The staff and board of SNAG were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Carolyn Benesh. Carolyn was the founding co-editor and co-publisher of Ornament magazine since 1974. She also worked with Craft in America as an advisor and board members since its inception. Carolyn, along with her son Patrick, have been long-time members and supporters of SNAG. She has brought much to the field through traveling and documenting jewelry, textiles and more. We know that Carolyn will be greatly missed.
You can read a memorial message from Patrick and Robert at Ornament here.
SNAG extends its sincere condolences to all of Carolyn’s family and friends.
Roberta Jean “Robin” Kraft, age 65, of Lafayette Indiana and Portsmouth, Virginia, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020. Robin was a long-time member and supporter of SNAG.
She graduated Naperville High school, Naperville Illinois in 1973, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Painting in 1978 from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Kent State University in 1991.
Robin was Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana from 1994 until her retirement in 2019. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor, devoted to and loved by her students. Her curiosity and thirst for knowledge was infectious and she inspired her students to work hard to meet her expectations.
Robin was an artist in the true sense of the word, approaching her artwork seriously and studiously. Her talent and versatility in material usage enabled her to focus on content. Her work is beautiful, meticulously and painstakingly crafted, eliciting wonder from her audience. Robin’s work had to answer the right questions or would not make it to completion – there was never a ‘good enough’. Her thoughtfulness about a subject was apparent in each piece she made.
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.
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.
How could we forget Marjorie Schick. She took jewelry to another level and paved the way for contemporary jewelry today.
Bill Youmans is a Chicago filmmaker and Marjorie’s cousin. After Marjorie’s passing in December of 2017, he and Marjorie’s son Rob and husband Jim started a film for her memorial which was held In June of 2018.
That film is the basis for a much more inclusive film on Marjorie’s talent and life. “For the memorial we focused on the art but ended up leaving so much more on the cutting room floor. At the memorial we were able to interview people that we weren’t able to contact before. We wanted to come to [the] SNAG [conference] that year but the timing was bad considering the date of the memorial. Marjorie loved SNAG. It gave her a chance to share ideas with her peers, be inspired, be in her element. She loved the pin swap.”
To complete her story they are interviewing curators at the V&A Museum, RTA Galleries in Amsterdam, her publisher in Germany and several others. But her story would not be complete without the voices of her friends and colleagues at SNAG. They will be doing interviews at the 2019 SNAG conference in Chicago on Wednesday, May 22nd between noon and 6:00pm. They would love to hear your stories of Marjorie and your connection to her. If you would like to participate, email Bill to set up a time. If you are not available on May 22nd but would like to participate please contact Bill and he’ll see what arrangements could be made. They are also looking for any photos, videos, etc. that you might have of Marjorie at previous SNAG conferences. Those can be uploaded here.
Thanks in advance to all of those who would like to be a part of the Marjorie Schick story.