Cheryl Eve Acosta, a jewelry designer based in Kansas City, MO, recently had an unique opportunity to design a brooch for former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City commissioned Acosta to create a one-of -a-kind piece to be added to Albright’s brooch collection, which was presented during her visit to Kansas City, MO.
Elizabeth Bucheit of Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, MN has won a ” Gemmy” award from Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist’s Design Competition. The winning entry, entitled “Heart of Ellida,” is a necklace designed and fabricated by Bucheit featuring custom cut Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper by Michael Seiler, carnelian, yellow jade, pearls and fine silver. “Heart of Ellida” will be featured in Interweave Magazine’s hardbound showcase book of the best in contemporary gem and jewelry art.
Kristin Diener’s work “Bird Girl’s Search for Water: Eyeglasses” is on display at the Albuquerque Museum through mid-April in the show All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art. And check out Diener’s feature in the February/March issue of American Craft Magazine which spotlights “Talisman to the Center of the Earth.”
Anne Havel recently had her work included in the exhibition Rock Solid, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT, and her work is included in the exhibition Handcrafted, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC. Havel had her rings “nuclear series: NOW i like rings & lopsided tears” featured in the November 2014 issue of Art Jewelry Magazine, and has been invited to be included in Designing Contemporary Jewelry by Loretta Lam, due out during 2015.
Lauren Kalman is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. This past fall she was awarded the inaugural International Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence position at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra Australia. She spent part of November and December developing new projects.
SNAG members Emily Shaffer and Cara Romano are keeping a blog, called Contemporary Craft Forward, to record and share their year-long internship experience in Ellsworth, Maine. They are learning jewelry bench skills, arts administration and how to manage an art gallery. So far, their subjects include things like setting up a studio, tools, and craft shows. Their blog includes lots of photographs recording their experiences. Be sure to take a look!
Jesper Jensen has created a memorial baton honoring the fallen soldiers of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Fashioned from sterling silver, 18-karat yellow gold, and maple wood, the baton is hand-made and hollowed out to make room for an honor roll of 1866 names of PPCLI members who lost their lives in battle since the infantry’s formation in 1914.
Wendy Wallin Malinow received an AdORNAMENTS Excellence Award from the Racine Art Museum for her ornament design.
emiko oye has been commissioned to create the next limited-edition pin for Art Jewelry Forum. The pins will be distributed exclusively to all new and renewing AJF supporters in 2015. Each brooch consists of a base of seven LEGO® affixed together, and eight to 10 additional toy bricks in a single color, which recipients can use any way they like to build their own configurations atop the base.
Mary Lynn Podiluk has been named a 2015 NICHE Awards Finalist for her handcrafted engagement ring “Infinite.” Inspired by language, the body and nature, Podiluk creates conceptually based jewelry and hollowware pieces. Other SNAG members have also been named as finalists. See more about the 2015 NICHE Awards.
Monica Schmid has been featured in Diablo magazine, a monthly publication written for the San Francisco East Bay. Schmid uses color, stylized forms, textures and stones to create wearable paintings.
Geralyn Sheridan was one of nine designers invited to participate in the 2014 MJSA Design Challenge: A Mother’s Love. Her design was a sculptural ring representing a painting, framed in diamonds and tourmaline.
Elizabeth Shypertt is curating jewelry for San Francisco Bay Area clothing designer, Babette.
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Halstead, and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
Elizabeth Bucheit’s tiaras were included in the “Trends” article in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, August 2014. The article focuses on body adornment.
Kaminer Haislip’s silversmith work was recently featured in the magazines Elle Decor, September 2014 and Traditional Home, October 2014.
Jera Lodge has begun a residency at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Lodge is a jewelry designer who works primarily with steel and silver.
Todd Pownell was presented with the 2014 Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year Award at the JA New York Summer Show in July. Pownell’s jewelry workshop is Tap by Todd Pownell.
Earlier this year, PBS visited metalsmith Rebecca Rose’s studio and captured process, gallery and interview footage for an episode of “WUCF Artisodes.” The show aired in August on over 28 national PBS affiliates.
Alison Antelman received First Place in the 2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition for her Metropolis Bracelet. The event is a survey of the evolution of foldforming as it is applied in the world today in large and small scale; in jewelry, sculpture, architecture, functional objects, and unexpected applications.
Erica Bello is the winner of the 9th annual Halstead Grant competition for new silver jewelry makers. Bello received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 at The Rochester Institute of Technology. After college she worked as a bench jeweler while she continued to strengthen her customer base for Erica Bello Jewelry. Her geometric silver jewelry with an oxidized finish can be described as industrial, bold and edgy with a three-dimensional dynamic. This unique metalsmithing work creates contrast with acute angles and semi-precious stones. Her collection is influenced by architecture and traditional jewelry archetypes.
Robert Ebendorf’s work is featured in “The Life and Times of Robert W. Ebendorf: Jeweler and Metalsmith” at the Racine Art Museum in WI through January 18, 2015. Described as a “cornucopia” of information, Ebendorf has spent 50 years creating jewelry, assemblages, and hollowware from metal and found objects. The exhibition offers more than 100 works that represent almost five decades of his creativity. A Fulbright Scholar, Tiffany Foundation Grant Award winner, and founding member of SNAG, Ebendorf’s work is represented in museums around the world.
Gayle Friedman’s work was included in “The Grace of Craft” at The Capitol Arts Network in Rockville, MD. The exhibition ran during June 2014.
Niki Grandics, San Diego State University, is a recipient of a 2014 Windgate Fellowship in the Jewelry category. Every year, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design awards $15,000 Windgate Fellowships to ten undergraduate seniors with extraordinary skill in craft – one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students.
Anne Havel recently had her work included in two exhibitions: “Winners Circle,” the folllow-up exhibition for all award winners of the Gallery North Outdoor Art Show, and “Unleashed,” Women’s Caucus for Art’s exhibition, Colorado chapter. Havel’s piece haeckel ocean series: spent was featured in the March 2014 Art Jewelry Magazine “Gallery” section.