From the Field
Named in honor of NYC-based Black jewelry designer Art Smith (1917-1982), a group of 50 jewelry industry brands have joined forces to fund a $50,000 endowed scholarship at The New York Fashion Institute (FIT). It will create scholarships and mentorships to support Black students attending the school’s Jewelry Design program. Learn more
above: Jewelry designer Art Smith (photo courtesy of For Future Reference)
Lois Etherington Betteridge passed away at the age of 91 on February 21, 2020. Lois was a long-time SNAG member and supporter and the recipient of SNAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Lois attended Ontario College of Art for one year and then received her BFA from the University of Kansas in 1951. She established her own studios in Oakville and then Toronto, Canada until she began graduate studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She received her MFA in 1956 and moved to MacDonald Institute in Guelph to teach craft and design. Lois created work and taught for 67 years.
She received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts and election to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1978. Her work is found in private and public collections throughout the world. Canadian metalwork and awareness of the field were greatly influenced by Lois. An exhibition of work in 2000 resulted in the informal group called “The Metal Collective”: peers, students and students-of-students of Lois, who continue to exhibit and are carrying the discipline into the future.
SNAG extends its condolences to all of Lois’ family and friends.
You can read more about Lois’ work and life in this online obituary.
Join InLiquid and our Honorary Chairs, Brigit Brust and Jamie Gordon of Space & Company for the 2020 InLiquid Silent Auction and Benefit. A celebration of contemporary art, design, and craft. This much-anticipated event is not only a fabulous social happening but also a showcase for exceptional contemporary art.
InLiquid’s 20th Anniversary Benefit and Art Auction is a 2-day super-fun art party in support of the Philadelphia region’s artists. Your tickets and auction purchases support over 40 free, public art exhibitions throughout the city each year, and foster the careers of over 350 local artists annually. InLiquid is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving as a resource for the region’s artists and audiences.
This year we are including a select group of interior designers who’ve created vignettes where art lives within one’s home, and a finely curated selection of jewelry from around the world!
Bidding will be open and available online! Can’t make it to the event – participate remotely!
- VIP Preview Reception: Friday Evening, January 31, 6-9 pm
- Family Day: Saturday, February 1, noon -3 pm (for details and to RSVP)
- Main Event: Saturday Evening, February 1, 6-10 pm
There will be a Pick-up Party: Sunday, February 2, noon-5 pm
Join us to pick-up your winning bids, or peruse the available artworks! Can’t make it? Super Bowl pre-gaming got you tied up? We will have other pick-up times available. Questions? 215-235-3405 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mokume artist Steve Midgett is providing free access to his book Mokume Gane: A Comprehensive Study. It includes a “New Layers” section that covers things that Steve and others have learned since the book was first published. See the book here.
In this comprehensive book, Steve shares the art of Mokume Gane from its ancient beginnings in Japan to its resurgence in the digital age along with detailed how-to information for making mokume by multiple methods, and 5 step by step mokume jewelry projects.
“It is my great hope that making this tried and true information freely accessible, will expand the use and appreciation of the art of mokume gane — that it will dispel some of the misunderstanding surrounding the making of mokume gane and ultimately lead to new innovation in the field,” says Steve.
About Steve Midgett
Steve is internationally recognized as a master of Damascus Steel and Mokume Gane. His fascination with these techniques spans four decades, and he has specialized in patterned metal jewelry since 1989. A JCK Rising Star Designer, Niche Award, Saul Bell Award and two time American Vision Award winner, Steve has led workshops on mokume gane and lectured about his work and research throughout the U.S. and around the world. In 2012 he invited his son Jacob to start Steven Jacob, using new era processes to create distinctive mokume gane and Damascus steel jewelry.
Nancy Linkin, a jewlery designer based in Camden, Maine, died on June 28, 2019 of breast cancer. She was 64. Nancy was a long-time SNAG member.
Nancy attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She later received a Masters degree at Washington University in St. Louis where she studied under Heikki Seppa and learned anticlastic forming. She opened her own business, Nancy Linkin Fine Jewelry & Sculpture, in Maine. For over 30 years she sent her work to galleries around the United States.
You can read more about Nancy’s work and life in this online obituary.
SNAG is saddened to hear of her passing, and our thoughts are with her family.