Q3 Art Inc. Has been creating unique, original, and affordable products in the Chicago Illinois area for over 20 years! The company was founded in 1988 by Marvin Shafer (BFA 1968, University of Illinois, Champaign), a goldsmith and sculptor with 30 years of working experience as a commission artist and teacher. He was on the faculty of Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL) and the Evanston Art Center (Evanston, IL) 1972-1976.
As a freelance artist he has created thousands of one-of-a-kind pieces of art for corporations and individuals. A few of the recipients include Carson Pirie Scott & Co., Jim Beam Corp, Illinois Masonic hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital (NJ), UMass Memorial Hospital, Hugh Hefner, George Carlin, the Upjohn family and Christian MacArther.
Q3 was developed to create quality, handmade jewelry that was artistic yet affordable. Anodized aluminum was chosen as the primary medium because of its ability to display saturated color, availability of recycled aluminum and the low ecological damage which occurs in the process.
In 1991, Michelle Shafer, with a background in metal smithing, jewelry and design, began streamlining the look, adding niobium accents and broadening the color palette from 10 shades to 36. She does a tremendous amount of the designing as well as the color work.
Q3 Art has become a real fusion of two artists creating unique and innovative work to be enjoyed!
We are members of the American Craft Council displaying our work at many of their shows across the country as well as the Illinois Artisans Program. We also participate in many art fairs in the mid-west as well as selling to many top galleries and museum shops through out the United States.