Cappy Counard curated the exhibition Forging a Link: Metalsmiths Respond to the Mercer Collection. It is on view at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA, September 28, 2019-January 5, 2020. The museum, in collaboration with Cappy, invited twenty-three blacksmiths, metalsmiths, and jewelers to create a piece of artwork directly influenced by their experience with Mercer’s collection and architecture. Participating artists are Sue Amendolara, Lynn Batchelder, Erica Bello, Melanie Bilenker, Cappy Counard, Maria Eife, Michael Gayk, Ian Henderson, Warren Holzman, Jera Lodge, Becky McDonah, Tedd McDonah, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Dan Neville, Nash Quinn, Patrick J. Quinn, Stephen Reynolds, Mike Rossi, Courtney Starrett, Katja Toporski, Pamela J. Wallace, Stacey Lee Webber and Adam Whitney. Their diverse work seeks to disrupt, question, and inject a moment of unexpected wonder into the Mercer experience while asking viewers to contemplate a broader way of thinking through the objects that connect us.
Emma Hoekstra has won the 2019 Halstead Grant for new jewelry businesses. Her company, Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, is based in Grand Rapids, MI. She graduated with a B.F.A from Grand Valley State University in 2017.
Anne Havel was honored to be one of the jurors for SNAG’s Educational Endowment Scholarships in 2019. Additionally, she created and collaborated with Martha Banyas to launch “Project Mesh,” an annual gathering of a dozen enamelists to pursue and advance the field of enamels. Anne’s work will be included in the upcoming books: The Art of Fine Enameling, Second Edition by Karen Cohen and Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design by Loretta Lam.
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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Clara Williams, Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, and Steven Jacob, Inc.