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.
William Baran-Mickle held a solo exhibition in March at Artifact Gallery, New York City. The exhibition, Gestures, was accompanied by a catalog. It included recent metalwork, mostly relief sculpture, created of hammer formed sheet metals fabricated into wall reliefs.
Luana Coonen recently opened Goldlight Jewelers, a shared studio and showroom in San Francisco, with two others jewelers. Last fall, the three goldsmiths joined together to seek out a space for jewelry manufacturing in San Francisco. With the help of SF Made and the Metal Arts Guild the women recently obtained a large workspace in the heart of Union Square.
Jennifer Crupi will be at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco on July 12. Join her for an artist talk and tour of the exhibition A Display of Gestures. Crupi will discuss her work in conversation with David Cole, Adjunct Professor of Jewelry Metal Arts at California College of the Arts.
This summer Christine Dhein will begin an incredible journey focusing on sustainable jewelry practices in cultures around the world. She will visit jewelers in Central and South America, South East Asia, and Europe in order to document traditional techniques from a variety of cultures with photos and videos.
Veronica Eckert‘s piece “Primavera” was selected for the Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature Exhibition that will be held in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Art & the Urban Garden exhibition at the Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago, IL.
Steven Holman held his MFA thesis show, The Tribe: Talismans, Amulets, and Objects of Remembrance, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on the SUNY New Paltz campus in May.
Kristin Diener’s “Eyeball Pendant” is featured on the cover of the book On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets by Suzanne Ramljak. The exhibition Protective Ornament, in conjunction with the book, opens in May at The Metal Museum in Memphis, TN.
John Dodds, an Alamosa, CO artist and high school art teacher, was recently acclaimed in Metalsmith for his anti-trophy artwork. An article related to this was published in the Valley Courier newspaper in Alamosa.
Kaminer Haislip is receiving the Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award on Historic Charleston Foundation Charter Day. Haislip is a contemporary silversmith located in downtown Charleston, SC.
Heather Bayless’ piece Hanging Nest was accepted to the Craft Forms 2013 exhibition and also received a Juror’s Award.
Harriete Berman received first place in the Repurposed Materials in Art & Design category of the 2014 Eco Awards. Her project, Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin, is composed of thousands of #2 pencils that form an ephemeral curtain. The installation emphasizes material reuse, student education, math, science, and diversity.
Parker Brown is the winner of the 2014 SNAG/crafthaus Conference scholarship. Brown is a modern-day armor maker. Not only does he meticulously research the historical costumes, swords, and helmets he recreates, he also documents all his processes and shares them via video documentation and a book project he is about to start. The scholarship is awarded every January to a crafthaus member and is intended to enable his/her attendance at the annual SNAG conference.
Luana Coonen has moved from Hawaii to San Francisco. In February, the Hui No’eau’s The World of Monet: The Artist’s Garden gala event featured Coonen’s Asymmetri
Robyn Dufty was awarded First Place in the Phenomenal Gemstones category of the 2014 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards. The entry was a cabochon-cut opal titled Aurora Borealis in the Night Sky.
Ivan Barnett of Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, was interviewed by ArtBeat about his December exhibition of steel mobiles, titled “Abstraction.” Listen here. An article about his mobiles was also featured in Pasatiempo.
Renee Blackwell has been named the 2013 Micro/Small Business Woman of the Year at the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network awards. Blackwell’s jewelry is sold in over 150 stores and galleries across Australia and New Zealand.
Nick Dong is featured in “Glance,” a publication for the California College of the Arts community. The article focuses on his Enlightenment Room and his teaching at CCA.
Alexandra Hart’s work was part of the exhibition “Allied Craftsmen Today” at the Mingei International Museum. The sculptural vernacular of her “Arthropod” series is derived from the naturally adaptive, jointed, exoskeletal forms of the phylum Arthropoda. The pieces celebrate as “sculpture” the restrictive-yet-highly-functional and protective thorny outer shell of Arthropods such as beetles and crabs.
Anne Havel currently has her work included in two exhibitions: “Material Matters: Making Connections,” part of the ECU Metals Symposium in Greenville, NC and “Molten” at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, IL. Havel’s work will also be included in the upcoming book Behind the Brooch by Lorena Angula, due out in February.
Samantha Skelton is currently the Studio Apprentice at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh,PA, where she is designing and making organic, textural, contemporary wedding and fashion jewelry.
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Halstead, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, K.M. Paulson Goldsmith Ltd., and Tim Roark Imports.