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By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2013 (La Mesa) – Community members are invited to support arts programs in local schools on May 2, 2013 from 5-8:30 p.m. when winners of the Golden Artistry Jewelry Design competition will be unveiled at the La Mesa Community Center’s Arbor Room, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.

Students from the Grossmont Union High School District compete annually in the competition sponsored by Golden Artistry. The program benefits arts programs in GUHSD schools. The winning design will be made into a dazzling piece of jewelry by master goldsmith Terry Whyte. You can vote for the Community’s Choice Award; this year’s theme is “growth.” View finalists:

“When I was exposed to metalsmithing, it seemed accidental. I saw a professor silver solder a strip of silver into a ring form, and I knew I had to try to make a ring,” says Whyte.  Three weeks after completing his first ring, he recalls, “I was in business. Nearly three years later, I was accepted into an apprenticeship situation with an English goldsmith.”

He adds, “I believe that there are others who are, like I was, in  the school system but not liking the career options presented. I'm looking for creative talent, to open doors to the many possibilities and to help mentor.” 

For more information, visit Golden Artistry at 8346 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, or visit the company’s website at or the Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition page on Facebook at .

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