tour.

My treetop studio will be open both days, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  I'd love to show you what I've been doing, so please come out and view the beautiful Fall foliage in the rolling hills of Great Falls.  There are 56 artists participating, so something to interest everyone.

Don't forget, too, that we will have $2,000 in Artbucks giveaways.  Go to our GFS website to register :   In the past, many of my jewelry fans have won the $50 certificates.

Email me if you have any questions.

News: Bakelite Necklace, New Artists' Book, New Venue

ImagesA Bakelite buckle is the centerpiece of my newest necklace. The buckle is 70-80 years old and was discovered (by moi, in May!) in Paris. Vintage Sterling Silver spoons form the connectors on each side. You will not find another like it!

Bakelite is a century-old early plastic used to make buttons and jewelry, among other things. It is much sought after by collectors.

Images Great Falls Studios, the 116-member strong artists' group to which I belong, is about to publish a book that takes you inside the studios of some of our members. I was one of 16 asked to participate. My small part was to appear in a number of photographs working in my studio. Others have spent months of work to assemble this marvelous coffee table book that is a visual treat.

Please check out this video to see a preview and hear the artists talk about their work:

ImagesAnother source for Donna Barnako jewelry: Gifts at 136, Damariscotta, Maine. ( It's a lovely gallery (voted #1 by Down East readers) in a picturesque coastal village. All works were created by Maine artists.

September News:  Bakelite Necklace, New Artists Book, New Venue