Ann Ahlswede - Biography

Ann Ahlswede began her career in the arts as a novelist and went on from there into figurative and abstract paintings in oil watercolor and acrylic. Her work has received awards in numerous gallery and museum showings in the western United States and in England. Her paintings are currently represented by the Prentice Gallery, Mendocino, CA.

In recent years she has discovered the fascinating art of designing one- of-a-kind jewelry items from antique and contemporary components. Her work is seen in art galleries and museum collectors’ galleries in Southern California, among them the Mingei International Museum of Folk Art in San Diego, Brandon Gallery in Fallbrook and the Prentice Gallery in Mendocino.

-----Jewelry designing is a joy and a challenge. I love to bring together the old and the new, to bridge countries and cultures and to combine exotic colors and natural stones with the marvelous glass art being made today, as well as with old wave-washed beach glass and found objects. It is a never ending source of pleasure to see all this beauty come together and express itself---