Sage Storm Davis, a wire wrapper and jewel connoisseur, started Theta movement as an online community to connect fellow artists. In early November she was able to bring her collective through the virtual and into physical with an art exhibition that included both wire wrapped and glass pieces.
“We as a community are on social media every day looking at all of this amazing artwork, but no one ever gets to see it in person unless they buy it or are lucky enough see it around someone’s neck,” Davis explained.
“On top of that, only people who know about the art form are looking for it, so there’s literally billions of people in this world who don’t even know this type of jewelry exists! It is always so incredibly exciting when I get to see a fellow artist’s work in person for the first time, and I know so many people feel the same as I do in that regard. No amount of photos can compare to seeing something in real life… So many people came to the gallery who were experiencing the community and the art for the first time, and many of those people even walked away with a new piece of jewelry!”
The exhibition was held at the Ruckus Gallery, a high-end glass gallery and shop in North Philadelphia.
“Theta Movement is heavily inspired by the glass community and the amazing market they have created for themselves, so when it came time for me to start planning the first showcase, Ruckus was my first choice,” Davis said.
Although a social event, gallery-goers seemed aware its intent was to observe. CBD-infused cocktails were served as exhibitionists were able to take in artists’ displays as well as discuss with creators on their intricate designs. Of the seventy artists involved in the Theta Movement, over thirty participated in the showcase.
“Theta isn’t about exclusivity, it’s about inclusivity! I want to help artists and collectors alike have greater access to talented jewelers of varying unique styles and techniques, ultimately helping to expand the market,” she explained.
The showcase itself wrapped up around 9 p.m. but working with Philadelphia promotion companies Shxt Happens and Aspire Higher, Davis organized an afterparty where musical acts ATYYA, Soulacybin, 5AM, and Shapesift played into the early morning.
With the event’s success, Davis looks forward to hosting more gallery events and “curate future shows in cities all over the country with different themes, such as all female artists, all symmetry, all asymmetry, carved gemstones…”
“I am so humbled and filled with so much gratitude thinking about how many people came to the opening party and how many miles were traveled by so many of the attendees to be there. People moved mountains to make sure that they could be there for the opening. I really can’t express enough how grateful I am for each and every person who took the time out of their busy lives to see and celebrate all of our hard work,” Davis concluded.