Marilyn Bohanan Loveland, CO

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Marilyn Bohanan's interests in anthropology led to a bachelor of fine art degree wfrom the University of Missouri, which included anthropology and a minor in Spanish. She also minored in botany and art.

 

Her idea was to travel to Mexico and become an anthropologist. After her marriage, she moved around, and at one point in her career, she taught at the Southwest Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs while living in Green River. 

 

In 1989, Bohanan received a degree from the Gemological Institute of America. The following year she started beadwork and then took classes in the design and manufacture of jewelry. 

 

The way Bohanan approaches the design of a specific piece is to first look at the stone -- its color and its shape. The objective is to create something that will enhance the stone rather than a piece of jewelry where the stone is added. She works mainly with bronze, copper and silver, and likes to add texture.