MISH COMES TO MONTECITO

His full name is Mish Tworkowski, but he goes by Mish. Not unlike Oprah, The Donald or Hillary he only requires a first name to readily identify him as an icon of his craft or talent. In short time, Mish has built a small fine jewelry design empire in New York, where he spends most of his time in a tree-lined brownstone boutique on Lexington Avenue.

On October 28, Mish will make a rare appearance outside of his Manhattan confines to be here in Montecito, at Coast Village restaurant Lucky’s. His timeless collection of earrings, bracelets, broaches and neck pieces will be for purchase, with a percentage of his sales going to support community programs at Lotusland.

“I am a big fan of Lucky’s and eat there whenever I come through town,” Mish said. “I feel ‘lucky’ that the owners, Gene and Arlene Montesano, like my jewelry as much as I like their food. I am thrilled that they are hosting this event for me.”

From the 200 pieces that he’ll bring with him to the show, Mish will be debuting a necklace, the “Nichols,” a composite of multi-colored precious and semi-precious stones with a detachable stone pendant made of pink tourmaline.

Mish’s signature piece, a water lily brooch, will also be featured at Lucky’s, as will a pagoda brooch and a new Henderson brooch in aquamarine and peridot.

An avid gardener, Mish visited Santa Barbara for the first time 20 years ago when he fell in love with the climate and large range of botanical specimens that call this town home. He said he was interested in the quirkiness of a cactus plant growing next to a rosebush and after touring the grounds at Lotusland four years ago he said, “the combination of the beautiful site, the incredible plant specimens and the amazing mind that put it together has created one of the most memorable gardens that I have ever visited.” He’s described Ganna Walska, the Lotusland creator, as an “artistic genius,” an inspired plant collector and brilliant decorator.

With his strong support of botanical gardens, it isn’t surprising that Mish’s work is inspired from natural elements such as rare orchids and American garden flowers and garden structures such as 18th century English follies. He turns these items into fragile handmade 18-karat gold treasures. His ability to capture the colors and texture of a water lily or a hibiscus blossom in the form of jewelry has garnered him praise from a score of publications: Vogue, Departures, Distinctions and Town & Country, the last of which selected Mish this year as one of five great jewelry designers in America.

The Mish event runs from 10 am to 5 pm. Purchases of items are not tax deductible. Light snacks will be served and Lucky’s will also be open for lunch. No reservations are necessary. Lucky’s is located at 1279 Coast Village Road. For more info call Lotusland at 969-3767. To view Mish items online visit www.mishnewyork.com.