Posts Tagged ‘Sue Freda’

A Fitting Arrangement

There’s something new downstairs from Gallery 4…not to mention something old, borrowed, and blue. Arn Krebs has recently taken up shop, alongside Susan Freda, in a new space devoted to their fine jewelry creations, making heads turn and newly-wed hands sparkle. In their shared, full-service jewlery shop, Arn makes beautiful custom wedding and engagement bands in a variety of styles and metal combinations that can only be described as beautifully…handsome.

Downstairs at 3848 Main Road, the sound of grinding metal and faint smell of sawdust attest to the hard work of something handmade, while the luster of the final products show off Arn’s years of metal and goldsmith talent. The Colorado native has spent over 10 years as a metalsmith, the last 4 of which have been on the East Coast, traveling between Boston and Tiverton, RI. As an artist of an extremely specialized craft, Arn has mastered what it takes to be, simultaneously, creative and utilitarian. His work is unique and precise, and his jewelry “clean, natural, organic, and elegant.” 

Arn works with mostly reclaimed metals as well  as a colorful selection of rare and luminous gemstones that he and Sue hand-pick in Tuscon, Arizona each year. Diamonds, moonstone, sapphires, labradorite, and opals are just some of the gemstones shining around the shop these days. One of the more unique and symbolic metals he uses is called mokume gane, a beautiful fusion of several precious, layered metals. The modern method of preparing mokume into functional pieces is borrowed from an ancient japanese sword-making technique where metals such as platinum, gold, steel, or silver are combined into a multi-layer billet and then manipulated with heat and pressure into highly choreographed designs.“If you cut the billet in half, it’s a mirror image,” says Arn, a perfect symbol of a symmetrical bond. Partnering with Sue Freda, Arn’s creations likewise represent a harmonious blending of masculine and feminine symmetries.

Arn is a skilled sculptor, carpenter, and designer with both a BFA and MFA in sculpture, and will continue to work with a variety of mediums. But for now he enjoys making wedding jewelry because of its intimate process; “designing with people…finding what’s important to them and trying to manifest that into something that’s meaningful” is his specialty. As a full service shop, Arn is on hand for repairs and custom orders; he can make or fix just about anything. And, “if we don’t have something, we can get it,” says Arn.

Arn is in the gallery most days, making jewelry, resetting stones, resizing rings, engraving, and experimenting with new designs. Both Sue and Arn are available for consultation by appointment, and will be appearing together in Trade Shows around New England this fall. Bring your jewelry and your friends!


Light Air Gold and Wire

Susan Freda was born to make art. For some people, it just happens that way. Growing up with curious mind, and curious hands, she eventually received a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to receive her Master’s degree at Mass Art. Now, Sue’s natural affinity for conceptual design has gained her local and international recognition.

During her early career Sue had one eye on the runway; her linear-modern wire dresses made extravagant statements in the world of high fashion. These crocheted works of art floated into numerous galleries and museums in the US and overseas where they became known for their elemental nature. The gentle intensity of her work captures the natural world and captivates the room, while an ephemeral, romantic quality reflects light and creates a sort of luminous halo around each of the pieces. With names like “cloud” and “nest,” her jewelry lines reveal the earth-inspired movement behind her work. Susan’s newest series of jewelry make bold statements and are special enough to be passed down as heirlooms. Her current focus is on custom engagement rings, and other special occasion jewelry.

Susan works mainly with reclaimed gold, silver, and vermeil (a blend of both), and all her pieces are one of a kind, inspired by snap shots of her environment and experience. “It’s hard to describe the artist drive, it’s just about communicating what you experience…to have an idea and change it into something new for the world.” Wire is a unique and incredibly malleable medium where she hones her patience and seeks a sense of meditation.

As all artists, Susan’s work has evolved, and continues to change in subtle and remarkable ways. She busies her self in her new studio under Gallery4 where she and partner Arn Krebs, operate a full service metal and wire shop, fulfilling custom orders, repairs, and consultations.

She has been granted the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, A De Young Museum Residency, and a Scholarship Pilchuck Glass School. Her work is in the collection of Meditech, Stuart Weitzman, Neiman Marcus, and Fidelity, among others. To learn more about Sue and Arn, visit her website or visit her and her collection in person at Gallery4 at 3848 Main Road in Tiverton.

