How Ornamentum Gallery Became the Art Jewel of Hudson, NY with Stefan Friedmann Co-founder of Ornamentum Gallery

Episode 111

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why you don’t always need to focus on big cities when looking for art jewelry
  • How Ornamentum finds and selects artists to represent
  • How Stefan defines conceptual jewelry
  • The inspiration behind the work of Jiro Kamata, one of Ornamentum’s well-known artists
  • How Ornamentum has attracted a loyal, young group of collectors and maintained those relationships, even in the pandemic

About Stefan Friedmann

Stefan Friedmann is the co-founder of Ornamentum Gallery with his wife, Laura Lapachin. Founded in 2002 in Hudson, New York, Ornamentum exhibits a dynamic collection of contemporary jewelry as well as related objects and artworks. Stefan and Laura founded the gallery after themselves being educated as jewelers/designers in the USA and Germany. These experiences put to work in the gallery setting have earned them international acclaim as impeccable and discerning curators.

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Pink and grn neck

iro Kamata

Holon Necklace 6, 2021

necklace, oxidized silver, camera lenses with PVD coating

length 16.93 inches /43 cm

photo: Jiro Kamata

David Bielander

Cardboard (Heart), 2016

bracelet, 18k gold, white gold staples

3.65 x 3.125 x .9 inches

9.3 x 7.9 x 2.3 cm

Edition of 12 – 1 example in the Newark Art Museum collection.

photo: Dirk Eisel

Aaron Decker

Pink Tug, 2018

necklace, enamel, copper

7.87 x .79 x 1.57 inches

20 x 2 x 4 cm

photo Aaron Decker

Ornamentum showing jewelry and related art and design works at Design Miami in 2019

photo: James Harris.

Sharon Berman