An eye for the eclectic and a flair for the unexpected best describe the multi-faceted artwork of Sandra Plaga.
Friends characterized her as the most creative person they have ever known, and collectors of her jewelry can expect works that are distinctive and unduplicated.
To Sandra, who graduated with a fine arts degree from Michigan State University with continued study in Paris, Italy and Switzerland, art presentation, asymmetrical appeal and scale define her work.
Throughout her life, she found inspiration in her travels. After retiring in 2003 from her family’s successful retail operations in northern Michigan, she and her husband Paul began splitting time between Leelanau County, Michigan, and western Arizona. Her father was Native American and she embraced her heritage.
While in the Southwest, the couple would collect gems and minerals, bones, beads, glass, copper and brass artifacts from antique dealers and estate sales. These finds were incorporated into her jewelry, using her exceptional visualization skills. The one-of-a-kind pieces became stunning in their uniqueness, and are sought after by those who appreciate jewelry that not everyone else will be wearing. The terms "statement piece" and "attention grabber" come to mind when viewing Sandra's jewelry. Her work invokes the realization that they were created by someone who had a sense of stylish daring not all jewelry artists possess.
In 2010, she began selling her unique jewelry and the Fine Art Mart is honored to represent her stunning works posthumously. Sandra passed away in 2015.