After operating out of a mobile art gallery for several years, artist and jewelry designer Paola Giordano has opened a brick and mortar store, Pagio Jewelry Designs.
As a jewelry designer, Giordano had for years traveled around, participating in juried fine art shows. In 2014, she purchased an old FedEx truck, revamped the interior and launched The Pagio Truck mobile gallery. Now, at Pagio Jewelry Designs — whose name is a combination of the first few letters of her name — Giordano has found a permanent fine crafts gallery in Oyster Bay.
“It’s predominantly a jewelry gallery, but I also once again take in the work of other fine craft artisans,” says Giordano.
Giordano fabricates all of her jewelry pieces from unique semiprecious stones combined with precious metals, like sterling silver, copper, pewter and brass.
There’s an assortment of necklaces, bracelets and earrings made with fresh water pearls, natural turquoise, apatite, amazonite, prehnite, kyanite and other stones. Giordano also designs custom and special occasion work.
In addition to Giordano’s jewelry, Pagio carries works from artisans from Long Island and New York City.
There’s pottery, both traditional and contemporary pieces, from various stoneware to platters, decorative vases and coffee mugs, and framed fine oil landscape and still life paintings.
In sculpture, there are wood abstract and traditional creations, including sailboats and carved birds, all made from ethically sourced laminated pine and Honduran mahogany and industrial sculptures of lamps and other functional pieces fashioned from metal scrapes.
Pagio also carries natural soy candles with essential oils and colorful, whimsical paintings, prints and children’s books done by a children’s illustrator.
Prices start at $18 for a children’s book or candle and go up to $6,000 for a wood sculpture.
Pagio is located at 19 Spring St., in Oyster Bay. The store is open Thursday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment. Extended hours in summer; 631- 559-7103, pagio.biz.