Dear friends of noa:

It is with a sad, sad heart, that I announce noa will be closing when our lease is up at the end of January 2019.  Everyone who has supported and encouraged us and our New England artisans over the last three years has been amazing.  We have felt the love.   I have cherished every moment of this journey; and I THANK YOU for sharing these years with us.

Starting immediately, the entire store will be 20% off (30% off holiday items); and display fixtures/furniture will also be available.  Please stop in for some good deals and for us to bid you a fond farewell (note--we will be closed on Sundays in January). West Concord is a wonderful place, and I hope that you continue to support this growing community.

 

Wishing you all the best, and with gratitude,

Karen Currie

noa Designs, LLC

 

If, by chance, you know of anyone who might sincerely be interested in continuing the noalegacy, please have them contact me as soon as possible at info@noagifts.com or via a private FB message to @noagiftsconcord.

Betsy Frost - Jewelry

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Betsy Frost grew up in North Bennington, Vermont, the eldest daughter of 10 children. She always thought she would be a doctor, as her father had been taking her along on his surgical rounds from the time she was six. But after a discouraging glimpse of the pre-med rigors at Williams College, Betsy majored in psychology instead.

After graduation from Williams in 1987, Betsy waited tables in St. Thomas, danced her way around the world with "Up With People," and studied silversmithing in Sweden, and at Skidmore College. She later moved to Boston to be trained for a "real job" enrolling in a master's program in Counseling Psychology, but still continued taking classes in silversmithing. It didn't take her long to discover that she really wanted to design jewelry, so she quit the master's program and began studying at the Massachusetts College of Art.

Betsy graduated with a BA in Metals from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1996.  She moved into a studio in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston and crafted her first collection.  Business has been booming ever since.

Betsy is inspired by such artists as Matisse and Degas, but also gets many of her ideas from her immediate surroundings--the shape of a flower or shell, or the "line" of a piece of furniture.  She is mesmerized by patterns in tapestry, wallpaper and carpet and confesses that when she is talking to someone, she is usually studying the wallpaper or designs in the carpet, trying to envision them as beautiful pieces of jewelry.

Betsy currently resides in Ipswich, Massachusetts with her husband Jeff, sons Connor and Rowan, and dogs Jack, Scarlet and Mischa.