A nostalgic Marietta artist follows her heart with upcycled jewelry. Dawn Stone jokes that she is 51 years old and finally knows what she wants to be when she grows up: a jewelry artist. As she prepares for her upcoming art show at Canton Festival of the Arts, she reflected on how she got there.

The last of six kids, she grew up fixing, repairing and remaking things inherited or discovered at flea markets.

“I would buy broken jewelry here and there with the idea of someday doing something with it,” said Stone, who lives in Marietta.

Finally, a few years ago, she made her first piece as a unique gift for her mother-in-law’s birthday. It was greeted with a lot of fanfare and she continued to create and finally, to sell her unique pieces.

“Ironically, I never thought I had a creative bone in my body,” she said.

Stone upcycles jewelry from vintage brooches, necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and other unique finds. Each one of her pieces contains a tiny cameo brooch as well as a nod to the passage of time, such as a watch mechanism or gear. The brooch, typically a portrait or object carved out of stone, is a nod to her mother, who had one in her collection.

And it is that nostalgia that gets Stone’s work stuck in people’s heads.

“At my last show, there were two sisters looking for quite some time at necklaces,” she said. “A while after they left, one came back to get a necklace to surprise the other one for Christmas. After she left, the first sister came looking for the same necklace. I told her it had already been sold. She told me she had intended to get it to surprise her sister for Christmas but if she had bought it, she probably would have ended up keeping it for herself anyway!”

Stone will be one of 45 Southern artists featured at the 16th annual Canton Festival of the Arts, a juried art show presented by the Cherokee Arts Center Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. For the first time, the festival will feature the new Canton Chalk Walk area, sponsored by Blick Art Materials. Also sponsored by Northside Cherokee Hospital, Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News (a sister paper to the Marietta Daily Journal) and Cherokee Music Center, festival goers will have access to free parking, can grab some shade under the big tent and hear music by talented musicians from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

Visit cantonartfestival.com or follow @CantonFestival on Facebook for more information.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She has written for the MDJ since October 2000. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at 404-713-7318.

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