At the opening reception, gallery guests admired the interplay of the jewelry and nail art. Photography by Lidija Ristic

 At the opening reception, gallery guests admired the interplay of the jewelry and nail art. Photography by Lidija Ristic

Following on the heels of other nail art gallery exhibits (such as Chicago artist Dzine’s traveling Imperial Nails and Nailed exhibits and London’s Nailphilia in 2011), a San Francisco gallery showcased nail art as works of art during January and February. 24k Studios wanted to draw parallels between the dynamic innovations of nail art and the one-of-a-kind wearable art being created by emerging jewelers. The nail artists — Astrowifey, Britney Tokyo, Haus of Lacquer, The Illustrated Nail, Fleury Rose, Nail Jerks, Nail Swag, and NancyMc — were paired with jewelry designers and asked to respond to each other’s designs. Each of the 12 resulting collaborations featured an original submission, including a new ring or nail tip set.

The piece “Vintage Wasps” by NancyMc was one of the nail art creations on display. Photography by Bret Woodard

The piece “Vintage Wasps” by NancyMc was one of the nail art creations on display. Photography by Bret Woodard

For the opening reception on Jan. 25, nail artists Nail Jerks and Nail Swag created nail art designs live on site. Selected works were then installed in storefront windows through Feb. 17.

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