BAR HARBOR — Local jewelry designer and maker Tegan Curry has created three unique pieces as a custom, limited-edition collection to help raise funds and awareness for Mount Desert Island Hospital and its health centers.
“This project is an exciting way to help the community grow, and support our hospital,” Tegan said. “With the help of anyone who purchases one of these three designs, this project will bring good things to grow our hospital, and benefit those who need our help.”
A Bar Harbor native, Curry has built her jewelry company over the past 12 years, selling her creations at local stores across Mount Desert Island and in Portland. Her popular LobsterBand Rings were recently featured in Down East magazine as a reader-nominated favorite.
Curry attended Maine College of Art, and graduated with a BFA in metalsmithing in 2003. Her jewelry often mimics plants, the ocean and coastal Maine living.
When MDI Hospital approached the artist about collaborating on a special series of jewelry, she was interested right away.
“What Tegan has created for us is beautiful, authentic and so evocative of our unique island community and the way that we all work together to care for one another,” hospital spokesman Oka Hutchins remarked.
Curry’s special edition jewelry series echoes the hospital’s Circle of Care, a continuous circle that represents the interconnectedness of the MDI community and a connection to nature, health and wholeness. Handcrafted from Sterling silver, the series includes a pendant with a peridot accent, a slightly larger pendant on a simple black cord and a set of earrings.
“We are thrilled to work with Tegan to continue our tradition of limited-edition, MDI-inspired jewelry established by Noelle Wolf and Susan Rockefeller last year,” said Lani Naihe, director of advancement at MDI Hospital. “This project just goes to show how much good we can do when we work together.”
All proceeds will go directly to the health of the MDI community. The pendants cost $195 each, and the earrings can be purchased for $165 a pair.