Gregg Museum of art & design

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Special lecture:  6PM Wednesday June 24

NC State’s McKimmon Conference Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh
FREE ADMISSION    More info:,  919-513-7244


A visual presentation by master silversmith Sydney Scherr, describing how she was invited to join an all-male team of Malaysian and Indian silversmiths in Kuala Lumpur, to construct a spectacularly glittering “palace on wheels” that honors the elephant-headed Hindu deity, Ganesha.


Sydney Scherr is the first female ever allowed to participate in building this special kind of rolling Hindu religious masterpiece:  a temple chariot towering 22 feet tall, encrusted with jewels and clad with 1,760 pounds of burnished sterling silver.


Having taught art and metalsmithing at Meredith College, Parsons School of Design, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, the unique opportunity to celebrate the deity of the arts was too good to pass up. Sydney Scherr has exhibited her metalwork internationally and has received awards from both the American Jewelry Design Council and the North Carolina Jewelers Association. The daughter of celebrated Raleigh artist Mary Ann Scherr, Sydney now teaches as Head of Jewelry Design at the Raffles College of Higher Education in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she has been named Outstanding Educator.