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Harford Magazine
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Tracey Beale Jewelry

 

Tracey Beale now has an affinity for Harford County, but when she moved to Bel Air from Baltimore in the middle of eighth grade, “it was such a culture shock,” she says.

 

“There wasn’t a lot happening out there for a teenager from Baltimore. It was so different. Baltimore is a predominately black city. Harford County is a complete flip-flop. It changed the way I looked at the world.

 

At Bel Air High School, Beale says her artistic side blossomed, and her teachers encouraged her to apply to art school.

 

“Going to MICA, I was like ‘There are other cool weirdos here.’ It wasn’t cool to be weird back then,” she recalls.

 

After graduating in 1997 and traveling the world as a makeup artist, metalsmith and jewelry designer for more than a decade, Beale moved back to Maryland in 2010 to be closer to family.

 

Though she lives in Baltimore—she also works as the marketing and events director at The Real News Network—she visits Harford County at least twice a month and uses the basement of her parents’ Churchville home to complete bigger metal wall pieces.

 

“I like creating in Harford County—especially my larger work as I have more space. It’s much more peaceful, and the landscape in Churchville is beautiful,” she adds. And her jewelry, which she describes as being influenced by the Egyptian and Byzantine empires, is sold in Bel Air at several boutiques. Beale said she’s worked with the owners of Urban Pearl since 2016.

 

But overall, the outlets for artists and designers in Harford County trail other areas, she says.

 

“That’s the one thing that Harford is missing,” Beale says. “There are a lot of places to eat and shop. But when it comes to art and jewelry, I really don’t know where to go.”