Guest artist Haley Cassiday Wayman returns to Alliance Art Gallery on Saturday

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Necklaces created by Haley Cassiday Wayman | Photo courtesy of Alliance Art Gallery

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Alliance Art Gallery welcomes returning guest artist and Hannibal native Haley Cassiday Wayman for December.

The community is invited to meet Wayman and many other artists at a Second Saturday event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, which coincides with the Historic Downtown Hannibal’s popular Living Windows event.

Wayman has had a love of jewelry and found renewed confidence in her art skills while in art classes at Hannibal High School. As an adult, she and her future husband moved to New Orleans, where she was constantly inspired by the culture there. Later they moved to Denver, where she found a metalsmith who was willing to take her on as an apprentice for several months, Wayman set up a small studio in her home. Now living in St. Louis, she now works from a studio in her mother-in-law’s home.

Wayman works with a 90-year-old stonecutter, who sends her stones. She works primarily with buffalo turquoise and uses the variety of shapes of the stone to dictate the design of her pieces.

When asked if she was particularly inspired by any one artist, she said it was Pamela Love, a jewelry artist from New York. In fact, when Wayman inherited a piece of jewelry from her grandmother, she sent a stone from the piece to Love for her to design and set in her own wedding ring.

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