Estate Sale Goddess: Etta Moten Barnett HOLLYWOOD JEWELRY AUCTION January 23 2022
ETTA MOTEN BARNETT
Long before Downton Abbey or The Queen, there was Etta Moten Barnett! American actress, contralto vocalist, Diplomat, Chicago radio personality, along with her best and final role--ACTIVIST.
Born Arthur George Art Smith, was one of the leading modernist jewelers of the mid-20th century, and one of the few Afro-Caribbean people working in the field to reach international recognition. He trained at Cooper Union, NYU, under Winifred Mason. Smith was born in Cuba, after his parents emigrated there from Jamaica. They moved to New York City when he was three years old.
As an adult, Smith worked in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, running a shop there from 1946 until 1979 (shortly before his death). Smith was a gay Afro-Caribbean, and as a result was subject to attacks shortly after his store opened. A fan of jazz and modern dance, he was personally acquainted with musicians of the period including Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, Eartha Kitt, Talley Beatty and of course our ETTA MOTEN BARNETT.