Four NEW Featured Artists in store this Summer!

This season we are featuring four new contemporary American Metalsmiths in our galleria. In addition to our in-house created collections, we are spotlighting the work of Jen Surine, Peter Antor, Emma Hoekstra, and Tedd McDonah. Check out the images below and read the artist bios for a sneak preview, or join us in-store to see the entire collections beginning during the Downtown Racine Art Walk on July 20th. See you Downtown!!!

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Jen Surine

Jen Surine received her BFA in 2008 from Grand Valley State University and resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The majority of her work is built of wire creating architectural and geometric "openwork” forms resembling three-dimensional lace. Surine incorporates her love of stones by integrating faceted and cabochon gems into some of her pieces. These details come together to create jewelry with an overall ethereal quality.

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Peter Antor

Peter Antor received his MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Grand Valley State University in 2011. Peter works with a wide range of materials from precious metals to concrete and wood, his body of work ranges from sculptural jewelry to functional lamp work. He is heavily influenced by architecture and says it plays a huge role in his work and designs. Peter is currently working as a visiting professor at Grand Valley State University.

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Emma Hoekstra

Emma Hoekstra received her BFA in 2017 from Grand Valley State University and placed as a top 5 finalist for the Halstead Grant in 2018 - A national grant for emerging artists. She enjoys working with bold lines, angular organics, and fabricating dimensional geometrics to create modern elegance. Every piece is made to stand out, encourage, uplift, and build confidence. Personal loss grounds her work; everyone has stories. One can hide it or choose to share it with others. Her work connects her with people and shares her stories.

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Tedd McDonah

Tedd started making metal objects and jewelry in 1992 while enrolled in college at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. His main focus after graduating was to become more proficient in production of mokume-gane. He began making decorative and/or allegorical fishing lures while pursuing an MFA at Arizona State University. That, in turn, became the basis for his Masters of Fine Arts thesis. As an educator, he has taught metalsmithing/jewelry/blacksmithing at several colleges/universities, including: University of Toledo, Wayne State University, Rowan University, and Arizona State University.

Art Events Season in full swing with Peep Show, DRAW, Get Behind the Arts, and more!

Welcome, Spring!!! The Racine wildlife is waking up and so is the events calendar. Here’s a few things to look forward to as things heat up Downtown, click the links for more information:

So much to do and see in Downtown Racine. Hope to see you soon!

Lots of Fun Events this Holiday Season!

The Holiday season is just getting started in Downtown Racine! Following is a list of the fun things we have to look forward to in the next couple months. Stop in the store or call 262-633-0545 with any questions about the upcoming holiday season. See you Downtown!!!

Holiday Parade Wish List Event– Nov. 10th @10am-5pm

 Wish List sign-ups receive choice of one complimentary glass of Uncorkt Wine or Beer. No purchase necessary!


Downtown Racine Art Walk- Nov. 17th @4-8pm

New work from in-house artists. Limited Edition release.


Small Business Saturday– Nov. 24th @10am-5pm

Gift with purchase.


Cyber Monday– Nov. 26th @ALL DAY

See for details.


First Friday– Dec. 7th @4-9pm

In-store specials and refreshments.


Customer Appreciation Party– Dec. 7th @6-9pm

Gift with purchase, in-store specials, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.


Downtown Open House– Dec 8th @10-5pm

In-store specials, refreshments, and raffle.


Hello, Fall!

As the summer weather leaves us, here at AMS we are looking forward to all the fun that the end of the year brings to Racine. Be sure to check our events calendar page for a full list of events and details about the upcoming end of year festivities. See you Downtown!!!

Please click through the gallery below to see a small sample of what we’ve been creating in the studio this season:

Contemporary Mokume Gane - Guest Artist Collections thru June 10th at Art Metals Studio!

This First Friday (June 1st) thru June 10th (Sunday) Art Metals Studio will be showcasing the art of several regional and national artists working in Mokume Gane, an ancient Japanese metalsmithing technique. In addition to our own collection, we will be showcasing the work of U.S. artists David BarnhillDavid HuangTheresa KwongJulie SanfordJames BinnionDavid Doran, and Julie Papageorge

Make sure to also visit the Japanese Studio Craft exhibit at the Racine Art Museum, and enjoy free RAM admission on First Friday!

Ready for Summer!

Welcome Boaters, Tourists, Locals, and Day-Trippers! We have so many wonderful happenings going on in Downtown Racine this summer, be sure to check the calendar page on our website for more information. 

If you wish to start a custom jewelry project this summer, click the contact us link on our website to set up a consultation today!

Join us for D.R.A.W. on April 21st!

Click here to see local artists, including our very own Chris Sklba, talking about the DRAW event on Fox 6 Milwaukee!

The Downtown Racine Art Walk is coming up quick, and we're so excited to share the new things we've been working on! Saturday, April 21st from 4-8pm, stroll the streets of Downtown Racine and check out what this wonderful art community has to offer. Stop in AMS (332 Main Street) for fun and refreshments, and stay to see examples and demonstrations of a few of the techniques we use in our workshop! See you Downtown!!! Click here for more information about this wonderful event!

Celebrate the return of First Fridays!

It's almost April, and that means everyone's favorite Downtown event, FIRST FRIDAY, is kicking off! 

Friday, April 6th, test your Gem knowledge by playing “Know Your Bling”!!! In honor of April's Birthstone, Diamond, we're holding another gemstone guessing contest. Stop in the store on April 6th, from 10am - 9pm, and try your hand at Diamond identification! Guess which stone is Diamond from the contest tray to be entered into a drawing for a super-sparkly AMS Diamond pendant! Guess wrong? AMS's knowledgeable staff will be there to educate you on how to tell the difference in the future. One guess per customer. The winner of the drawing will be announced on Saturday, April 7th.

Shine on!!! See you there!

Diamond rings by Art Metals Studio.

Diamond rings by Art Metals Studio.

Personalize an Item for Your Sweetie!

Let them know how much you care and how thoughtful you are by personalizing your item! Many of our in-stock jewelry pieces can be personalized and engraved SAME DAY. Just ask in-store about different available styles and make your Sweetheart's day!

Below are just a few examples of in-stock items that have room for a personal message, name, or date! Click through the gallery or contact us to see more.

Fire and Ice Festival on Monument Square plus Restaurant Week Kick off!

On Saturday, January 20th, Downtown Racine is hosting a winter party that is NOT TO BE MISSED! The Downtown Racine Fire and Ice Festival is a FREE public event, with FREE outdoor Ice Skating on the square and FREE skate rental between Noon-5p. There'll be ice carvers, art and craft vendors, food trucks, and more! Click here for more information. Click here to view the event on Facebook.

January 20th is also the kick off date for Downtown Racine Restaurant Week!

Let us be your shopping guides!

Does the person on your shopping list have a favorite "lucky" gemstone? Want to know the perfect AMS jewelry item to have engraved? Looking for a specific size or style? WE'RE HERE TO HELP! Feel free to call ahead (262-633-0545) or ask in-store for special assistance. We're happy to guide you in finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And as always, we offer FREE Gift Wrapping every day!

See you Downtown. Happy shopping!!!

Holiday shopping in Downtown Racine, 1962. Image credit  click here.

Holiday shopping in Downtown Racine, 1962. Image credit click here.

Customer Appreciation!

Join us this First Friday, December 2nd as we celebrate you, our customers. Stop in between Noon and 8 PM for a chance to win up to a $100 gift certificate.  Specials and refreshments from 5-9pm. Also, receive a gift with purchase you'll be sure to enjoy!  See you soon!