What We Do & Why
My name is Terry Whyte, La Mesa artist and Master Goldsmith, and owner of Golden Artistry Jewelry Design. I am looking for sponsors and those who would like to be involved in helping to encourage students with artistic ability to pursue a career in the jewelry industry and artistic endeavors.
The net proceeds raised will benefit the East County schools' arts programs.
In 2009 we sponsored a jewelry design competition in conjunction with Golden Artistry’s 25th Anniversary celebration. It was so well received that we decided to make it an annual event. We were able to raise approximately $2,300 for Friends of East County Arts, Inc., who then put it back into the community and
local schools’ arts, music and theather programs.
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. Within three weeks of completing (after three attempts) my first ring, I was in business. Nearly three years later, I was accepted into an apprenticeship situation with an English Goldsmith. 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. This design competition should appeal to anyone who is able to hold a pencil, and who has seen personal ornamentation. I have 40 years experience I would love to pass along to the students.
The competition is open all students enrolled in Grossmont Union high schools. First, second and third place finalists will receive gift certificates and merchandise, etc. The Grand Prize winner will receive their design as a finished piece of jewelry, an internship, along with cash, and other prizes. The awards will be announced on June 9th 2016, 5:45 p.m. at The GUHSD Office (924 East Maine St., El Cajon 92020).
The intern program started in 2009, it was started in order to encourage students with artistic ability to pursue careers in a creative field. Projects are designed to teach specific skills. Students will learn repair, wax carving, metal fabrication, jewelry finishing, design considerations, business and people skills. By immersing students into a business environment, we want to make them employable, and a vital part of a productive society.
Consider being a sponsor for the event or volunteering your services.
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Golden Artistry © 2014 Terry Whyte
What Teachers are saying -
"Terry Whyte has been one of the most generous people I have ever known. In an age when politicians and businesses pay lip service to education, but do not take any action to help our students, Mr. Whyte has donated his time, money, supplies, and business knowledge to help students throughout the East County. Four years ago, he started a Jewelry Competition that benefits all of the high schools in the area. Each year he raises funds through the auction that accompanies the competition. Those funds go directly back to the students through the award money as well as through the donations that he gives to the Friends of East County Arts Inc. This money is then re-distributed to the schools. He also offers internships to any motivated student who wishes to learn more about the jewelry field. He has had at least 10 students work in his store. The students themselves have expressed their deep respect and gratitude to Mr. Whyte for the opportunity he provides them. In addition to this, Mr. Whyte has donated supplies directly to the jewelry programs. This has helped us during the past few years as budgets have shrunk and supply costs have increased. Mr. Whyte’s passion for the jewelry field and for our students is clearly demonstrated by his actions and he is greatly deserving of this recognition."
-Nicole Travis, Art Department Teacher/Chair
"I am a teacher at one of the district high schools and we participated in the first annual jewelry designing competition held by Terry Whyte of Golden Artistry. My students were excited to think that their design could be made into a finished piece of art. They came up with many creative ideas and we were able to submit 12 entries. The awards ceremony was held at the La Mesa Community Center with a nice assortment of food and many excited participants. My students were fortunate to come away with a first place, a third place and an honorable mention.
Terry Whyte has been so generous with his time and money. Along with the help of Friends of East County Arts, he gave monetary awards along with art supplies to the winners. One of my students has been doing an internship with him once a week and has been getting valuable experience in the jewelry field.
He also volunteered to come to our school and be filmed by the video production class so that we could watch him make a lost wax carving from one of my student’s designs. We will be able to watch that video over and over.
The whole experience has been exciting for me and my students and we plan to enter the competition again this year. Thank you Terry."
-P.R., Santana High School