Museum Showcases Work Of Renowned Talisman Artist

By  //  December 10, 2012

Exhibition Runs Through Jan. 6

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – An exhibition of distinctive, intricate jewelry, created as talismans by renowned artist D.X. Ross, continues at the Foosaner Art Museum.

Unique talismans created by artist D.X. Ross will be exhibited starting Oct. 5 at the Foosaner Art Museum in Melbourne. (Image courtesy Foosaner Art Museum)

A consummate creator Ross (1953 to 2008), was perhaps best known for her totemic jewelry; it is hand-wrought, intricate metal work, comprising juxtaposed materials of precious and semi-precious stones, unusual shapes and sharp contrasts.

Known for working in a distinctive, monochromatic form of enameling, called grisaille, Ross incorporated her drawings into amulets, created with hidden spaces to allow room for what she called “the spirit of the piece” to reside.

A prolific artist, Ross was also an etcher, lithographer and painter; she also created works in clay and fiber. Her work is in several collections, held in museums and privately, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Ross earned a BFA in printmaking at the State University of New York in Buffalo, in 1974 and her MFA in metal-smithing and jewelry in 1986 at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Ross lived in Melbourne Beach from 2001 to 2008 and the local showing 0f her work will run through Jan. 6.

The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is $5; with $2 for seniors, children and students with identification. Admission is free for museum members, Florida Tech faculty, staff and students. Admission is free on Thursdays for everyone.

Special rates and tours are available for groups of eight or more. For more information, call 321-242-0737 or visit