Wander through her gallery space, try on a ring or necklace, and be enchanted by the light.


Inspired by: A Traveling Pair of Women, and the Souls of their Shoes.

It wasn’t long after she walked into Gallery4, that Alix Cambell fell in love…with a rug. A beautiful deep red rug that made her heart flutter and mind race thinking of the possibilities. But then, she was just a customer…

Long before Gallery4–when the space was just an engineering firm– another love was born. Elaine Hill was living a childhood dream, flying around the world as a flight attendant and making regular, international stops, her favorite of which was from New York to Turkey, a 13-hour one-way flight. With each trip to the mosaic region of the middle east, Elaine brought “wonderful treasures” home to share, or to keep, and soon grew terribly fond of the extraordinary craftsmanship, designs, and cultural history behind what she was buying. Soon she was packing shopping lists in her carry-on, all for friends, family, and acquaintances envying her bounty.

In an unexpected turn of events, Elaine’s career changed forever. September 11th, 2001 devastated her job description by instituting military-like training and demands on airline personnel. After 35 years, Elaine chose to retire. But, as with every ending, that is when a new adventure began for Elaine. Departing from her career with an impressive collection of Turkish imports and a very loyal client base, Elaine accepted an offer to, for one summer, share a gallery space in Tiverton Four Corners with two strangers, Bob Smith and Susan Freda (soon to become valuable business partners, and important friends). The summer of 2003 Gallery4 debut was a hit, and one summer turned into many years, where all three members found permanent homes for their goods.

Elaine Hill and Alix Cambell of “Silk Road Traders”

In stepped Alix Cambell. Alix had worked in the printing and graphics industry and would often come to Gallery4 to buy gifts and admire the imports. “I had ten minutes to buy a birthday gift, and there was this killer red rug, it totally took me by surprise.” The rest, the women say, is history and a lot of hard work. Alix and Elaine became partners (after a succession of rug sales to Alix to satisfy her new-found love) and now travel to Istanbul once a year with a strict budget to survey and choose new imports. Their day lasts from 9 in the morning until sometimes 11 at night visiting sellers, choosing and appraising fabrics, and sometimes guiding the cut and shape of their rugs.

Elaine and Alix’s business, “Silk Road Traders,” speaks to the remarkable trade route where eastern art and craftsmanship originated. Participating in a modern trade route of sorts, their collection includes tribal and contemporary rugs, jewelry, scarves, purses, bags, shoes, and furniture. And each piece is beyond unique. Rugs vary depending on what a given sheep ate that day, or how much lanolin was in their wool. Plants (or bugs) the manufacturers use for dying –like pink rhubarb or shimmering black beetles– affect the depth and range of colors in a piece. The two women work to maintain a gallery of lush colors and quality pieces.

An entire underground room full of rugs at Gallery 4 is where the real magic lies. There you can hear about Nepalese villagers and nomads, dowry pieces, and camel bags-turned-floor-mats. Don’t be shy if Elaine or Alix invite you to “come on downstairs.” It’s another world of lovely.


Alix hasn’t lost the passion she felt when she first encountered the vibrant and luminous red rugs. The color, beauty, and intensity of the rugs still inspire her; it’s “they way they change a room, the way they changed my life.”

Elaine has found a new home in Tiverton Four Corners at Gallery4, and wears her Turkish slippers to work everyday.


Four Owners, Gorgeous Imports, and Inspirational Design at Gallery 4

Step into Gallery 4 and step onto the art districts of New York, Istanbul, and Beijing…and prepare to be awed. These worldly artistic hubs are brought to life at Gallery 4 by amazing, culture-rich pieces hand delivered to you by owners Elaine Hill, Alix Cambell, Bob Smith, and Sue Freda. The four owners make up Gallery 4 and each play a careful hand in the pieces that appear on display. Featured products include turkish piled rugs, kilim slippers, purses, and benches…hand crafted rings and wire jewelry…and stunning regional artwork and oil paintings, some done by elephants. Yes, elephants. Get lost in the fantastical history and details of each gallery piece as you wander through the sunny contemporary space that is Gallery 4. A refreshing blend of ancient and modern design.

Kilim Slippers

Discover why Tiverton locals voted Gallery 4 their favorite 4 Corners shop to browse…and be sure to let us know the pieces you fall in love with!