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In Remembrance: Betsy Douglas

Betsy Douglas Metal and BeyondWe are saddened to announce that long-time SNAG member Betsy Douglas passed away on September 2, 2016. Douglas was an Arizona icon in the metals field with an illustrious career. Her work ranged from modern designs in silver, gold, pewter and titanium to more recent work with lead computer frames, Chinese coins, aluminum, brass and copper. Douglas served on the SNAG board from 1992 to 1994. In 2014 her art was featured in the exhibition Betsy Douglas: Metal and Beyond at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Mesa, Arizona. As a maker, her strength was in the excellence of design and elegance of form.


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SNAG Links Project Now Online

The SNAG Links Project was originally conceived of and coordinated by Linda Kaye-Moses in the 1990s. Linda invited 12 artists to create a link (a pendant-like adornment) utilizing their unique skill-sets.

Victoria Lansford revived the project in 2015/2016. Some of the links are available for purchase through our newest online exhibitionA portion of the proceeds benefit SNAG.

Each artist also contributed a chapter to the ebooks Linking Our Lineage, also available for purchase. Proceeds benefit SNAG.

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Critical Craft Forum: Gender & Jewelry

Call for Papers
Deadline August 30, 2016

“Critical Craft Forum: Gender and Jewelry”
Chairs: Namita Gupta Wiggers, Critical Craft Forum and Benjamin Lignel, Art Jewelry Forum

Critical Craft ForumDespite the connection between jewelry and the body, significant critical analysis of the relationship between gender and adornment – particularly of contemporary art jewelry – is nascent at best. Critical Craft Forum is seeking papers that explore connections between this subject and forms of adornment, ornament, and art jewelry.

Submit 250-300 words on one specific question or issue about gender and jewelry in your research or art practice.
Email: namita_wiggers@yahoo.com, editor@artjewelryforum.org

Selected panelists (six) will be invited to participate in online private and public discussions preceding the College Art Association (CAA) conference (February 15-18, 2017, New York, NY) via Art Jewelry Forum and Critical Craft Forum.

At the CAA conference, panelists will each present a brief, focused eight-minute paper, to be followed by a workshop/discussion among panelists and attendees, to be led by Lignel and Wiggers. Session is scheduled for February 16, 2017.

The goals: to identify and work collaboratively with researchers and artists exploring the relationship between gender and jewelry; to work collectively prior to the panel to build a core group with shared interests; to publicly share individual research investigations in the CAA session; and to use the broader collective group of attendees gathered for the session to further questions, thinking and concerns to expand critical frameworks for further study. Collective project work for this session with panelists and panel attendees will be acknowledged and explored in a forthcoming publication – the first to critically examine gender and art jewelry – currently being researched by Lignel and Wiggers.


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Books & DVDs

“New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World” by Nicolas Estrada. This marvelously illustrated survey showcases 591 contemporary rings, created by nearly 300 designers from around the world, divided into five sections—one for each finger. A list of many more books is in this week’s news post.

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Member Achievements – August 2016

Ornament Thurman articleDon’t miss the 6-page feature article on Umut Demirgüç Thurman and James Thurman in the October issue of Ornament magazine.

Cate RichardsAmerican Craft Week has announced their Rising Stars, naming 30 exceptional craft artists under the age of 30. Their list includes five SNAG members: Anna Johnson, Emily Shaffer, Alice Scott, Amber Harrison, and Cate Richards (at right). Richards was also SNAG’s 2016 Conference Planning Intern.

Thomas Mann Gallery IOThomas Mann Gallery I/O in New Orleans received INSTORE Magazine’s first place award for America’s Coolest Small Jewelry Store. Mann makes, displays and sells his jewelry and metal sculpture, holds classes, and hosts exhibitions in the space.

Craft School Experience podcastThe Craft School Experience has posted podcast episodes with Tim McCreight and Tom Joyce. Stuart Kestenbaum talks to both artists about their careers and work. Kestenbaum will be the curator for Metalsmith magazine’s 2017 Exhibition in Print.

Imagine Peace NowBoris Bally has been coordinating the I.M.A.G.I.N.E Peace Now exhibition, opening this November at Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and traveling to Boston’s Society of Arts & Crafts in early 2017. Included work will respond to, and initiate conversations regarding, the gun violence so prevalent in American culture today.

Baltimore Jewelry CenterBaltimore Jewelry Center has been named a Best of Baltimore winner for “Best Rebirth” by Baltimore Magazine.


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Aaron Faber Gallery, Halstead, NextFab, and Pocosin Arts.

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