Nancy Linkin has been metalsmithing for going on 40 years and making finely formed sculptural jewelry for 22, forming wearable swirls of precious metal using hammers and stakes, then polishing them to a silky gleam. Her work is available at Rockland’s Harbor Square Gallery … and at a pancake breakfast during Toboggan Nationals weekend in Camden.

Linkin has put a pair of her signature earrings, sterling silver on one side and 18K gold on the other, up for raffle with all proceeds going to the nonprofit Teen Center. The earrings sell for around $400 dollars at the gallery, but raffle tickets are $5 each, $10 for three.

“I can’t afford a pair of them,” Linkin joked. “I wanted to do a raffle so anyone can afford to have a chance.”

Linkin had donated another pair of earrings just before Christmas, which helped the Teen Center, which lost some of its funding recently, make ends meet. This second raffle is timed so the earrings can be a Valentine’s Day gift. The drawing will be Thursday, Feb. 11. Tickets are on sale at the Teen Center, 10 Knowlton St., after school days and at HAV II on Elm Street/Route 1. Tickets also will be sold during the Teen Center’s Toboggan Nationals pancake breakfast Saturday, Feb. 6 from 7 to 9 a.m.

Linkin’s two youngest sons are both in middle school and head down Knowlton Street to the Teen Center more often than not after school. There, they can work on homework, take part in a variety of activities, have a healthy snack and be supervised “but not in the way a mother does,” she said, which is a good fit for the middle school years.

“It’s such a good thing, such a wonderful service for our community. And it’s free, so any kid who wants to can go there, which I think is huge,” said Linkin.

The artist works at her home studio on Molyneaux Road these days, but used to work in Burkettville, so she said the Teen Center has been a big help for her and her boys. She said she likes all the staff members and her sons do too. Donating her work to help keep the center going just makes sense, especially this time of year.

“I thought that a Valentine’s Day raffle would be good, where other things are slow in the winter,” she said.

For more information about Linkin’s jewelry and sculptures, visit The Teen Center always welcomes donations, including those in memory of late board member Molly Fitch. For more information about the Teen Center, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to