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.
We are sorry to hear that former SNAG member Elise Winters passed away on January 1, 2019 after a long struggle with cancer. Winters, recognized as one of the nation’s leading polymer artists and jewelry designers, grew up in Rochester, New York. Her formal education includes an initial arts degree from Syracuse University, and advanced degrees from Montclair and the New School Universities.
Her life as an art professional began in the 1970s with work as a potter and then turned to photography. Time spent in Japan allowed her to enrich her understanding of both ceramics and sumi-e brush painting. The Japanese influence, in both its reverence for nature and its respect for subtlety of design, has informed her work with luminous polymer clay jewelry.
Winters’ work can be found in the permanent collections of 6 major museums. She and her work have been featured in more than a dozen of the most widely selling books on polymer art and in numerous arts magazines, the most recent being the Oct/Nov 2011 issue of American Craft magazine. and the June 2012 issue of Metalsmith magazine. An artist profile also appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Ornament magazine.
Information and images taken from www.elisewinters.com ; photo of artist by Barbara Bordnick.
Long-time SNAG member Nancy Monkman passed away on October 2, 2018. Nancy served as the editor of SNAG News for over a decade until August 2009. Her excellent work on the newsletter while it was still a printed publication helped all of us become more informed and appreciative of what was going on with SNAG and its members.
Nancy was also a founding member of the Metal Art Society of Southern California and a member of Northern California Enamel Guild.
There will be a celebration of her life on November 3, 2018 in Pasadena, CA. SNAG members who are interested in attending can contact SNAG for more information.