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Lynn Floriano – Volunteer Spotlight

threeLynn Floriano is a working artist and educator. She exhibits her contemporary enamels and jewelry in the Chicago area. She has exhibited her work with the American Craft Council and the Chicago Merchandise Mart. Her work is currently traveling with The International Enamelist’s Society Exhibit “Alchemy.” Her work has been purchased by museum stores, corporations, and individuals and she has won numerous awards. Her work has been featured in Art Jewelry Magazine (January 2012, Gallery) and published in American Art Collector (Alcove Books).

Her love of color is easily satisfied by the medium of enameling. She incorporates in her pieces the techniques of limoge, cloisonné and grisaille enamels. She enjoys the rich surfaces, textures and depth she can achieve with enamels. She combines metals and enamels to make them do what may seem uncharacteristic; flow, bend, appear fragile, hold precious things. Her work is reminiscent of the elegant forms of nature, which is forever evolving and generating new inspiration.

Lynn teaches in the Art and Design Department at Columbia College, Chicago (adjunct faculty) and at College of Lake County in the Fine Arts Dept (adjunct faculty). She has also taught workshops at Columbia College/Chicago and Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where she received her M.A. and M.F.A.

Lynn’s time is limited with teaching, family and studio work but she enjoys volunteering when she can.


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2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

LAA_Fred_Woell, Eleanor, CindySNAG is proud to present the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to J. Fred Woell

J. Fred Woell has had a successful career in art and education that spans 50 years. He’s taught quite a number of well-known jewelry artists, and is noted for being the first in the field to work with cast found objects and found objects in his metalwork for political and social commentary.

WoellSocialSecurity“I make things I hope people can laugh at and yet take seriously. I use my work as a platform to express my reaction to things I see around me. I use humor in my work to make the serious nature of those things bearable.

It is my aim to make an object look complete and posses a quality that gives the work a presence or life of its own. I try hard to keep the freshness of my fingerprint on the work and to maintain an intimate, spontaneous quality that will give it a timeless character. I work largely with found objects that come into my life by serendipity. I do my best to allow these “things” I assemble to come together and form unique objects. Taking the chance of assembling these things means some things must be changed and even destroyed when they are assembled. It makes the work a discovery and keeps the creative process edgy. ”

WoellMetalsmithCoverHis pieces are in the permanent collections of museums across the country, including the American Craft Museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum.

Woell’s work has been published in Metalsmith and Ornament magazines, numerous jewelry reference books, and he’s the author of Handouts from the 20th Century: A Collection of Teaching Aids Created and Gathered by J. Fred Woell During 20 Years of Teaching.

Woell_TheGoodTheBadHis teaching career has included teaching positions at Boston University; Swain School of Design, New Bedford, Mass.; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; and the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Woell has received 3 National Endowment for the Arts Grants, an American Craft Council award (1995), a Society of Arts and Crafts Arts Award (2004), a “Master Craft Artist Recognition” by the Maine Crafts Association (2009), and in 2010, The Florida Society of Goldsmiths named Woell the recipient of their National Metalsmith’s Hall of Fame award.

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Treasurer’s Chest – May 2012

Hello again! The topic for this column will be the budget for the year 2012. Rather than wait for the annual meeting, I will cover the major issues and salient points within the budget with broad strokes. Hopefully this will help with questions that might arise as you review the numbers.

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In Remembrance: Grant Sarver

s_Grant_SarverGrant Sarver passed away on January 2, 2012 due to an aortic aneurism. He was a Founding Member of the NorthWest Blacksmith Association, past NWBA Board Member, and a very gracious supporter and contributor to their organization and the world of blacksmithing. He was a unique fire that burnt brightly amongst our forges and will be very much missed.


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In Remembrance: Jan Peters

s_Jan_PetersJan Peters, a prominent figure in the American craft movement, passed away December 5, 2011 in Los Angeles after a twelve-year battle with cancer. She was 64. Peters and business partner Ray Leier established del Mano Gallery in 1973 in Pasadena, CA to represent artists exploring the creative potential of traditional craft media, including wood, glass, ceramic, fiber and metal. Now based in West Los Angeles, del Mano Gallery is one of the oldest and most influential fine craft galleries in the world, exhibiting work by an international array of artists and placing studio craft objects with leading collectors and museums.