Tuesday Dec 20 2011
Arist, jeweler bridge personal, work lives in Folsom
By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
FOLSOM, CA - The driving forces behind Rainbow Bridge Jewelers are familiar faces in town in many ways. Jim Kelly is a painter, jeweler, artist and musician. His wife, Dorothy Cormack, sits on the Folsom Historic District Commission and a board member for the Folsom Historical Society. Kelly designs the jewelry while Cormack handles the advertising, promotional material and flyers. What were you doing before Rainbow Bridge Jewelers? Cormack: Before this I was just an artist. It’s been so long. We’ve been here (at the store) 34 years. How long have you been married? Kelly: Hmmm ... we’re not really sure. We lived together for a while before that. Cormack: We can’t remember. About 27 years, I’d say. We met when I came to him to have a pair of earrings made. He saw me on TV and wanted to get involved with a project I was working on called Sculpture Sacramento. That was in 1981. What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened to you? Kelly: Probably our ability to travel. Cormack: Probably our trip to Morocco. Kelly: We went to an international music festival. Tell us about your family. Cormack: My son is in London. He’s an architect. Kelly: I have to adult daughters. One in Sacramento and one in San Francisco (who is) an ironman tri-athlete. What is your favorite movie? Cormack: That’s hard because we don’t really go out to the movies. What is your favorite book? Kelly: The “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series. Cormack: That’s the best thing I’ve read in a long time. I also like Tom Wolfe’s stuff. What hobbies do you enjoy? Kelly: My profession and my hobby are rolled into one. Cormack: When you’re an artist, they are the same. Jim plays music. He’s the lead guitarist in our house band, Dr. Placebo, and he likes to paint. Kelly: I guess if you had to say we had a hobby, it would be travel. Rainbow Bridge Jewelers is located at 721 Sutter St., Folsom. Their phone number is (916) 985-7618.